About

An emerging, volunteer-based organization, HamiltonCLT works with residents and community partners to identify and facilitate real estate projects that are sustainable, affordable, and meet community needs. Our focus is on projects that would make better use of underused land, and preserve or create new community assets, such as housing, parks, community space, work space, and gardens. We acquire and steward land on a permanent, non-profit basis to maintain affordability and community control of our projects.

Our Vision

A Hamilton where communities are active in the inclusive and sustainable ownership of land for community benefit, forever.

Our Mission

To acquire and steward land, facilitating its use by and for Hamilton’s communities.

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Our Values

Equitable

Our role is to preserve real estate for affordable uses, preventing the displacement of low and moderate-income residents, newcomers, seniors from their communities. We leverage financial and real estate assets to promote the relief of poverty, develop livable neighbourhoods, and provide opportunities for participation and skills development.

Collaborative

As a land steward organization, we work with diverse partners to develop projects and programming on our land. We believe in sharing skills and resources for the benefit of the community.

Community-Driven­

We are committed to involving Hamilton’s communities in decision-making.

Sustainable

We contribute to the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of Hamilton’s neighbourhoods by preserving land for sustainable uses and creating a buffer against the booms and busts of the real estate market.

Inclusive and Diverse

We are committed to working with Hamilton’s diverse communities to reach the hard to engage. We create meaningful opportunities for people of all skill levels and abilities to participate in our work.

Open and Accountable

We keep records and maintain regular communication with our funders, stakeholders, and the public. We work to minimize the number of decisions that are made behind closed doors. We take only smart risks that will benefit our members and the community.

Visionary

We take a long-term view of land ownership and neighbourhood change. We favour long-term community use over short term profits. We work with residents to predict where a neighbourhood is going and anticipate future needs. We look past barriers to see what is possible.