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Our Programs

 

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DONATE YOUR PROPERTY

BY DONATING YOUR PROPERTY TO BACLT, YOU LEAVE A LEGACY OF PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, ENJOY SUBSTANTIAL TAX BENEFITS, AND CHALLENGE THE ASSUMPTIONS OF A RUNAWAY, SPECULATIVE REAL ESTATE MARKET.

 

There are several ways to donate your property:

 

  • Donate you land and home(s) through your Trust or Will.

  • State in your Will that the Estate will sell the property to Bay Area CLT at below market price after you die.

  • Sell or donate your property to Bay Area CLT now, at below market price.

  • Donate your property now and continue living in your home for as long as you choose to.

  • Donate some of the equity from your property to Bay Area CLT to use to create affordable housing.

 

Each option has advantages depending on your needs, goals, and financial situation. There are tax advantages to each possibility, and we recommend you consult with a professional to decide which best matches your own situation.

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Or, if you're ready to talk about donating your property, submit the form below, and our staff will get back to you shortly.

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CO-OP WORKSHOPS

learn the hard & soft skills to help your co-op thrive

SUCCESSFUL COOPERATIVES RESULT FROM ROBUST TRAINING, EDUCATION, AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.

  • New co-ops must establish a solid foundation and prepare new members to take on the challenges of operating residential housing. 

  • Many co-op members have never owned a home and have not had the opportunity to learn how to manage property. 

  • Existing co-ops often need to refresh and retool to keep enthusiasm for cooperative living alive.

ARE YOU AN INDIVIDUAL? For more info on our co-op services, please fill out this form. 

 

COMMUNITY OR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION? Interested in partnering, joining us, and/or creating a co-op, please fill out this form.

 

 

EMPOWERMENT THROUGH COOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT

FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS, THE BERKELEY AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY HAS RAPIDLY DECLINED AS A RESULT OF INCREASING COSTS OF HOUSING AND INTENSIFYING GENTRIFICATION, RESULTING IN UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF DISPLACEMENT OF HISTORIC BAY AREA COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

 

According to a 2017 report by the Berkeley Mayor’s Anti-Displacement Working Group — from 2000 to 2015, the African American population declined by 37% in Berkeley, while other populations increased. 

 

“Empowerment through Cooperative Management” will place the historic residential property of the McGee Avenue Baptist Church back in service for long-time Berkeley residents earning 50-80% of Area Median Income by using the Community Land Trust (CLT) and Cooperative Model. See Stuart Street Apartments for more.

 

Our project aims not only to create affordable housing but to preserve an important historic and cultural site of African American heritage and to benefit the local African American community in several ways by:

 

  • Preventing the displacement of residents from their long-established communities by the rising costs of housing.

  • Ensuring permanently affordable housing and a safe home for this generation and future generations.

  • Continuing critical community services provided by MABC to establish standards for healthy communities.

  • Empowering existing African American residents to generate greater leadership, sustainable self-management, and resilience in the face of limited resources.

  • Transforming the stigma of affordable housing as “welfare” into the basis for collective power and action within the housing community and beyond.

 

For more information about this project:

Interested in partnering or housing? Which are you?

BERKELEY SMALL SITES PROGRAM

THE BERKELEY SMALL SITES PROGRAM ⁠— MODELED ON THE SAN FRANCISCO SMALL SITES PROGRAM ⁠— PREVENTS DISPLACEMENT OF CURRENT BERKELEY RESIDENTS BY IDENTIFYING & PRESERVING 5-25 UNIT BUILDINGS AS AFFORDABLE HOUSING.  

 

The Program offers funding to purchase buildings and convert them into permanently affordable housing in the form of Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives.

In 2018, BACLT received a $50,000 capacity building contract from the City of Berkeley to develop its Small Sites Program, and is receiving an additional $100,000 in 2019.

 

In furthering the aims of the program, BACLT:

  • Identified 50 properties (around 500 units) between 5-25 units using Berkeley Rent Board data and contacted landlords and residents.

  • Offered a monthly “Anti-Displacement Seminar Series” informing Berkeley residents about the Small Sites Program and the first steps towards working with a BACLT to form a Cooperative.

  • Provided outreach to low and moderate income residents, tenant groups, and community and neighborhood organizations to publicize the program and receive feedback from the community.

 
 

HIBISCUS COMMONS

HIBISCUS COMMONS IS AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO CREATING A COOPERATIVE MODEL OF HOUSING FOR A DIVERSE COMMUNITY OF ELDERS.

 

Our model of senior living will provide long-term, low cost housing to people 55 and over.

 

Through self-governance we will support engagement and growth, while maintaining independence and dignity. As a project of the Bay Area Community Land Trust, Hibiscus Commons is working to find and secure funding for our permanent housing.

 

Ours is a creative model for living and aging together in intentional community.

 

We are currently looking for interested people to help grow our cooperative senior living project.

GREEN LIVING

BACLT IS COMMITTED TO ECOLOGICAL UPGRADES IN ALL OUR PROPERTIES BECAUSE THE BENEFITS ARE NOT MERELY ENVIRONMENTAL ⁠— FOR PROPERTIES AND RESIDENTS' BUDGETS, THEY ARE INCREASINGLY FINANCIAL.

 

Our residents and colleagues accomplished such upgrades in a surprisingly short time, and conveyed exactly how they did it in

our “Green Living” report. Download it below:

 

 

Are you a Cooperative thinking about making ecological upgrades?

Have you considered the following:

 

  • Low-flow toilets, energy efficient toilets, and shower heads

  • Rain-water catchment systems and grey water systems

  • LEDs and other light bulbs 

  • Solar electricity 

  • Compost systems 

  • Replacing a domestic water boiler with a more energy-efficient heater.

  • Installing a new clothes dryer that can be programmed to reward settings that save electricity and natural gas.

  • Adding a new front-loading washing machine that uses much less water than the ones previously on-site and can be programmed to reward lower use of electricity, water, and natural-gas.

  • Performing periodic readings of water meters to diagnose and reduce water waste.

  • Educating residents on ways to save water and lower their water bills.

  • Performing an inspection of all toilet fixtures in the building’s 60 apartments to detect leaks and repair all leaking toilets.

  • Distributing toilet tank fillers to decrease per-flush water consumption.