AMOS: Grounded Solutions Training

Grounded Solutions Training

Community Land Trusts are a proven model for communities to control land and development.

Community land trusts (CLTs) are nonprofit organizations governed by a board of CLT residents, community residents and public representatives that provide lasting community assets and shared equity homeownership opportunities for families and communities. CLTs develop rural and urban agriculture projects, commercial spaces to serve local communities, affordable rental and cooperative housing projects, and conserve land or urban green spaces. However, the heart of their work is the creation of homes that remain permanently affordable, providing successful homeownership opportunities for generations of lower income families. There are over 225 community land trusts in the United States.

Presented by AMOS and Grounded Solutions Network, a national organization, and sponsored by the City of Des Moines

WHAT: In-depth sessions on community land trusts by Jason Webb

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17, 2022

WHERE: Grace United Methodist Church- 3700 Cottage Grove Des Moines 50311

DEADLINE: Registration closes Monday, November 14, 2022

WHY: Vulnerable people in changing neighborhoods are too often pushed out by the rising costs of living. This is particularly true for communities of color. Grounded Solutions Network promotes housing solutions that will stay affordable for generations to combat systemic inequity.

All sessions will include a thorough explanation of:

  • how Community Land Trusts work
  • are financed
  • build community
  • have the same quality as other neighborhood properties
  • build wealth among lower income groups
  • stay affordable forever


Each is appropriate for all audiences and questions from any sector are welcome at each session.

Training Session Options

  • Wednesday, November 16: Offered 4 times: Early morning session open only to public officials and city managers. At all sessions, specific audience concerns and questions will be addressed.
  • Thursday, November 17: This session covers the basics and digs much deeper into the history, structure, and governance of CLTs. At all sessions, specific audience concerns and questions will be addressed.
  • Thursday, November 17 p.m.: Evening session open only to individuals from AMOS’ 40 member organizations. How CLTs change housing affordability.


Event Contact: Cheryl Long, First Unitarian Des Moines

AMOS members attending the Thursday night session would be great.

IF people can’t make that session any of the others would work. The sessions on Wednesday will pretty much repeat each other except for questions from the audience. Thursday is the long day with people that are really, really interested in all the details.

Also please share with others interested in permanent affordable housing.