Waterville Community Land Trust
PO Box 1834
Waterville, ME 04903
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Mission:The Waterville Community Land Trust is a land trust that supports a strong, vital community by combating neighborhood deterioration and promoting neighborhood preservation and improvement through the responsible use and management of land and by supporting programs that reduce crime, promote meaningful employment, protects historic and natural resources, encourage home ownership, develop and steward perpetually affordable homes, rentals and other forms of housing for families of modest means and by developing other associated community assets.
Over the past few decades Waterville has slipped from a vibrant, healthy community with a proud past to one that has lost manufacturing jobs, has seen many neighborhoods change from predominantly owner-occupied homes to predominantly rental, and has unacceptable crime occurrences in too many regions of the city. Too many homes have been abandoned, are poorly maintained and/or are in foreclosure.
These challenges are difficult to turn around. Only with the efforts of many interested citizens and organizations working cooperatively with city government can new jobs be created, crime be reduced, homes restored, and the city return to having a higher percentage of homeowners.
What will WCLT do for Waterville?
The Waterville Community Land Trust (WCLT) will provide opportunities to low and moderate income individuals and families to own their own homes.
The WCLT will also work to do the following:
-Provide public amenities such as gardens and parks;
-Develop, where appropriate, commercial spaces for small nonprofit or neighborhood businesses; and
-Encourage preservation of historic properties.
How will you make homes more affordable?
WCLT will own the land where homes are located, therefore maintaining affordable homeownership of a home in perpetuity. The home owner leases the land from the Trust, and the Trust and homeowner share the appreciated value of a home’s sale.
If you might be interested in helping the Waterville Community Land Trust, click this button and request membership: