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Introduction to Community Land Trusts

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are neighbourhood controlled nonprofits that take land off the speculative real estate market for the long-term benefit of the tenant and working class. The buildings on that land, such as housing, gardens, parks, or stores, are governed by the land trust’s members. CLTs are seeing a new wave of interest from policymakers, residents, and anyone worrying about the housing crisis we face. Join CLT practitioner Chiyi Tam, for a short course on the what, why and how of community land trusts.

This course will introduce you to debates, case studies, theoretical literature, and practical tools concerning the CLT movement in North America. You will explore issues related to property and land ownership, including colonial private property relations, urban displacement, anti-capitalist approaches to land, and participatory models of land use. You will also be introduced to case studies of Indigenous-led, Black-led, and Chinatown CLTs in North America.

This is an ideal course for anyone with curiosity for alternatives to our current housing and real estate system, as well as CLT-curious residents and professionals who are wondering whether a CLT solution is right for addressing their community’s current issues.

This course is run by The Estuary Institute and will be taught by Chiyi Tam, Managing Director, Toronto Chinatown Land Trust and Early Career Canadian Urban Leader, School of Cities.

The course is hosted online from 12-1.30 PM ET on Saturday February 3, 10, 17 & 24.