To create permanently affordable, community-owned housing in Santa Cruz County and the greater Monterey Bay Area. We work to create interventions for people facing the possibility of displacement, and utilize creative solutions to practice the 3 P’s of affordability: Protections for renters, preservation of existing affordable units, and the production of more affordable units.

CCLT promotes diversity and community participation by giving those struggling to stay in Santa Cruz County the stability they need to put down roots. By taking housing off the speculative market and placing it in the control of residents, we safeguard quality and affordability for generations. This land trust will provide a haven for the community by keeping a portion of the housing stock affordable in perpetuity.

CCLT was born out of crisis and collaboration. In the Spring of 2019, UCSC sociology professors Miriam Greenberg and Steve McKay, in collaboration with tenant activists, organized an educational event on community land trusts (CLTs) and other possible avenues of community control and ownership of land and housing. Since then, a group of community members, tenants, graduate and undergraduate students, and activists came together to form the Coastal Commons Land Trust. 

Community Ownership

Putting decision-making power in the hands of a board of directors, made up of CCLT residents and other representatives of our diverse community.

Permanent Affordability

By taking land off the speculative market and in a trust, CCLT is able to ensure the land remains affordable in perpetuity

Shared Stewardship

Residents and the trust are guided by principles of stewardship, preserving both homes and the land beneath them for the long-term benefit of our community. 



Tenant Power


Our board empowers low-income residents to become leaders in the community, working with their neighbors to achieve common goals.

Contribute to CCLT

we are fiscally sponsored by the Center for Political Ecology until we receive our 501c3 status. 

Center for Political Ecology PO Box 8467 

Santa Cruz, California 95061

Center for Political Ecology is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations made to CPE are used to further our mission and as such are non-refundable. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS.

Our Federal Tax Identification Number is 77-0254129. 

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