Equity Trust is an Allied Organization of the Grounded Solutions Network. Grounded Solutions was formed in 2016 through the merger of the National Community Land Trust Network and Cornerstone Partnership, taking over as the umbrella organization supporting the work of community land trusts across the United States. Grounded Solutions promotes housing solutions that will stay affordable for generations. Grounded Solutions provides technical assistance and policy support to create housing with lasting affordability and to build equitable neighborhoods. Grounded Solutions offers a resource library including a Startup Community Land Trust Hub.
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 Community Land Trust Technical Manual, to Equity Trust and we’ve made them available to the Network.)