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?

Progress on Rose Street

Progress of house on Rose street
Pictures of our progress on Rose Street


Bold Leadership for Racial Justice: A National CEO Circle of Color Forum
Are you a renter who lost income?
Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth
Buffalo’s Fruit Belt Residents Work to Guide the Future of the Neigh­borhood
Habitat for Humanity finishes 2 new homes in Fruit Belt district
Infilling: Fruit Belt Affordable Housing Planned

Our Progress


Capital Raised

Under development

Community Meeting Recording

Watch the community meeting from February 10th, 2021 below.

Join Us by Becoming a Member

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

We are currently updating our software and temporarily not accepting online memberships or donations.  If you are interested in becoming a member please download and print out our Membership Application (linked below), fill it out clearly and completely, and return the application along with your membership dues to: FB Community Land Trust, 1327 Jefferson Ave Upper, Buffalo, NY 14208.
If you would like to donate to FBCLT, please make checks or money orders payable to FB Community Land Trust and mail to: FB Community Land Trust, 1327 Jefferson Ave Upper, Buffalo, NY 14208. (Please note:  FB Community Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All contributions to FB Community Land Trust are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.)

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.


Here is a PDF version of the Architectural Guide to the Fruit Belt: