Our Work

Expanding Community Land Trusts in New York City is a big and complex goal, so we have organized work groups to focus on different aspects of NYCCLI’s efforts.


The housing crisis is big, and the community land trust model is complex, so this work group is focused on creating and sharing popular-education materials that will help us facilitate discussion around these ideas with various audiences. We’re also focused on identifying new organizations and individuals that should be part of the conversation; identifying self-interest and working collaboratively with them to create CLTs that meet the needs of diverse communities.  For more information or to join this group, contact Ryan Hickey at ryan@picturethehomeless.org or Lauren Wilfong at lauren@neweconomynyc.org.


Community land trusts allow for grassroots development led by directly-impacted communities, but government still has a role to play. What policies and laws need to be changed to facilitate the creation and expansion of community land trusts?  What new policies and laws are needed?  P&L is focused on understanding the policy/legislative landscape, clarifying our goals, translating them into legislative language, and developing a strategy. This workgroup will also focus on the involvement of elected officials and city agency heads, as well as other powerful potential allies.  For more information or to join this group, contact Jenny Akchin at jenny@picturethehomeless.org or Susan Shin at susan@neweconomynyc.org.