What's a CLT?

A nonprofit that holds land in trust for the permanent benefit of low-income residents.

Our Properties

OakCLT stewards housing and land for perpetual community use.

Our Current Work

Learn about the current programs and projects of OakCLT.


Why Tenants Should Be Given the First Opportunity To Purchase Their Buildings

[Note: This article originally appeared on the Shelterforce website here.]

By Zachary Murray

In late January, a standing-room only crowd gathered to celebrate a milestone that once seemed impossible. Exactly one year and five days prior to this celebration, residents and tenants of the 23rd Avenue Community Building (23rd Avenue)—a long-standing affordable, people of color led social justice center—received notice that their landlord had

OakCLT & #Liberate23rdAve Featured in Locavesting

In Oakland, Community-Owned Real Estate is Bucking Gentrification Trend  By Sarah Trent, March 12, 2018

For two decades now, the building at the corner of 23rd and International avenues in east Oakland has been a community hub for people and organizations with few other places to go.

In a neighborhood that is low-income and majority people of color—flanked to the east by the largely Latino/Hispanic

OakCLT Mourns Loss of Board Member Ellen Wyrick-Parkinson

The board of directors and staff of the Oakland Community Land Trust mourn the loss of long-serving board member, Ellen Wyrick-Parkinson. Ms. Ellen passed away in early December at the age of 94. She originally joined the OakCLT board as an appointee of the West Oakland Project Area Committee (WOPAC), an advisory body to Oakland’s former

Oakland Host to CLTs and Housing Allies from Around the World

This past week, the Oakland Community Land Trust along with our CLT partners in the Bay Area Consortium of CLTs hosted over 500 CLT residents, staff, and board members, as well as housing advocates, policy makers, funders, and more for Grounded Solutions Network’s Intersections 2017 conference at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center. OakCLT kicked off the

Thoughts on the Unnatural Occurrence of Cheap Housing

[Note: This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Shelterforce and on their website here.]

The term NOAH, or “naturally occurring affordable housing,” has quickly become an accepted phrase used to denote unsubsidized rental housing, generally more than 30 years old, that happens to be relatively affordable compared to housing in adjacent, more desirable neighborhoods or newer, more amenity-rich buildings.


OakCLT among cohort of Oakland organizations to receive major anonymous donation

Several weeks ago, the Oakland Community Land Trust was among a cohort of over 15 organizations in Oakland to receive a significant contribution from an anonymous donor of the San Francisco Foundation. On Tuesday July 14th, the Foundation gathered the grantees, partners, and local elected officials at the East Oakland Youth Development Center to make the official announcement of the donation: a $34 million