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Community land trusts are nonprofit organizations designed to preserve housing affordability. This brief describes the design and operation of such trusts, illustrating the concept by spotlighting the Columbia Community Land Trust of Columbia, Missouri.

The contents of this brief evolved from a presentation given in the Colloquium on Inclusive Housing Policy for the St. Louis Region. Held in the Brown School at Washington University on December 15, 2022, the event was organized by the Center for Social Development in partnership with Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice and the Alliance for Interracial Dignity. The contents may also be found in Welcome Home: A Policy Briefing Book for Housing Opportunity in St. Louis County, edited by Molly Metzger.

Document Type

Policy Brief


Thriving Communities


Inclusive Housing

Original Citation

Alzhrani, A., Kiefer, B., Kim, D.-Y., & Eissner, G. (2023, February). Advancing racial equity through community land trusts (CSD Policy Brief No. 23-10). Washington University, Center for Social Development.


affordable housing ; Alliance for Interracial Dignity ; Black representation ; Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis ; Center for Social Development ; civil rights movement ; Colloquium on Inclusive Housing Policy for the St. Louis Region ; Columbia Community Land Trust; Columbia, Missouri ; community land trust ; credit counseling ; home buyer education ; homeownership ; home resale formula ; housing cost ; housing security ; inclusionary zoning ordinances ; intergenerational wealth accumulation ; foreclosure risk ; loan underwriting ; mortgage payment ; racial equity ; racial wealth gap ; segregation ; social asset ; St. Louis ; St. Louis County ; Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice ;