Our peer exchange to the World Habitat Awards 2015-16 winner Caño Martín Peña Community Land Trust took place from 13-16 February 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Participants from organisations in seven countries came together to learn and see for themselves the first Community Land Trust (CLT) in an informal settlement. On the peer exchange participants visited homes, talked to residents, and learnt about the legal and financial structures of the CLT.
The peer exchange has enabled a network of people with expertise to share knowledge, learn from one another and collaborate now and in the future.
Caroline Nagy, Deputy Director for Policy and Research at the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, said, “For me the major learning experience has been thinking about how we can, despite all of our different individual national situations, come together to find really genuine means of community empowerment and community engagement around affordable housing and control of land generally.”
The participants’ organisations and countries were:
Hábitat en Movimiento – France
Giroscope – UK
Canopy – UK
East Harlem Preservation – USA
Fundación Vida Urbana – Ecuador
TECHO Panama – Panama
Municipalidad de Barcelona – Spain
Rosenberg and Associates – USA