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The Delray Beach Community Land Trust (DBCLT) is one of several affordable and workforce housing initiatives that City residents, government leaders, and concerned stakeholders created to provide a middle ground where both the individual families and the community at large share in the long-term affordability and wealth creation that results from the wise investment of public money in privately owned housing.

The DBCLT is an independent, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, in partnership with the City of Delray Beach and the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA), which was formed by community stakeholders in December, 2005 to preserve the affordability of homeownership and leased units in the City of Delray Beach. The DBCLT will sell or lease homes to qualified very low to moderate-income families, but retain ownership to the land under these homes and hold it “in trust” for future generations. By owning the land under the house, the land trust is in a strong position to insure that the subsidy is retained for the benefit of subsequent families.

Both the City and the DBCRA donated land to the DBCLT, and the City of Delray Beach provide additional subsidies to DBCLT home owners to further increase the affordability of the homes. Grants and donations also assist with ongoing land acquisition, construction, and operational expenses. The DBCLT has collaborated with other community non-profit housing and family support agencies to develop housing, and provide a wide range of services to DBCLT home owners and leasees.

The DBCLT is governed by a twelve member board of directors which includes a majority of community residents, along with representatives from the City of Delray Beach, Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Delray Beach Housing Authority committed to:
a) Provide opportunities for low and moderate income people to secure housing that is decent and affordable and that is controlled by the residents on a long-term basis
b) Preserve the quality and affordability of housing for future low and moderate income residents of the community
c) Combat community deterioration in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods by promoting the development, rehabilitation, and maintenance of decent housing in these neighborhoods; by promoting economic opportunities for low-income residents of these neighborhoods; by making land available for projects and activities that improve the quality of life in these neighborhoods; and by assisting residents of these neighborhoods in improving the safety and well-being of their community
d) Protect the natural environment and to promote the ecologically sound use of land and natural resources and the long-term health and safety of the community

In these economically distressed times the DBCLT efforts minimize existing blight with developing safe, quality homes that the Community of Delray Beach can be proud of.