Bringing our biggest asset to bear on the Affordable Housing Crisis

In the Hebrew Scriptures, Yahweh declares, “The Land is Mine!”  In this age of soaring rents and property prices, gentrification and life-threatening homelessness, congregations are remembering that the land we own is a gift we must steward and redistribute for justice.

In partnership with the nonprofit architects at Radian Inc, we launched the Congregation Land Campaign to activate the thousands of undeveloped acres owned by faith communities for attainable affordable-housing and other community benefits. There are four components to our initiative:

 
  • Promote the use of the faith community’s land for affordable housing

  • Facilitated workshops and charrettes to clarify project type

  • Production of a feasibility study and developers prospectus

  • Connections to the right service provider, developer, and financial partners


 
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The Right Project

Your faith community's land is your asset. It is your decision to determine what should happen there. Our role is to ensure it meets the most pressing needs, can actually be build, and will be a long-term success. Our workshop series helps you sort through all the variables to figure out the right project, how to handle the land deal, who to work with, and much more. 

 

A Spectrum of Possibilities

 Beloved Community Village

Beloved Community Village


Tiny Home Villages

  • Serves 0-30% Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Typical User: individuals and couples experiencing homelessness, low-income workforce, single-mothers
  • Most rapidly buildable at lowest cost
  • Land Deal: rental or donation
  • Land Use Time Period: 2 years minimum or more
  • Service Provider: Colorado Village Collaborative or other local organization committed to self-governance; part-time resource navigator & community organizer
 St. Francis Apartments at Cathedral Square - St. John's Cathedral Land

St. Francis Apartments at Cathedral Square - St. John's Cathedral Land


Permanent Support Housing (PSH)

  • Serves 0-30% Area Media Income (AMI)
  • Typical User: people experiencing homelessness, with greater mental or physical health needs, seniors, other communities needed higher levels of professional support to retain housing and to thrive in life
  • Land Deal: multiple options including ground lease, deed of transfer, PSH developer land acquisition
  • Service Provider: a nonprofit with a proven track record working with the population your development serves, typically overseeing other properties
 The In Between - Longmont UCC Land

The In Between - Longmont UCC Land


Permanent Affordable Housing

  • Serves 30-80% Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Typical User: lower-income working individuals and families; displacement abatement
  • Land Deal: multiple options including ground lease, deed of transfer, affordable developer land acquisition
  • Service Provider: variable
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Owner-Occupied Affordable Housing

  • Serves 70-100% Area Media Income (AMI)
  • Typical User: low-income working families
  • Land Deal: most frequently involves a Community Land Trust (also an options for all of the above)
  • Service Provider: variable, typically more oriented toward community building
     
 
 

CONTACT US TO USE YOUR CONGREGATION'S LAND
TO ENSURE EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO HOUSING

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