Community Land Trusts: The Solution to Our Affordable Housing Crisis?

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 7:00 PM

Are CLTs the vehicle to retain much needed affordable housing and finance future sustainable and locally guided development on publicly owned land in Metro Vancouver?

Join Brenda Torpy, CEO of the Champlain Housing Trust, to learn about her approach to stewarding land for the benefit of the community and how it created long-term affordability impacts. Based in Vermont, the Champlain Housing Trust is one of the oldest and most widely known Community Land Trusts in North America. She will share how Burlington, Vermont, benefited from the low-risk, high-impact creation of a Community Land Trust. Gordon Price, director of the SFU City Program, will moderate a discussion with the audience following the presentation.

This event is sponsored by the False Creek South Neighbourhood Association.

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7–9 pm

Admission: SOLD OUT.  A Webcast has been added.

Webcast: Watch the Webcast using GoToMeeting. Access the GoToMeeting session with a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone by clicking on the following link:
Access Code (if prompted): 531-020-813

If you're using a desktop computer, you'll have the option of using the WebApp, which requires no download. Alternatively, you can download the desktop software to access more features. If you are using a tablet or smartphone, you'll be prompted to download the app to your device first. And then you can input the Access Code.

Venue: Room 1400, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre), 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver 

Related topic: Community Building

About the speaker

Brenda M. Torpy, CEO of the Champlain Housing Trust, has 34 years of experience in the affordable housing field, starting with rural community development and affordable housing advocacy in northern Vermont. As the Community and Economic Development Office’s first housing director for the City of Burlington, Brenda led the development of the Burlington Community Land Trust, now Champlain Housing Trust, and served as the founding board president. In 1991, she joined the staff as executive director.


SFU City Program:
Telephone: 778-782-5254

Project Contact:
Peer-Daniel Krause, RePlan False Creek South
Telephone: 778-706-5201

Sponsored by:

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Community Land Trust Workshop

A full-day workshop on Community Land Trusts will be held on September 9, 2016, at SFU Harbour Centre. Details on our website. The workshop is sponsored by: