CLT- of- PBC
The Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County, Inc. (CLT of PBC) is a countywide housing non-profit organization created for the purpose of providing permanently affordable housing opportunities for residents of Palm Beach County.
The CLT of PBC acquires land and makes it available in perpetuity for affordable housing. The CLT separates ownership of the land from ownership of the housing unit. The housing units are sold to income eligible households at an affordable price. The land is made available to homeowners through a 99 year land lease.
The CLT of PBC was formed in early 2006 to help address the need for affordable housing in Palm Beach County.
The effort to create the organization was initially spearheaded by Palm Beach County as part of their "affordable housing toolbox," but quickly became a community driven endeavor.
The founding members of the CLT of PBC represented a wide range of organizations including Gold Coast Builders Association, Palm Beach County League of Cities, Business Development Board, Business Forum of Palm Beach County, Florida Rural Legal Services, Community Financing Consortium, Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, inc., South Florida LISC, We Help Community Development, Inc., Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Urban League of Palm Beach County, Housing Partnership, North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the School District of Palm Beach County.
The CLT of PBC was incorporated in 2006 and received a 501(c)(3) tax exempt designation in March of 2007.
Increase the permanent supply of affordable housing in Palm Beach County by undertaking the following activities:
La Joya Villages is Underway!
La Joya Villages is an affordable rental apartment community designed to bring activity and stability to the surrounding community. It is being developed by Realtex Southeast and the Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County. The development will be comprised of 55 two and three bedroom units targeting families earning 60% and below of the area median income. Additionally, twenty five percent of the units will be set aside for families earning no more than 50% of the area median income.
La Joya Villages is designed to provide quality residential units and community amenities to an existing community and strengthen redevelopment in the area. Site amenities include clubhouse, splash park, History Labyrinth made of pervious pavers, native plants, and historical markers, community garden for both La Joya residents and the surrounding community to utilize, sound control wall along the railroad tracks, a living wall to further abate the noise, an art studio and gallery to be used by local not-for-profits for the cultural education and enjoyment of the Lake Worth Community. In addition, many green building elements will be incorporated into the site and building in order to meet the Florida Green Building Coalition requirements for certification including, but limited to: use of drip irrigation where possible and native plants; impact, operable widows with screens; Low VOC pint and casework; above ground cisterns; solar panels; pervious pavers; and a metal roof. It is believed that this high quality development will raise the bar for rental housing in the area and serve as a catalyst for change in the surrounding area.