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. Our work bridges the gap between escalating land prices and the modest incomes of many who live or work here – people who are crucial to the community’s vitality and overall health. These homes, woven naturally into the community, benefit the community now and provide for its future generations.
Founded in 2001, CLAM is one of more than 250 community land trusts (CLTs) throughout the United States. Just as agricultural land trusts preserve land for agriculture, and conservation land trusts save land for open space, community land trusts take the cost of the land out of the cost of living to ensure housing that will be permanently affordable. CLT’s now provide well over 19,000 permanently affordable homeownership and rental units in the United States.