University of Wisconsin–Madison

Community Control of Land & Housing: Exploring Strategies for Combating Displacement, Expanding Ownership, and Building Community Wealth

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Housing
A historical legacy of displacement and exclusion, rooted in racism and discriminatory public policy, has restricted access and shaped ownership dynamics to land and housing, particularly for people of color and low-income communities. Today, communities across the country are facing new threats of instability, unaffordability, disempowerment, and displacement due to various economic, demographic, and cultural changes that are putting increased pressure on land and housing resources. This report provides an overview of strategies and tools that establish community control of land and housing, to address these problems; these include Limited Equity Cooperatives (LECs), Resident Owned Communities (ROCs), Community Land Trusts (CLTs), Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs), and Land Banks.

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