Fruit Belt Community Land Trust

Development Without Displacement

What is a community land trust?

Community land trusts (CLTs) are nonprofit organizations governed by a board of CLT residents, community residents and public representatives that provide lasting community assets and shared equity homeownership opportunities for families and communities. CLTs develop rural and urban agriculture projects, commercial spaces to serve local communities, affordable rental and cooperative housing projects, and conserve land or urban green spaces. However, the heart of their work is the creation of homes that remain permanently affordable, providing successful homeownership opportunities to lower-income families for generations to come.

Fruit Belt Community Land Trust is 1 of 225 CLTs in the United States.

Fruit Belt Community Land Trust is made up of residents and business owners from the fruit belt community who:

Acquire Property

FBCLT purchases vacant land and structures for the purpose of community centered development.

Develops housing, gardens,
or commercial space

FBCLT develops CLT owned land and rehabilitates structures into permanently affordable housing, community, and commercial space.

Sells homes at a low cost

FBCLT brings the dream of home ownership to life for low to moderate income buyers. CLT homes remain affordable in perpetuity, so there is always a safe affordable place to call home for individuals and families in our community.

Why is a community land trust needed in the Fruit Belt?

Community Member of the Month

Zaid B. Islam

Board Chair Zaid B. Islam is a true Buffalonian, a resident of the Fruit Belt for over 60 years. He attended Canisius College and graduated from Buffalo Urban Center, studying Sociology specializing in deviant behaviors, minor in Urban Planning. He is one of the founding members of the Western New York Chapter for the Muslim …

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Our Progress

100+
Members

$875,000
Capital Raised

5
Properties
Under development

Join Us by Becoming a Member

Have a say in your community. Vote on proposed changes.
Be informed and meet your neighbors.

Anyone who lives, worships, or owns a business in the Fruit Belt can become a Voting Member. Those who do not reside in the Fruit Belt but who support the cause can become supporting members, invited to meetings, etc. Voting Members elect the CLT’s board of directors and can become directors themselves if elected.

Next Meeting

TBD