December 20, 2022—Now available for download, Community Matters: Conversations With Reflective Practitioners about the Value and Variety of Resident Engagement in Community Land Trusts is a collection of interviews with reflective practitioners working with CLTs in Boston, Brussels, Houston, London, and San Juan who participated in two very inspiring webinars run by the Center for CLT Innovation in late 2021. The interviews were transcribed to offer inspiration to new practitioners seeking to center the “C” in CLT. Catalytic Communities’ Theresa Williamson was invited to write the concluding chapter, Chapter 8. Concluding Thoughts: Community Land Trusts As Scaffolding for Continually Thriving Communities.
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Community Matters: Conversations with Reflective Practitioners about the Value and Variety of Resident Engagement in Community Land Trusts is the first in the Center for CLT Innovation’s interview series of publications, featuring leading CLT practitioners from around the globe.
Community land trusts (CLTs) are distinguished from many other nonprofit housing developers by the degree to which residents of the places served by a CLT are woven into the culture, structure, and operation of the organization itself. This participatory element-the “C” in CLT-is just as important to what a CLT is and does as its distinctive approach to the ownership of land and the stewardship of housing.
The practitioners featured in the present volume epitomize the persistence of this commitment to community-and its complexity. Working with CLTs in Boston, Brussels, Houston, London, and San Juan, they have championed a variety of strategies for giving residents an active voice in planning and development. They have also changed strategies when needed. The stories of these experienced practitioners explore the whys and ways of keeping “community” alive in organizations like theirs. They offer a virtual master class in resilient resident engagement.