The North East Housing Initiative [under CCLT]

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Country United State
City Baltimore, MD (serves neighborhoods of North-East Baltimore)
Name The North East Housing Initiative [under CCLT]
Date 2012
Description The state is considered a “strategic partner” to NEHI, which works closely with local and state officials to realize their vision.The NEHI, as the CLT, holds control over who receives ownership to the homes they originally acquire. Note that to date, this is all theoretical, as they haven’t yet acquired any home.They go beyond serving the need to provide additional low cost housing to Baltimore, but the broader, and more ambitious goal, of maintaining community control over their neighborhoods and preventing them from being taken over by gentrification or private development. The CLT, as the legal owner of the land they acquire, gets to control who purchases the homes on their properties and therefore, the use of their land, which they see as community land.

The NEHI began as Catholic Church group into a much broader coalition of community members, religious groups, and activists of all backgrounds all of whom live in East Baltimore neighborhoods.  They are dedicated to building change for Baltimore through community land trusts and personal ownership. Their hope is to separate land from homeownership, so that homeowners who normally couldn’t afford to own a home can own their own homes, while NEHI maintains ownership of the land where the home resides.  In this way, ownership and control of the land will be shared and co-governed. NEHI’s hope is to allow most of the control over homeownership and use of the land to reside with the homeowner, and therefore the community members; but NEHI’s remains present as not only the owner of the land but as a “back stop” in the event that the homeowner comes into trouble and needs some help, including in the event of a mortgage default.  By creating a CLT, NEHI also helps to control and monitor how their land is used, and therefore, can prevent gentrification or private development of community land. They have many partners and collaborators, see here, which include local and state government actors, community associations, other nonprofits, foundations, lending institutions, and community developers.  Each has a role in, and is essential to, the realization of NEHI‘s vision.

Its board of directors is composed of individuals drawn from three sectors, all equally represented: 1/3 community residents, 1/3 lessees, and 1/3 community leaders. It has worked closely with local university and knowledge institutions, notably including the University of Maryland Law School Clinic, and has also consulted with local community developers and other community groups, who help with their advocacy and fundraising work.

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Project Website NEHI :
References, sources, contact person(s) The Baltimore Housing Roundtable:

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Posted on

June 8, 2018