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What is a Land Trust?

January 6, 2012

    A land trust is a nonprofit organization that holds land for the benefit of a community. There are two common land trust models: conservation and community. As their names suggest, conservation land trusts hold land in order to protect and preserve it. Community land trusts own land in order to provide permanent affordable housing to  Continue Reading »

Supportive Housing Stories

January 5, 2012

  Commonwealth Land Trust owns and manages over 250 units of supportive housing, serving formerly homeless and very low-income individuals. CLT practices a client-centered approach to service provision, recognizing that each of our residents has unique challenges and an important personal history. The five clients featured here –Russell, Paula, Kevin, Stephano, and Whitney– have overcome  Continue Reading »

Family Housing Stories

January 4, 2012

  Commonwealth Land Trust owns and manages over 150 apartments in Lower Roxbury and Chelsea, serving formerly homeless and low- to moderate-income families. Many residents have lived in CLT housing for decades, including Althea Niles, Richard Brown, and Sara Rosa, who share their stories here.   To spread awareness of Commonwealth Land Trust’s resident stories, please  Continue Reading »

HIV/AIDS & Homelessness

January 3, 2012

    COMMONWEALTH LAND TRUST FIGHTS HIV/AIDS & HOMELESSNESS   Commonwealth Land Trust has provided housing and supportive services to homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS since 1990. During the early years of the epidemic, many individuals living with HIV/AIDS suffered rapid heath declines and displayed visible symptoms of the disease. They faced discrimination, unemployment, poverty,  Continue Reading »

Homeless Veterans

January 2, 2012

    United States veterans comprise 10-20% of Commonwealth Land Trust’s supportive housing population. Like other supportive housing residents, they may be struggling with physical disabilities, mental health challenges, addictions, HIV/AIDS, and histories of chronic homelessness. The success of CLT’s veteran clients, over 95% of whom remain in permanent housing, is a testament to the effectiveness  Continue Reading »