Creating Community: Affordable Housing on the San Juan Islands

Creating community is a phrase that can describe and include many things — including ensuring everyone has access to a home.

Community Land Trusts are uniquely positioned to provide affordable housing appropriate to the places where they are based.

This report describes three successful Community Land Trusts (CLTs) operating on the San Juan Islands of Washington State — OPAL (Of People And Land), Lopez Community Land Trust, and San Juan Community Home Trust. While there are now over 200 CLTs in the United States alone, these three CLTs are widely recognized as some of the most successful rural affordable housing CLTs in North America..


Creating community is what CLTs can do


For more on Community Land Trusts and affordable housing, visit our Housing & CLTs page