Join the City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) and help us impact multiple generations by creating affordable, sustainable homeownership opportunities now in Minneapolis!



Organization and Position Goals

The CLCLT is the only perpetually affordable homeownership organization serving the City of Minneapolis. Since assisting its first household into ownership in 2004, the CLCLT has assisted over 300 low- and moderate-income (less than 80% of Area Median Income) households into affordable home ownership and has now facilitated 52 resales of existing CLCLT homes. Key programs of the organization include: Housing Development: Acquisition of existing single-family or duplex properties for rehabilitation or constructs new single-family homes then sells them to an income-qualified household;  Homebuyer Initiated Program (HIP): Through HIP, buyers identify a home of their choice within their purchasing power (mortgage plus CLCLT affordability assistance), within the City of Minneapolis. When possible, in addition to the affordability assistance provided, the CLCLT provides rehabilitation funding to address deferred maintenance, safety/code issues, and environmental hazards such as lead and radon; Homeowner Engagement: Sustaining long-term, supportive relationships with its homeowners is a core value of the CLCLT. The foundational goals of this approach include:  Facilitating strong connections between the organization and homeowners; homeowners and the community; and between each other. To support these efforts, the CLCLT engages with homeowners through events, activities, workshops, advocacy, and financial support of homeowner-initiated community or wealth-building activities; Lending: In July 2015, the CLCLT merged with Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis (NHSM). NSHM had been, historically, the primary lender of neighborhood-funded home improvement, emergency repair and down payment assistance programs in North Minneapolis. Currently, NHSM continues to service the loans it originated prior to joining the CLCLT as well as service new loans originated with neighborhood-based funding.

The goal of this VISTA position is to ensure the core functions of the City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) foster a proactive approach to permanently affordable homeownership; facilitate meeting expressed housing/community development needs; and contribute to the interruption of generational poverty through attainable, sustainable homeownership.

Position Activities

  • Build CLCLT’s capacity to be more visible by develop a Public Relations plan based on findings from an evaluation of the status of public outreach and awareness.
  • Develop CLCLT’s capacity for visual storytelling of structure and impact of land trust model in building community wealth.
  • Implement a needs assessment of current CLCLT website (using Google Analytics and other forms of analysis), compile findings into change recommendations and execute updates.
  • Build new and/or improved systems and strategies to grow CLCLT’s Membership.

Additional C3 Benefits

  • $400 of monthly housing support
  • $50 monthly gas card or $95 monthly bus pass
  • $400 professional development fund

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