EJ Awardee Spotlight: Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network

May 10, 2016

While Boston continues to grapple with rampant gentrification and economic inequality, community groups have come together to stabilize our neighborhoods. The Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network, led by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), formed to champion community control of land and protect low-income households from displacement through land trusts (CLTs).

“Momentum for this network has been building since the end of the foreclosure crisis as we started to think about how to prevent mass displacement on that level from happening again,” said Eliza Parad, Community Organizer at DSNI. “Land trusts are a way to plan for future generations to make sure that the work we do now to reclaim land and housing keeps low-income and working class families in Boston permanently.”

The network launched in April to facilitate the development of CLTs in the Boston area. CLTs operate by taking property out of the profit-driven real estate market and placing it in communal ownership to ensure long-term affordability and economic development. The model addresses the root causes of inequality in land and property ownership and fosters community-driven neighborhood development. DSNI was the first group in Boston to form a CLT, Dudley Neighbors, Inc., and the Chinese Progressive Association formed the Chinatown Community Land Trust in 2015.

ACE is proud to be part of the network alongside the Boston Tenant Coalition, Chinatown Community Land Trust, City Life/Vida Urbana, Coalition for Occupied Homes in Foreclosure, Dudley Neighbors, Inc., Greater Bowdoin Geneva Neighborhood Association, Mattapan United, New England United for Justice, Right to the City – Boston, Somerville Community Corporation and the Urban Farming Institute