Communities That Care CLT (CTC-CLT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit property developer based in Gainesville, Florida, serving Alachua County.
OUR MISSION: To develop diverse communities of owner-occupied housing which support low to moderate income working families and individuals, ensuring affordability.
Retired physician and acting Executive Director
Executive Director, Alachua Habitat for Humanity
VP for Housing, Meridian Mental Health
Project Manager, Sherer Construction
President, Capital City Bank
Community Arts Coalition, Inc.
Founder, Alachua County Moble Health Clinic
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse Manager,
A community land trust is a nonprofit corporation that develops and stewards affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces and other community assets on behalf of a community. A CLT is a tool that creates a public space where individual citizens can collaborate to influence both the shape and pace of development in their neighborhood. It is a means by which a community can build local community wealth and make home ownership accessible to families otherwise excluded for the private housing market.
Here is how the CLT works to promote home ownership (the Shared Equity Model):
The CLT is a young organization in the process of building capacity and raising operational funding. We hope to start our first property development project in 2019. When we are ready to accept applications for the purchase of CLT homes, the announcement will be published on this site. Please stay tuned.
Based in Durham, NC, the Jackson Center in collaboration with Self-Help Credit Union have created an effective partnership to preserve traditional neighborhoods, prevent displacement and create affordable housing. On March 22 the Jackson Center team toured selected neighborhoods in Gainesville, Florida, with citizen representatives from each community. At 2 PM the team presented a review of the Center's programs designed to build community leadership and networking structures in the Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, area and implement neighborhood preservation and displacement prevention efforts. A four hour workshop open to the general community was held on March 23rd was attended by several hundred citizens. Key features of the model include an "abundance model" of development where executive decision making on all projects is in the hands of citizen boards consisting of neighborhood residents, the creation of a Land Bank to hold sensitive properties pending development, the creation of a large Affordable Housing Trust Fund and full engagement including financial support from local universities (UNC and Duke). The trust fund and land bank allow the community to compete in the market with for-profit developers and provide time for the neighborhood leadership to come to consensus on the direction and rate of development. One of the property developers collaborating on the projects is a community land trust. It was clear that many elements of this strategy could be implemented in Alachua County. Plans were make to continue the dialogue with the Jackson Center and Self-Help administrators to further the goal of implementation in Alachua County.
On April 3rd the CTC-CLT submitted an application for a Ford Foundation College Community Challenge Grant. This $25,000 grant features collaboration between the Alachua County, Florida, Pleasant Street Neighborhood, the CLT and the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program. The rational and details of the execution plan of the grant are contained in the downloadable file link below.
Capital City Bank
Lydia B. Stokes Foundation
Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
City of Gainesville
Conservation Clinic - University of Florida College of Law
Florida Community Design Center
Florida Housing Coalition
Gainesville-4-all (James Lawrence)
The Gainesville Sun
United Way of North Central Florida
University of Florida Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
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