NYCCLI Resources

Popular Education Materials:

Watch our 2014 video, which explains how community land trusts (CLTs) work, introduces founding NYCCLI members, and outlines NYCCLI’s work to grow CLTs to combat NYC’s affordability crisis. (Since this video was created, more than a dozen new CLTs have taken root across NYC!)
Our board game, Trustville, invites players to embrace the role of neighborhood stewards as board members of the local CLT. Players’ characters are faced with different scenarios that can help or hurt the community and must make decisions collectively about what their community needs. At the end, players work together to decide what to create on a vacant lot the land trust has acquired. Players emerge from the game with a better understanding of what CLTs and MHAs are, as well as how they could help their community secure permanently affordable housing for people with extremely low incomes. Contact us to discuss bringing Trustville to your organization or community!
Harnessing the power of storytelling, Fighting to Save our Communities: How Community Land Trusts can Help us Take Control of our Buildings, Neighborhoods, and Futures takes readers through the steps of organizing a building to join a community land trust. Based heavily on real-life organizing in East Harlem, NY, this comic illustrates the milestones on the way to effectively organizing a CLT. The comic can be read alone, or acted out with a group of tenants for a more interactive exercise. Finally, the comic folds out to display an eye-catching poster designed to raise awareness and spark conversation around CLTs. Check out the digital file in either English or Spanish, or contact us to request paper copies.



CLT Governance Options
CLT Governance Options
The Lay of the (Community) Land (Trust)
The Lay of the (Community) Land (Trust)
CLTs With Municipal Support
CLTs With Municipal Support
How CLTs Do Development
How CLTs Do Development


Testimony and Policy Recommendations:

NYCCLI Statement on the New York State Budget, March 9, 2022

NYCCLI Testimony Submitted to NYC Racial Justice Commission, September 28, 2021

Community Land Trusts as Holistic Tools for Shared Equity, July 9, 2021

Joint Statement of Principles on Shared Equity, July 9, 2021

Statement in Response to NYC’s FY22 Budget, June 30, 2021

Commodifying our communities: The case for abolishing NYC’s tax lien sale and prioritizing community land trusts in a new tax collection and property disposition system, November 23, 2020

Letter to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson, Opposing Reauthorization of NYC’s Lien Sale for Property Tax, Water and Other Municipal Debts, November 18, 2020

Statement: For a Just Recovery, Give Communities Control of Land, July 6, 2020

NYCCLI testimony before NYC Council Housing and Buildings Committee, on proposed amendments to Local Law 64, January 13, 2020

NYCCLI testimony before the NYC Council Housing and Buildings Committee on Intro. 722, April 2018

NYCCLI Statement on Passage of Community Land Trust Legislation, NYC Intro 1269-A, December 2017

NYCCLI Testimony before the NYC Council on Intro. 1269, in relation to the creation of regulatory agreements with community land trusts, October 2017

NYCCLI Testimony before the NYC Council, regarding Intro. 385-A, amending the NYC Charter and Administrative Code in relation to tax lien sale, January 2017