In Seattle’s efforts to address the housing affordability crisis, community land trusts and other forms of community ownership have been in large part overlooked. Tomorrow’s Building Affordability Through Community Ownership event (which The Urbanist also previewed last week) aims to begin a dialogue in which Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives (LEHCs) and Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are seriously considered as potential tools to increase affordability and counter displacement.

The event, hosted by Councilmember Mike O’Brien and Puget Sound Sage and planned with input from a number of local groups, will include a panel of speakers from community ownership-focused organizations from across the country. New York City’s Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), Los Angeles’ TRUST South LA, Kent’s Benson East Tenant Association, and Seattle’s Africatown-Central District Preservation and Development Association will be represented. This nighttime panel follows a day of workshops (registration now full) hosted by TRUST South LA, Homestead Community Land Trusts, and UHAB.

Event Details

Building Affordability Through Community Ownership
Thursday, December 8th
5:30pm to 7.30pm
The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104
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