Resources for SB 1079 Eligible Bidders

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Community Land Trusts &
Permanent Real Estate Coops

If you do not think you will be financially positioned to match the bid and/or you live in a multi-unit property (1-4 family dwellings), reach out to a community land trust (CLT) or permanent real estate cooperative (PREC) to see if they have the resources and capacity to place a bid. DO NOT wait until the auction to do this, start this effort as soon as you know the house is in pre-foreclosure. This action has the potential to keep you in your home with the added benefit of removing it from the speculative market, while also making it permanently affordable! Here's a list of Community Land Trusts and Permanent Real Estate Cooperatives

Bay Area Community Land Trust
The Bay Area Community Land Trust creates permanently affordable, sustainable communities of cooperative homeowners, to remove land and housing from the speculative market, and stabilize our neighborhoods.

Bolinas Community Land Trust
BCLT works to serve the community by providing affordable housing for families and individuals, and through projects that maintain the special character of Bolinas that visitors and locals cherish and have fought to protect.

Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust
The Beverly Vermont Community Land Trust (BVCLT) will be the leading organization in Los Angeles specializing in permanently affordable sustainable housing for those who are dedicated to a lower impact lifestyle and have limited access to market rate housing (including those with lower wage jobs, on fixed incomes, or with disabilities).

Community Land Trust Association Of West Marin
Located in the rural, coastal communities surrounding Tomales Bay, CLAM works to ensure the ongoing vitality and diversity of West Marin’s communities by taking residential property out of the speculative market.

Commonspace Community Land Trust
CommonSpace Community Land Trust
of Sonoma County, a newly formed 501c3 started in 2017, is committed to providing affordable housing and ecological land stewardship in perpetuity.

East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative
EB PREC is a community-centered development coop. They are democratically run and led by People of Color. They remove land and housing from the speculative market to create permanently affordable, community-controlled homes.

Fideicomiso Comunitario Tierra Libre
Fideicomiso Comunitario Tierra Libre (FCTL)
was formed in 2019 when community members from Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles decided to fight gentrification by forming an organization that could take land and housing off the speculative market and put it into community control. Together we strive for the cultivation of space for the most vulnerable members in the neighborhood to be able to have a voice and live in what is being developed in their community.

Housing Humboldt
Housing Humboldt
(also known as Humboldt Bay Housing and Development Corporation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing and managing quality, safe and affordable housing for lower and moderate-income individuals, families and seniors.

Housing Land Trust Of Sonoma County
The mission of the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County is to provide homeownership opportunities to low- and moderate-income families in Sonoma County while ensuring permanent housing affordability through the use of a land trust model.

Inland Equity Community Land Trust
Inland Equity Community Land Trust
is dedicated to the social and charitable development and preservation of high-quality, affordable and environmentally sustainable housing so people can thrive in the community where they live and work.

Irvine Community Land Trust
The Irvine Community Land Trust provides secure, high-quality affordable housing as a non-profit organization that acquires and retains land with the purpose of developing permanently affordable rental, ownership and special needs housing for the benefit of income-eligible families.

Northern California Land Trust
NCLT is a Community Land Trust (CLT) that uses community ownership and control of the land in order to provide affordable homes and community facilities in perpetuity.

OakCLT promotes neighborhood stability and community involvement through the provision of permanently affordable housing and access to land. OakCLT also supports the development of open space, agricultural, commercial, and retail facilities that serve low-income residents.

Saint Joseph Community Land Trust
Saint Joseph Community Land Trust
provides high quality dignified, permanently affordable homes and supportive programs to Lake Tahoe’s low and moderate-income employees and residents.

San Diego Community Land Trust
The San Diego Community Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to create and preserve affordable ownership opportunities for working families that are otherwise priced out of the expensive real estate market in San Diego County.

San Francisco Community Land Trust
The SFCLT is a membership-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create permanently affordable, resident-controlled housing in San Francisco through community ownership of land.

T.R.U.S.T. South LA
T.R.U.S.T. South LA is a community-based effort that works to stabilize the neighborhoods south of Downtown LA, where increased property values and rents have pushed out many long-term residents.


The Sustainable Economies Law Center made this list to give you a place to start your search for a lawyer to help with your project. Shop around for the right fit! It is up to you to evaluate service providers prior to hiring them. 

Tenants' Rights Lawyers

A tenants' rights lawyer can help you bring an affirmative action against your landlord for habitability issues. Here’s a list of orgs that can provide pro bono and low bono legal services.

Bay Area Legal Aid:
Centro Legal de la Raza:
❖ East Bay Community Law Center:
 Bay Area Legal Incubator:

Transactional Lawyers

A transactional lawyer can help you with the paperwork needed to purchase a house, agreements between you and and potential land stewardship partner(s), and technical assistance with SB 1079 processes. We’ve compiled a list of lawyers who are focused on cooperatives, shared housing, nonprofits, and social enterprise. 

❖ California Legal and Accounting Service Providers: SELC’s list

Legal Cafe

The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is an event with teach-ins and donation-based legal advice sessions. We schedule 2-3 legal cafes per month.

RSVP here if you need legal advice or information about SB 1079 and other real estate law matters.

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