Mission & Values

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Mission & Values 2017-04-21T17:46:21+00:00

We’re dedicated to:

Combating community deterioration and expanding housing and economic development opportunities for low-income residents.

OakCLT promotes neighborhood stability and community involvement through the provision of permanently affordable housing and equity-sharing options. OakCLT also supports the development of open space, agricultural, commercial, and retail facilities that serve low-income families. We strive to foster leadership through a responsible and informed board of community members and serve as a voice for low-income residents of Oakland.

We value: 

Stewardship

Stewardship is an ethic guiding our long-term approach to land reform, sustainable housing, & community building.

OakCLT is a steward of:

  • Land so that it permanently serves a community-defined purpose.
  • Public subsidy invested in CLT housing so that it serves generation upon generation, and is not diminished upon resale.
  • Quality, healthy housing so that families can live and build equity in a safe, stable, and supportive environment.
  • Resident leadership among a growing body of CLT families that enacts our shared mission and vision for the permanent community control of land and housing.

Permanent Affordability

The housing created and stewarded by OakCLT–whether ownership or cooperative rental–is permanently affordable.

OakCLT ensures affordability by:

  • Retaining ownership of the land underneath the housing it develops. We don’t pass on the full costs of a property to a family.
  • Striking a balance between the needs of individual residents & families to live in a stable & supportive environment with the broad goal of ensuring that affordable housing will exist for future generations.
  • Paying it forward – CLT residents agree that when they move on to another housing situation they will extend the same benefit they received to another low-income individual or family. This principle is enacted through a ground lease between the CLT and its partner residents.

Community Control of Land & Housing

OakCLT removes land from the speculative market so that it serves low-income residents forever. OakCLT’s value of community control is achieved through the following principles:

  • OakCLT acquired land is held in trust for the community in perpetuity.
  • The sale of CLT land does not conform to the stewardship philosophy and purpose of OakCLT.
  • OakCLT’s bylaws ensure that a diverse group of community interests are represented on its board of directors, including provisions that at least one-third of the directors must be low-income residents, and another third are residents of the neighborhoods served by the land trust.