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Southern Door Community Land Trust


"Land is the basis of freedom, justice and equality" --Malcolm X.

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About Us

Southern Door Community Land Trust

Welcome! The Southern Door Community Land Trust is a grassroots coalition of housing advocates committed to creating and launching a community land trust based right here in Broome County, New York. 

We are BIPOC led and will work tirelessly to achieve racial, housing and energy justice and ensure that everyone in this region has access to stable homes. We want those folks most impacted by housing insecurity to own, govern, and lead our area’s Community Land Trust.

Community land trusts (CLTs) are nonprofit organizations governed by a board of CLT residents, community members and public representatives that provide lasting community assets and shared equity homeownership opportunities for families and individuals.

The Southern Door Community Land Trusts is developing a strong foundation to serve local folks through community revitalization, primarily focusing on permanently affordable rental and cooperative housing projects.

The heart of the SDCLT will work towards the creation of safe, healthy homes that will remain permanently affordable for generations to come.

Fact: There are over 225 community land trusts in the United States! The creation of Land Trusts has increasingly become an important factor in developing viable solutions to the Nationwide issue of housing insecurity. 

 Over the last year the SDCLT has focused on building trust and leadership in Broome County through partnerships with the County Executives Office, Community Foundation of SCNY, and various local non-profit organizations.

As of Aug, 2022 the SDCLT has gained ownership of it's first property in collaboration with Broome County. Our first housing development is a 6 unit apartment building in Binghamton. The CLT will lead this project using an anti- displacement lens. Meaning, we aim to keep folks housed during rehabilitation or remodeling and ensuring their right to return home!

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CLT Ambassador Program

The Ambassadors are an integral part of our CLT outreach and awareness campaign! Our first group participated in Summer 2020, and our second group just got started in Spring 2021.

Look out for additional information about our Ambassadors!

Youth Story Corps

Broome County's young people are amazing! 

In the summer of 2020 we partnered with VINES Gardens to work with youth on housing advocacy through media. And they turned what we shared with them, and what they shared with us, into a spectacular film - HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT!

Our Youth Story Corps program will run again in Summer 2021! Learn more below.

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Housing Justice Talks!

Our Ambassadors developed this idea for a virtual community forum - it's open to all community members to discuss and learn about housing justice issues happening in our own backyard!

Southern Door CLT invites all community members to join these discussions, no RSVP required.

Our next Talk take place the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at 7:00 pm. 

TOPICs Include: Tenants, Energy, and Climate Justice

Zoom ID: 884 9547 9441

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Housing Continuum

A housing continuum is the progression of individuals along a housing-focused continuum with homelessness at one end and home ownership at the other. A successful housing system has people moving up the Housing Continuum.

133 Main St, Binghamton, NY 13905


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Donate to SDCLT

Help pave the way for housing justice in Broome County.

If you wish to make a donation, you will be directed to the PayPal for the Southern Door Community Land Trust.

The Southern Door Community Land Trust is a registered nonprofit with an active 501c3 tax exempt status

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The Southern Door Community Land Trust (SDCLT) emphatically believes that Black Lives Matter.

 Disparities in housing, education, wealth, health, and leadership have exacerbated racial inequity for far too long!

Ensuring that Black Lives Matter in all spaces is fundamental to the success and sustainability of the Southern Door Community Land Trust.

Walking. Running. Resting. Sitting. Shopping. Driving. Having a good day. Having a terrible day. Helping someone. Heading home. Eating. Playing. Laughing. Sleeping.


Black Lives Matter is not a collection of words written on a sign.

It’s a heavy and demanding promise.

A promise that white America, collectively, struggles to make on a consistent basis to effect meaningful and lasting change.

A strong ally to Black Lives Matter and becoming anti-racist requires active and intentional work toward demanding change in housing, employment, clean energy, policing, funding, childcare, voting…call out any system, any institution in this country, that has been constructed to reward, reaffirm, and subsidize whiteness at great and unforgivable cost.

Fighting for safe, affordable, stable housing, particularly for Black Americans, should be the top, priority of every leader in this region, this state, and this country. 

This work falls on all of us! 

     “Black Lives Matter.” 

You are not just saying words.

You are, and we are, making a promise to build a nation yet to be built.

The SDCLT stand with those demanding equality in all systems!

We stand with Black residents of Broome County demanding healthy, accessible, and affordable housing. We stand with Black residents of Broome County demanding anti-racism in systems and organizations.

For those who want to begin an anti-racist journey, read Ta-Nehisi Coates, A Case for Reparations!

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Housing is A Human Right!

Commitment, transparency, innovation. These three values have stood at the center of the Southern Door Community Land Trust mission since our founding in 2019. We wholeheartedly commit to the work that we do with passion and dedication.

Our most important goals are to increase access to resources and empower the most vulnerable among us. 

We challenge ourselves and others to think creatively, applying an innovative approach to the housing crisis in Broome County.

Become a donor today!

"Let's do the work".

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