Community Land Trust (CLT) Initiative

We are in the process of building a CLT to defend our homes and our neighborhood. The COVID-19 crisis has made our mission all the more urgent. Financial crises have had a devastating impact on East New York residents.

How Do CLTs Work?

The nonprofit CLT owns the land and issues 99-year renewable leases for affordable housing and other community needs. works to ensure that it is used in a way that benefits the community.

Democratically governed by a 3-part board

Residents of the CLT; Members of the surrounding community; Public officials, housing experts and other advisors.

Flexible, proven model with many applications

Preserve and enhance low-income housing and other places of value to the community; Develop unused spaces to meet community needs.

Ongoing community organizing and partnerships

An alternative way to take land out of the market and to ensure it is used to develop housing and other spaces that are inclusive and affordable for all.

CLT Model

A tool for economic stability and community wealth generation

A Tool For Economic Stability

During the prior market meltdown, mortgage delinquencies and foreclosure filings were significantly lower among CLT homeowners than homeowners of unrestricted, market-rate properties.

Intervention to cure mortgage delinquency

Strategies include: Pre-purchase education; Pre/post purchase stewardship; Prevention of high risk loans; Detection of delinquencies; Intervention with delinquent homeowners

A Tool For Community Wealth Generation

CLTs also seek to preserve affordability for future generations through: Resale restrictions in the 99-year ground lease Property tax exemptions


It is more pressing than ever to establish a #CLTforENY! Post on social media, call, and email elected officials to take a stand.


The East New York Community Land Trust Initiative
The East New York Community Land Trust Initiative1 day ago
We are having technical difficulties streaming the zoom meeting on facebook live. We are recording this meeting and will share the recording on our page afterwards. Apologies!
The East New York Community Land Trust Initiative
The East New York Community Land Trust Initiative2 days ago
Calling all young people from the ages of 13-18 in the East New York community! DO NOT MISS!! this opportunity to make a difference with your art work. The winner gets a prize!! Enjoy the summer fun and make you time worth it!
The East New York Community Land Trust Initiative
The East New York Community Land Trust Initiative
The East New York Community Land Trust Initiative1 week ago
"Tired of decades of discrimination and predatory housing practices, residents are demanding change and understand that they must take matters into their own hands. Community members have mobilized around a unique approach to tackling economic and housing injustices through the creation of the East New York Community Land Trust (ENY CLT) Initiative." - Afiya Lahens, Niani Taylor, Albert Scott Jr., ENY CLT Steering Committee members East New York News
2 days ago
The Tax Lien Sale Reform Conference is TODAY at 6:30 pm!

Presentation and Q&A - @CNYCN @TakerootNYC @NYCCLI @CHLDC

Join via Zoom:
Watch live on our facebook page:
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4 days ago
We know that the tax lien sale disproportionately impacts communities of color like East New York.

The tax lien sale program expires at the end of THIS year.

Learn more about this unjust program and take action!

Register on Zoom:
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1 week ago
Thread: This week we found out that @NYCCouncil will fund the CLT Initiative by $650K. Although this falls short of the over $1M that we asked for, we thank them. We also want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT 🗣️ to the electeds that helped and the Steering Com Members that pushed HARD 1/3
1 week ago
"As proud members of the ENY CLT, we have witnessed how empowered volunteers are working to make the CLT a reality and give our community a fighting chance against gentrification and displacement."
@NYCSpeakerCoJo @NYCCouncil @NYCMayor @EastNewYorkNews
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