Equity Trust is a Supporting Partner of the National Community Land Trust Network, the umbrella organization supporting the work of community land trusts across the United States. The National CLT Network promotes sustainable development through the development of permanently affordable housing and the protection of working lands. The Network provides training, advocacy and resources for its member organizations which nurture and sustain healthy and economically diverse communities by providing permanently affordable access to land, homes, and related resources.
The Network has a technical assistance program to increase the capacity of community land trusts to serve their communities and to be good stewards of the community assets for which they have responsibility. It also has an excellent training program for members and the general public provided through its Community Land Trust Academy. The TA Program consists of on-line resources, peer-to-peer coaching, the help-desk and direct, consultant delivered TA to individual organizations. The CLT Academy provides comprehensive training on theories and practices unique to community land trusts taught by skilled and experienced instructors, promotes public understanding of the community land trust model, and supports research and publication on evolving practices.
The Community Land Trust Network incorporated in 2006, picking up the mantle from the Institute for Community Economics (ICE) to provide support and leadership for CLTs around the country. Equity Trust supported this transition, both as one of the partner organizations assisting in the creation of the Network and through stewardship and sharing of the intellectual propery of ICE. (ICE was the originator of the CLT model and, for many years, promoted and supported the development of CLTs around the country. When ICE merged with the National Housing Trust in 2008, it transferred the rights to all of its CLT-related publications, such as the ICE Community Land Trust Legal Manual, to Equity Trust and we’ve made them available to the Network.)