What We Do

The NW CLT Coalition connects individuals and organizations to share knowledge and best practices. The NW CLT Coalition creates an environment (in-person and on-line) for members to group problem solve common challenges and inspires creative solutions that builds organizational capacity and strengthens the industry. Members work collaboratively to establish comprehensive strategies that promote and preserve permanently affordable homeownership opportunities.

The NW CLT Coalition facilitates efficiencies. Working together and sharing knowledge NW CLT Coalition members maximize resources and minimize redundancies. The NW CLT Coalition ensures the dissemination of helpful industry tools and learning from across the region and the county. As our members funding is constrained in the current economy while simultaneously community need increases, the efficiency that our programs create are increasingly important.

The NW CLT Coalition educates CLT practitioners, board members, homeowners and community members about the unique aspects of permanently affordable homeownership. They educate and local, county, state, regional and federal governments to ensure funding is maintained and advocate for policies that facilitate the development of permanently affordable homeownership and the increasing stability of communities throughout the northwest.

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2009-2014 Strategic Plan - Executive Summary

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In April of 2009 the Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition's Board of Directors adopted an ambitious 5-year strategic plan. The plan contains strategies to increase understanding about CLTs and to better support our members to increase the number of permanently affordable homeownership opportunities available in communities throughout the region.

In March of 2010 the Board of Directors updated this document. The six overarching goals are listed below.

Goal #1 - Create and refine a stable and strong organizational infrastructure and resource base to accomplish the work of the Coalition.

Understanding that all organizations need clear and articulated polices and procedures in addition to clear goals and objectives for both success and longevity, the Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition strives for the highest quality in planning documents, polices, procedures and evaluation tools. There is the obvious need to identify and pursue sources of funding that will be sustainable to support the operations of the coalition. We will work towards increasing earned income as a percentage of overall income.

Desired Outcomes:
a. By 2014 the Coalition will have achieved the goal of securing a sustainable mix of revenue. We will strive towards the following as income sources – at least 15% from membership dues, 15% from fees for service, 70% from public and private grants, half of which will be multi-year commitments. We will also work towards tapping a broader range of revenue sources.

b. The NWCLTC will have clear and concise internal organizational policies and procedures that will result in the efficient and effective administration of the organization.

Goal #2 - Provide excellent member services that will increase the capacity of existing CLTs and foster growth, thoughtfully and strategically, of new CLTs so that there is a significant increase in the number of permanently affordable homeownership opportunities across the region.

Given limited capacity the Coalition needs to balance serving existing, established CLTs and serving “startup” CLTs. Between 2005 and 2009 gatherings, and most recently the Capacity Building Institute (CBI), have provided substantial learning opportunities for staff and board of new CLTs. Over that same time period, relatively little had been provided to assist established CLTs. In an environment of severe funding contraction the NWCLTC will prioritize services to existing CLTs. This will help improve established CLTs systems, become more financially sustainable, work more efficiently and grow to a scale that both provides resiliency and has a large impact in their communities and in the region. We need to insist that the inception of new CLTs be in certain targeted service areas.

Desired Outcomes:
a. Each mature CLT (having over 20 units in trust) will be effectively utilizing the CLT database by 2013.

b. There will be CLT activity in more communities not necessarily more CLTs. At least 40% of Washington and Oregon combined geography is covered by a CLT.

c. Average NW CLT production will increase by at least 10%. Collective regional CLT production totals over 1000 units.

d. CLTs are effectively stewarding their community assets. Seventy Percent of member CLTs have policies and procedures in place to facilitate that support.

Goal #3 - Increase general public awareness of the CLT strategy in order to create increased support of our efforts.

Even CLT practitioners can often be confused when talking to each other about their work. CLTs use terms like sales price, subsidy, loan-to-value differently from organization to organization. More importantly is creating a unified message about what CLTs are and how we go about doing what we do that is clear to decision makers, easy to understand for the general public and attractive to both funders and potential homebuyers.

Desired Outcomes:
This goal is really a way to meet our other goals. We will know if we’ve been successful in increasing awareness if we achieve the outcomes set forth in the other goals.

Goal #4 - Be deemed a respected and helpful leader in the permanently affordable homeownership industry

The Coalition is a collection of CLT practitioners, many of who are experts in the field. It benefits us all if community members who are interested in CLTs get the best information available. The Coalition will continue to position us to be the go-to organization for questions regarding CLTs in the Northwest.

Desired Outcomes:
a. The National CLT Network continues to look to the NWCLTC for leadership on regional issues.

b. The Washington State Housing Finance Commission, the Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and Oregon ON look to the NWCLTC for leadership and input regarding affordable homeownership.

c. Housing advocates in the northwest, when asked, about permanently affordable homeownership and/or CLTs first think of the NWCLTC.

d. The recommendation for any group or individual in the northwest who is interested in permanently affordable homeownership will be to contact the Coalition in order to get appropriate referrals to good information and technical assistance, to not waste valuable time and resources, as well as to ensure the good reputation of CLTs and permanently affordable housing across the region.

Goal #5 - Play an effective and central role in shaping public policy to ensure efficient use of scarce public resources.

To date the NWCLTC has not engaged in much public policy advocacy. It is clear that there is a need, as articulated by our members and some of our partners to play a role in shaping policy state and local policies that affect CLTs and the production of permanently affordable homeownership opportunities. We recognize that CLTs will be able to “get to scale” only when jurisdictions institute Inclusionary zoning requirements and other regulations that make creating affordable housing less expensive and/or less onerous. There is the general sense that while the NWCLTC served its Washington members quite well, it has assisted its Oregon members to a far lesser degree.

Desired Outcomes:
a. Decision makers at the state and local levels (in communities that have a strong CLT presence) understand the importance of permanently affordable homeownership and subsidy recapture

b. There is an increase in the number of policies and funding sources that are bias towards permanently affordable homeownership and subsidy retention.

c. There is an increase in the number of communities using incentives and requirements to make permanently affordable housing a requirement of development.

Goal #6 - Work to ensure that CLTs in the region have the resources available to fulfill their missions and serve their communities.

There is an obvious need for on-going funding of CLT operations. The Coalition should support efforts and in some case lead efforts to identify and secure funding for the work of CLT members. CLTs in the northwest have been talking for many years about creating and funding some sort of revolving loan fund that might work in a variety of capacities to serve our overall goal of creating permanently affordable homeownership opportunities. Resources are needed for operational support, land acquisition and constructions financing, homebuyer mortgages as well as for CLT homeowners to access to maintain and improve their homes.

Desired Outcomes:
a. If appropriate the NWCLTC will secure funding in partnership with members that supports CLT operations and housing development.

b. If appropriate and/or feasible the NWCLTC will identify or create some sort of a Revolving Loan Fund for member CLTs to utilize as land acquisition and/or construction financing

c. Increased options for CLT homebuyer mortgage financing either from existing sources or CLT/Coalition controlled sources.