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Houston wanted to lead the nation in long-term affordable housing. Now it’s backpedaling.

Houston’s community land trust was once touted as an innovative way to address its housing crisis. But city leaders slashed its funding by half as bureaucracy bogged down the program and enthusiasm dwindled.

by Lucy Tompkins, The Texas Tribune and The New York Times
A home purchased through the Community Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that aims to make homeownership affordable for low-income households, sits in Acres Homes in Houston, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. Despite its goal of creating more than 1,000 permanently affordable homes in five years, the Community Land Trust has only 100 homes in its trust and the city of Houston may cut its funding significantly.

A growing housing crisis 

A not-so-new idea

Taking flight

Gwen Mitchell, 76, gives a tour of her home, which she purchased through the Community Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that aims to make homeownership affordable for low-income households, in Acres Homes in Houston, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. Despite its goal of creating more than 1,000 permanently affordable homes in five years, the Community Land Trust has only 100 homes in its trust and the city of Houston may cut its funding significantly.
Nakisha Platt, 47, poses for a portrait at her home, which she recently purchased with the help of the Community Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that aims to make homeownership affordable for low-income households, in Porter, Texas, U.S., on Friday, January 13, 2023. Despite its goal of creating more than 1,000 permanently affordable homes in five years, the Community Land Trust has only 100 homes in its trust and the city of Houston may cut its funding significantly.
Teressa Tolon, 24, and her mother, Nakisha Platt, 47, take a walk through the neighborhood where Platt recently purchased a home with the help of the Community Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that aims to make homeownership affordable for low-income households, in Porter, Texas, U.S., on Friday, January 13, 2023. Despite its goal of creating more than 1,000 permanently affordable homes in five years, the Community Land Trust has only 100 homes in its trust and the city of Houston may cut its funding significantly.

Free fall

Ashley Allen, the executive director of the Community Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that aims to make homeownership affordable for low-income households, poses for a portrait at her home in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. Despite its goal of creating more than 1,000 permanently affordable homes in five years, the Community Land Trust has only 100 homes in its trust and the city of Houston may cut its funding significantly.

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