Community Land Trust Expert to Lead Affordable Housing Presentation

Permanently Affordable Homeownership Solutions

The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department will present the third session of its public Permanently Affordable Homeownership Solutions series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 at the Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center, 285 Livingston St. in Asheville.

The department will also host the screening of two short films about community land trusts Wednesday, May 17 at the Grant Southside Center.

The May 18 presentation will explore in detail the process to form a community land trust. John Emmaus Davis, a principal in Burlington Associates in Community Development, will lead the meeting. Davis is an internationally recognized expert in permanently affordable housing. Burlington Associates, founded in 1993 to support community land trusts (CLTs) and other shared equity homeownership strategies, was also one of the principal authors of the “Alternatives to Gentrification in Asheville” report, issued in June 2014.

The meeting is designed to lead to the establishment of a community land trust steering committee. The committee will develop recommendations for an organizational model and outreach to assess community interest in a community land trust, determine short- and mid-term goals, and develop a work plan, preliminary budget and schedule.

Light refreshments, child-care and Spanish language translation will be available at this meeting. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at

On Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. the City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department will host a screening of two short films at the Grant Southside Center. The films, Arc of Justice: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a Beloved Community (, and Streets of Dreams (, document the history of land trusts in the Southeast.

John Emmaus Davis will facilitate a discussion after the showings. Davis was a producer of Arc of Justice.

Anyone interested in learning more about community land trusts is urged to attend this free film screening.

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