"The COHIF pilot project preserves ownership of foreclosed properties within the community and it empowers our residents at the same time – we are all working together to stabilize our neighborhood."
-Mayra Duran, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition
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If you currently live in the Greater Four Corners neighborhood and you need help because the house you live in is being foreclosed or has already been foreclosed, please contact us.
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Land trusts versus the housing crisis
(Bay State Banner - November 10, 2016) In the face of Boston’s hot development market, city officials and community leaders are seeking ways to safeguard neighborhoods against gentrification. One idea with roots in the 1960s and 70s has returned to the forefront: community land trusts.
(Bay State Banner - July 7, 2016) Several nonprofits recently received a financial boost for innovative ideas that could shield some of the city’s poorest families from homelessness.
The Home Funders, a collaborative focused on addressing housing needs of families with very low incomes — zero to 30 percent of the area median — debuted its Innovation Competition to honor “innovative, feasible and sustainable,” scalable solutions to provide or retain housing for extremely-low income families. READ MORE »
(Home Funders website - June 2016) COHIF proposes expanding its model of purchasing existing, occupied properties in order to keep ELI families housed, with particular attention paid to properties in which the residents are at immediate risk of being displaced. These are properties that may be in foreclosure or where a sale of the property on the open market could result in eviction of current occupants. READ MORE »
(Tufts UEP Practical Visions - May 11, 2016) UEP Lecturer Penn Loh and UEP Field Project students have been partnering to support the Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network. Loh was interviewed about community land trusts on Boston Neighborhood Network News on April 20, 2016. A report by a UEP Field Project student team was released at the Network’s launch on April 27, 2016. READ MORE »
(HomeFunders - May 9, 2016) We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Innovation Competition! We received a total of 19 submissions from a range of housing, construction, design and advocacy individuals and organizations. The proposals were evaluated on the extent to which they presented innovative, feasible and sustainable solutions to build, preserve or create access to housing units for ELI families at scale. READ MORE »
Land Trust Network Launches in Boston
(Next City - May 5, 2016) Excitement and optimism were palpable at the public launch April 27 of the Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network, forged over the past year by a dozen local neighborhood groups looking to build strength in numbers by joining forces. A packed community room buzzed with energy as residents and advocates chatted about various scenarios for community-controlled land use. READ MORE »
Groups form land trust network
(Bay State Banner - April 27, 2016) A coalition of Boston community-based organizations is banding together to advocate for expanding community land trusts — communally-owned plots of land on which housing units are deeded permanently affordable. READ MORE »