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 […]...

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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 […]...

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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 […]...

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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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CLCLT Advocates for $20 Million in City Investment
“I believe all [citizens of Minneapolis] should be able to become homeowners…and they deserve to have safe, comfortable homes. CLCLT and the rehab assistance they provide after closing make this possible.” ~ CLCLT Homeowner This past year has been amazing for the CLCLT. In 2014 we were awarded $1.1 million from Minnesota Housing, $150,000 from […]...

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Bottineau Housing Report 2014
This past spring, 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 LRT Blue Line. This team of students provides compelling data that demonstrates the […]...

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Welcome
Welcome to City of Lakes Community Land Trust's new blog, "Building Blocks"! Check here weekly for items of interest related to community land trusts and affordable housing in Minneapolis. Thanks for reading!...

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Anything is Possible
Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a two and a half Undoing Racism training. A CLCLT homeowner and myself joined a group of over thirty other staff, board members and resident from another eight North Minneapolis focused organizatio......

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Responsible, people-focused, Contract for Deeds
A couple of weeks back, there were several of articles and editorials speaking to many of the potential pitfalls and scams that await unsuspecting Contract for Deed buyers http://www.startribune.com/opinion/editorials/186544251.html. As many house......

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A Youth Advocate – CLCLT Homeowner Margaret
CLCLT Homeowner Margaret grew up in the Iron Range of Minnesota but has been in the Twin Cities for most of her adult life. Margaret purchased her CLCLT home in December of 2010 on the Northside of Minneapolis. "I wanted stability and I wanted my ......

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A New Homeowner
"I get to live affordably with a stable place for my kids and I get to invest in the community. It’s a win, win, win," said the CLCLT’s newest homeowner, Tiffany Enriquez. Tiffany purchased her South Minneapolis home this past July. Tiffany is ori......

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Amazing, Inspiring Authors
This past week I attended a reading and author's comments at the African Development Center for the recent book titled, Somalis in Minnesota, written by Ahmed Yusuf. The link to see/purchase the book is http://www.amazon.com/Somalis-Minnesota-Peop......

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