JLC · JULY 1988 Miscellany The housing crisis worsens daily. The numbers of homeless are growing, available affordable housing stocks are shrinking, and the gap between the number of lowincome families and the number of low-rental units is widening. Traditional approaches — federal housing subsidies, zoning remedies, and for-profit development — are not solving the problem. More and more of the population, especially the young, the elderly, and the poor, are being priced out of affordable shelter. One possible source of relief has been the development of Community Land Trusts (CLT). A CLT is a democratically structured non-profit corporation (usually tax exempt) that purchases land, and rehabilitates or constructs housing for those who cannot otherwise afford it. By combining public and private approaches — government subsidy, volunteer effort,