A Year of Growth

2015 was another big year for the City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT). One of the larger changes for the organization was the merger with Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis (NHSM) in July. In addition to growing the CLCLT staffing by close to 50% with the addition of Glennis Ter Wisscha and Karin Williamson from NHSM, the CLCLT will ...

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Pedal to the Metal

Jessica BergmanTank is the creative mind behind Pedal to the Metal, an innovative approach to bringing metal casting to the community through special events and projects. “Bringing arts to the community makes art less intimidating and more accessible for people. Metal arts has a wide range – from welding to blacksmith to metal clay.” Jessica’s first experience with metal arts was ...

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Multi-Generational Housing Gaining Momentum

CLCLT Program Director, Staci Horwitz, was recently interviewed by ShelterForce (a publication of the National Housing Institute) about the need for housing specific to multi-generational households and the conversations within affordable housing circles. Click here to read the full article.

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The Next Generation of Housing

An early 2016 closing noted the completion of the CLCLT’s Green Homes North Initiative homes. The homes, built in the Lind-Bohanon neighborhood, resulted in a number of "firsts" for the CLCLT and the community, including: • First new single-family construction for the organization; • First purposely designed multi-generational, single-family homes in the CLCLT; • First accessory dwelling units (ADU’s) (newly constructed) under ...

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Rebuilding More than Houses

Successes of Hennepin County Sentencing to Service Homes 2015 marked the sale of the fifth home completed in partnership with Hennepin County Sentencing to Service Homes (STS Homes) and Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). STS Homes rehabs the homes as part of their on-the-job carpenter training program for men and women primarily from Hennepin County who are on probation in the ...

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An Ongoing Partnership

In March 2015 the CLCLT achieved another milestone when buyer, Susan Solarz, closed on a duplex in the Ventura Village neighborhood in South Minneapolis. The up-down duplex (one unit above the other) was rehabbed by Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GMHC) and features 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms in the lower unit and 2 bedrooms and 1 bath in the upper ...

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First Generation Homeownership

Rhea Blue Arm has called Little Earth United Tribes (LEUT) her home for over 20 years. During that time she has watched LEUT undergo changes from her apartments on both "The Big Side" and "The Little Side" of Cedar Avenue (LEUT resident’s nicknames to differentiate between the apartment buildings on either side of Cedar Avenue) in which she was raising ...

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This House Is Not For Sale

THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE is a public art project conceived of by artist, Witt Siasoco (recipient Forecast Public Art Jerome Project Grant) and poet, Molly Van Avery (recipient Activities Grant from Metropolitan Regional Arts Council), founder of Poetry for People. Utilizing the realty sign as both a symbol for the themes of the project and as a structure ...

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City of Lakes Community Land Trust

The mission of the CLCLT is to provide and foster stewardship of perpetually affordable home ownership opportunities for low-   and moderate-income individuals and families throughout Minneapolis.

Our mission is achieved through three major objectives:

  • Assisting households that otherwise would never be able to purchase a home responsibly in having the ability to do so;
  • Ensuring that, if and when the homeowner(s) decide to sell, the CLCLT is there to keep the home(s) affordable for other income-qualified households; and
  • Provide support necessary for CLCLT homeowners be successful in homeownership.

Visit our “Ownership Options” page for more information about our programs.

CLCLT Upcoming Events:

CLCLT Orientation, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Patrick Henry High School, 4320 Newton Ave N, Minneapolis, 55412.

CLCLT Orientation, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., CLCLT Office at 1930 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, 55405.

CLCLT Orientation, Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., CLCLT Office at 1930 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, 55405.

To RSVP contact Jennifer at 612.594.7145 or email by clicking here.

African American Housing Opportunity Report

In 2014 the CLCLT had the privilege to participate and collaborate with the Minneapolis Urban League, Northside Community Response Team members, and the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) on a survey and report concentrated on African American residents in Minneapolis. Over the last year, almost 900 Northside African Americans responded to an in-depth survey focused on better understanding housing opportunities and challenges facing the community. The information provided through this report is critical as we look at programs, policies and investments within the community. Read the full report here.

Bottineau Corridor Housing Needs & Affordability Assessment

In Spring 2014, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs Graduate Students David Davies, Tony Damiano, Wes Johnson, and Dean Porter completed a comprehensive review of the affordable housing opportunities and challenges facing communities along the proposed Bottineau segment of the Light Rail Transit Blue Line. This team of students provides compelling data that demonstrates the current housing stresses and future transit development pressures. Click on the link below to read the comprehensive report.

Bottineau Housing Report – July 22, 2014

To download Land Stewardship at TOD Workshop materials, click here.

Thank you to our 2015 Event & Training Sponsors for your generous support!

CLCLT Sponsors - 2015



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