Beautiful, sustainable housing — designed and built in the North, community-driven and affordable forever.

whitehorse community overview

what is a community land trust?

A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a non-profit land stewardship model that creates and preserves affordable, community-driven housing. A CLT provide a legal mechanism to hold land interests for the purpose of creating homes that remain permanently affordable.

Residents purchase homes based on our net cost rather than market value, passing along the affordability provided through government support and our not-for-profit approach. Price controls, which are typically tied to inflation, are built into the model to keep the homes affordable at resale.

community land trusts create unique opportunities for:

  • Intentional community design and support for lower-income households
  • Higher-quality housing at lower construction costs than typical for-profit developers
  • Access to home ownership, stability and autonomy for households that cannot finance market prices
  • Household equity building instead of landlord wealth
Price of a detached house in the private market vs. community land trust

Beautiful, sustainable housing — designed and built in the North, community-driven and affordable forever.

what is a community
land trust?

A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a non-profit land ownership model that creates and preserves affordable, community-owned housing. CLTs provide a legal mechanism to hold land in trust for the purpose of creating housing so that it remains permanently affordable. People access the housing through a long term lease plus the value of the housing. Price controls, which are typically tied to inflation, are built into the model to prevent the speculative resale of the housing.

Price of a detached house in the private market vs. community land trust
Price of a detached house in the private market vs. community land trust

community land trusts create unique opportunities for:

  • Intentional community design and support for low-income families
  • Higher-quality housing at a lower cost per square foot than typical developers
  • People who do not have access to private financing to build equity in their homes