Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT) celebrated its 25th anniversary March 9 with a reception and concert featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock.
U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) and Donald Phoenix, the southern district director for NeighborWorks America, were among those attending the event to express their support and congratulate the organization for its impact on the quality of life and affordability of the neighborhoods in southwest central Durham.
“Our commitment to permanently affordable housing is what differentiates Durham Community Land Trustees from other developers of affordable housing,” said Executive Director Selina Mack.
DCLT was created to ensure that housing in its targeted neighorhoods would remain permanently affordable despite fluctuations in housing prices over time. The model protects affordability and public subsidies by limiting the resale price of housing units in those areas. The model has become increasingly popular, particularly among government entities and municipalities. Currently, more than 250 community land trusts exist in the United States and elsewhere.
DCLT was formed by residents of the Burch Avenue and West End neighborhoods in Durham, who banded together in protest of crime and neighborhood housing conditions. Out of this grass-roots movement, the nonprofit organization was created to stabilize the neighborhoods through homeownership, create affordable, well-managed rental options and help organize the voice of community residents.
Today, more than 200 units of permanently affordable housing have been developed in the six contiguous neighborhoods served by DCLT.
In addition to housing development, DCLT’s work with community residents has improved the safety and quality of the neighborhoods through such projects as co-developing a neighborhood community center, installing bus shelters, addressing drainage issues, improving street lighting and organizing community clean-ups.
For more information, visit www.dclt.org.