Affordable Housing Expert Promotes Land Trust Model
- Published: June 8, 2010
John Emmeus Davis of the Champlain Housing Trust in Burlington, Vermont met with a group of community members Monday morning to promote community land trusts as a way to achieve affordable housing in Yellow Springs.
Davis proposed that the village offer incentives to developers to guarantee a certain portion of houses they build are affordable, such as by waiving fees. He also urged collaboration among organizations focusing on greenspace preservation and affordable housing.
“Both organizations treat land as a community resource rather than a speculative commodity – that’s the common ground,” he said.
Davis praised the community for its role in development of the community land trust model and for its progress on affordable housing.
“You’ve got an extraordinarily vital community and a remarkably successful land trust with broad based relationships,” Davis said, praising Home, Inc. for building 20 affordable homes in Yellow Springs and attracting 300 members to the organization.
For an in-depth article on Davis’ visit, see this week’s print edition of the YS News.