Bay Area Community Land Trust (BACLT) supports permanently affordable group houses and housing cooperatives by holding title to land or buildings in trust, while supporting cooperative resident management. BACLT also offers training and technical assistance to new and existing housing cooperatives particularly on legal and financial best practices and startup issues. BACLT organized a great tour of senior cooperative housing communities in Berkeley and Davis in 2009, and converted a longtime group house into the first new limited-equity housing co-op in the area in decades. BACLT now owns and runs the Brown Shingle houses in South Berkeley.
BACLT Membership is $25/year; you can join at the meeting if you wish. BACLT is a community partner of EBCOHO, so we're happy to introduce you.
BACLT Executive Director Rick Lewis and other board members hail from area cooperative communities, and include other like-minded long-time communitarians. Raines served a term on the BACLT board of directors --- and Betsy won a great door prize at a previous gathering (a free massage from former BACLT Board member Gina Papen - thanks Gina!).
* Hear an analysis of the November 6 election, with a focus on important housing measures
* Hear about the activities BACLT has done in the past year and plan for the coming year
* Get to learn about BACLT's newest property, Newton House, near Lake Merritt in Oakland, acquired in part with help from EBCOHO members who invested in the project.
* Socialize with others who are interested in housing co-ops
* Enjoy desserts and snacks and socialize with old and new friends and comrades
* Exercise democracy and help elect members of the BACLT board. You must be a member to vote, but you can join or renew your BACLT membership at the meeting for $25.
This year's continuing candidates for the BACLT board are: Beth Youhn, Marcia Edelen, Marie Whidden and Steve Barton.
Note that the event is not focussed on cohousing but is about cooperative community - hopefully as an adjective, not just a noun. We will be rationing the # of EBCOHO RSVPs to make sure that we don't take over the meeting.