2/1/23 – While land conservation and affordable housing are often pitted against one another as an “either/or” proposition, the reality is that Connecticut communities need both. Along with our program partners at Land Trust Alliance and the Trust for Public Land, this summit consisted of a full-day exploration of how housing and conservation groups can work together to achieve greater good. Discussions covered successful examples of collaboration, and how such efforts can lead to healthier, more equitable housing, to more land conservation in our communities, and to increased funding for joint projects.
Presentations and Resources
- 2022 Hudson Valley Strategy Summary
Provided by Steve Rosenberg and Rebecca Crimmins, this document details the participation of five affordable housing nonprofits and five land conservation organizations in a collaboration-based regional strategy in the Hudson Valley.
- This webpage goes into additional detail about the innovative and collaborative Hudson Valley Affordable Housing & Conservation Strategy.
- Affordable Housing Development Presentation – Jim Horan
How are affordable housing projects selected? How are they funded? What non-profits are working on affordable housing issues in your community? Who should a land trust contact if they are interested in collaboration? Presented by Jim Horan, Connecticut Office Director at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, learn about the nuts and bolts of affordable housing projects and the nonprofits and community groups that are working in this arena.
- What Is Collaboration? Presentation – David Hindin and Katie Michels
What are different examples of collaboration, why did they originate, and what lessons can they offer for future collaborative efforts? This presentation by David Hindin and Katie Michels of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy illustrates the different ways these partnerships form, the varying ways collaboration can be manifested, and ideas for sustaining future collaborative efforts grounded in principles of intentional relationship building, justice, and climate resilience.
- Building Collaboration among Community Land Trusts Providing Affordable Housing and Conservation Land Trusts Protecting Land for Ecological Value
This Working Paper by Katie Michels and David Hindin explores the many ways representatives from conservation and community land trusts and other stakeholders can come together and collaborate in their communities.
- Salem Land Trust Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust Collaboration Article
This article details how David Bingham, founder of the Salem Land Trust, purchased property to sell to the Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust in a step to provide affordable housing options to farm workers in the town of Salem.
- An Investment in the Community: Affordable Housing in Northwest CT’s Small Towns and Housing Our Neighbors
Made available by the Litchfield County Center for Housing Opportunity (LCCHO), these two videos show what affordable housing looks like in CT’s small towns and who lives there. More resources are available on the LCCHO website and on the regional housing council website.
- Sustainable Community Municipal Funding Option Proposal
This proposed bill brought up by David Bingham would allow the option of a local fee to create a dedicated account for funding certain projects. Comments and suggestions that would improve the bill and its acceptance by housing and environmental advocates are welcome. Please email David Bingham at email@example.com.
- Hudson Valley Affordable Housing & Conservation Strategy
An Innovative Collaboration of Land Trusts and Affordable Housing Organizations Conserving Critical Landscapes and Responding to the Region’s Housing Crisis