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New Housing Projects
Bay Area Community Land Trust is working with the McGee Avenue Baptist Church in South Berkeley to renovate eight units of housing. The church owns the property, but it has been boarded up for many years and requires major renovation to bring the units back to habitability. BACLT and MABC have been working together for several months to reach an agreement where the church will retain ownership of the property and BACLT will oversee the renovation and manage the units after the renovation is completed.
8 Bedroom House in Oakland. We are negotiating with the owner to purchase this beautiful collective house and work with the residents to make it resident controlled housing.
National CLT Conference in Oakland, October 9-12, 2017
The 2017 Community Land Trust conference will be presented by the Grounded Solutions Network (formerly the National CLT Network) in Oakland from October 9th to 12th, in partnership with BACLT, the Bay Area Consortium of CLTs and the California CLT Network. Rick Lewis will be on a panel on Co-op housing on Wednesday, October 11th. Please contact us for more information.
BACLT is working with the California CLT Network on two pieces of legislation to reduce property taxes on CLT properties. BACLT will take a leading role in reducing property taxes on Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives within a Community Land Trust. Others will work on legislation to exempt CLT properties from taxes during the development phase. Most affordable housing in California is developed as rental housing and qualifies for reductions and exemptions of property taxes. Since CLTs develop affordable ownership housing, the properties are often assessed at market values and property taxes are based on those valuations. We hope to change that in 2018.
The East Bay Cooperative Housing Coalition held a Co-op Gathering March 11th, 2017.
at Berkeley Cohousing.
The theme of this Gathering of the Co-ops was: Co-op Chores, and the different approaches taken by various cooperative living communities. Berkeley Cohousing hosted the event in their beautiful common house, and nearly thirty people attending, representing many co-ops, cohousing communities, and collective households.
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Programs & Projects
Donating Your Home
By donating your land or home(s) to Bay Area Community Land Trust, you can leave a legacy of permanently affordable housing for generations to come, and challenge the assumptions of a runaway, speculative real estate market. Read more...
BACLT continues to provide training for housing co-ops and other community living groups. We are currently training residents at the Haskell Street Condo Associations on Capital Replacement Budgets. Click here to learn more about our Training Services.
Hibiscus Commons is a new BACLT committee that is working to develop a senior co-op in the East Bay. Made up of a group of women who have been working for two years to develop a cohousing co-op, we welcome them as part of BACLT and are working to help them fulfill their dream and to create a model Elder Co-op that goes back to some of our earliest plans. Read more...
10th Annual Member Meeting!
Bay Area Community Land Trust celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the Annual Member meeting on November 12. 28 people attended and viewed brief slide presentations celebrating BACLT’s first 10 years, and Ninth Street Co-ops 30th Anniversary. We showed the very moving video Arc of Justice, which traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI) in southwest Georgia, a story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles. Steve Barton and Steve King made presentations on the successful housing measures, Berkeley’s U1, Oakland’s KK and Alameda County’s A1, all passed with over 70% of the vote and will make millions of dollars available for affordable housing in our area. For full minutes from the Annual Meeting click here.
Ninth Street Co-op is 30 Years Old!
Ninth Street Co-op was formed in 1986, and became a member co-op of BACLT on January 1, 2015.
Brown Shingle Mutual Housing Progress Report
BACLT acquired the three Brown Shingle buildings sixteen months ago, and we have made tremendous progress in renovating the property and preparing the residents for self-management. Read more...
East Bay Cooperative Housing Gatherings
Thirty people from housing co-ops gathered at Parker Street Co-op Sept 27th. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful Saturday afternoon of fun, food, and discussion, as well as guided tours of Parker Street Co-op’s rooftop garden, vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, and fruit trees. A delicious lunch of Middle Eastern foods, was provided by Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union.
Brian Pearson, announced that a new Worker-owned Construction Co-op has incorporated and will specialize in providing maintenance, repairs, and construction services to housing cooperatives. You can reach Brian at 510-229-8992. Next, Menelva Boyd, a Parker Street Co-op member who works at the Co-op Credit Union gave a presentation about the Credit Union’s new policy of offering Co-op Share Loans to members who want to move into a housing cooperative. The Credit Union will provide up to $35,000 for a share loan at a limited equity co-op, and members can call 510-647-2126 to apply.
We then had the garden tour and everyone expressed admiration despite Parker Street’s limited space around their buildings, they have found ways to plant so many vegetables, fruit trees, and flower beds and create such an urban oasis of food and beauty. This was facilitated by removing concrete in several areas to allow for more planting.
The next East Bay Cooperative Housing Coalition event is planned for March, 2017 and Mary at Berkeley Cohousing volunteered to host this event. Stay tuned for details!