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                                Community-Supported, Sustainable, Affordable Home Ownership


NEW website:

Roots & Branches: a Gardener's Guide to the Origins and Evolution of the Community Land Trust (

Chapter One of Roots of the Community Land Trust

If you would like to learn about calculating affordabiity of the average priced Sitka home at your current income, please open this PDF file: Affordability Calculator.

Advocates’ Guide to Housing and Community Development Policy

Every year, the National Low Income Housing Coalition publishes the Advocates’ Guide to Housing and Community Development Policyto educate advocates of all kinds about the programs and policies that make housing affordable to low income people across America. Whether you are a new employee at a housing agency, a student in an urban planning program, or a seasoned affordable housing advocate looking for a refresher on key programs, this book will give you the overview of housing programs and advocacy tools you need to be a leader in the affordable housing movement. 

Affordable Housing, Pocket Neighborhoods and Land Trust Web Sites

Tumbleweed Houses

Link to sample city ordinance:  

Juneau Affordable Housing Commission

Orcas Island Land Trust

Institute for Community Economics


Lopez Island, WA

Alaska Housing Finance Corp. (AHFC) History (PDF link)

Guide: Housing and Mortgages on Affordable Housing

Purpose of this Guide

This guide aims to help persons of low income gain an understanding of the options available when it comes to finding affordable housing and getting a mortgage. By the end of this guide the reader should have a better grasp of the following:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of home ownership for low income earners.
  • How to determine whether the home you are interested in really is affordable.
  • The process for finding, getting a contract on, and closing on your new home.
  • The responsibility for budgeting for incidentals.
  • Considerations regarding homelessness and home ownership.
  • Programs that may help you achieve your dream of home ownership.