African Americans Have Lost Untold Acres of Land Over the Last Century

By Leah Douglas (original article published in The Nation) Driving the long, flat roads of Hilton Head Island is hypnotic. One bike-rental shop blends into another; countless villa-style office complexes advertise real-estate agents and banks. Tourists meander to their cars wearing all white, carrying brightly colored smoothies. Rows of palm trees wave slowly over the … Read more

A vast wealth gap, driven by segregation, redlining, evictions and exclusion, separates black and white America

By Trymaine Lee August 14, 2019 (article from NY Times)  Elmore Bolling, whose brothers called him Buddy, was a kind of one-man economy in Lowndesboro, Ala. He leased a plantation, where he had a general store with a gas station out front and a catering business; he grew cotton, corn and sugar cane. He also owned … Read more

For a truly affordable home, buy into a community land trust

Original Article from Framework, Published on May 6, 2019 Community land trust homeowners all seem to tell the same story. But it’s exciting every time you hear it. It goes like this: Before they bought their home through a community land trust, they struggled with high rents and instability. After, they had a home they could afford, the … Read more

City commits $1M to land trust to create affordable housing, battle gentrification

(Article from Asheville Citizens Times) by Dillon Davis  Asheville City Council recommitted $1 million Tuesday to a new community land trust that will help the city and Buncombe County offer affordable housing and stave off the effects of neighborhood gentrification. Council unanimously voted to allocate the funding for the Asheville Buncombe Community Land Trust. It comes as … Read more

Membership Overview

The ABCLT is a membership-based nonprofit that is controlled by its members. All ABCLT homeowners are members, and other people in the community may also join. All general members have a say in the direction of the ABCLT through voting at the annual membership meeting.

As a general member, you will:

  • Help create and maintain housing that will remain permanently affordable.
  • Participate in meetings of the Membership. 
  • Cast 1 vote on matters properly put before the Membership.
  • Nominate and participate in the election of the Board of Directors.
  • Serve on the Board or committees, if chosen.
  • Receive notices and minutes of Membership Meetings and Annual Reports.
  • You are invited to attend trainings and events.

As a supporting member, you will:

  • Help create and maintain housing that will remain permanently affordable. 
  • Participate in meetings of the Membership. 
  • Serve on the Board or committees, if chosen.
  • Receive notices and minutes of Membership Meetings and Annual Reports.
  • You are invited to attend trainings and events.

The annual membership fee is $25/year or 2 hours of sweat equity.

To become a member, please complete online the application form on this page or you can download the PDF version and mail it in with your $25 membership fee.