Community Land Trusts in Baltimore

Baltimore City currently has two Community Land Trusts in operation—the Charm City Land Trust and the North East Housing Initiative. Learn more about the basics of CLTs here in this basic overview. There is also interest and organizing around affordable housing and the need for CLTs in Remington, Waverly, Curtis Bay, and Brooklyn.

The North East Housing Initiative, Inc. (NEHI) developed out of St. Anthony’s Church Social Advocacy committee in 2012. It is the outgrowth of a series of speak-outs, public events, listening campaigns, and political advocacy that demonstrated and reiterated the need for affordable housing  development.

NEHI members are united and committed to improving their communities by creating and promoting permanently affordable housing for those who have the greatest need, including people of  low and moderate income, the physically and cognitively challenged, veterans, and the elderly by  creating a community land trust, whose ownership is shared by individuals and the community.

WATCH!: Members of the North East Housing Initiative, Father Ty Hullinger and Linda Brown speak on NEHI at a public event hosted by the group.  

If you are interested in learning more about NEHI, please contact Chris Lafferty at 410- 299-7089 or

Charm City Land Trusts:

Charm City Land Trusts 
was started close to 13 years ago in McElderry Park, a neighborhood in East Baltimore. Anchored in the Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, the land trust owns and stewards 19 properties. The majority of these properties serve as one of McElderry Park’s only conserved green spaces.  In the winter of 2016, the land trust acquired its first house and will be working on affordable housing development.

If you are interested in learning more about CCLT contact and visit: