Our Centre County United Way #DayofCaring volunteers were on-time and smiling when they arrived at our N. Glenn Circle house to paint today. Thank you to the fine folks from AmeriServ Bank on N. Atherton St. for your help today and the estimable Jerry Wettstone for all his efforts!
This morning, SCCLT purchased its #46 house! Thank you so much to Board Member and realtor Jerry Wettstone for helping facilitate the purchase of this property and for donating his buyer agent fee. If you know Jerry, tell him "Thanks!" The PHARE funds awarded to SCCLT this week will be used to do energy efficient improvements on this house, and two others, as part of the Energy+ Initiative. Woweee!
SCCLT's Energy+ project receives PHARE funding! Read more about this exciting news over on our Energy+ page!
Will you be spending some time in or passing through the Highlands neighborhood during #ArtsFest? Check out this piece in this month's Hearts in the Highlands column about SCCLT by Peg Hambrick http://www.statecollegehighlands.org/the-state-college-community-land-trust-an-asset-for-the-highlands/
(the following article appeared in the Centre County Council for Human Services's Helping Hands Column on June 5, 2019)
Land in Trust. Homes in Reach. Always.
June is the time to celebrate homeownership. In Centre County, there are programs available to support lower-income households to purchase their first home. The State College Community Land Trust (SCCLT) is one of these programs. Housing prices in Centre County have been increasing at a much faster rate than wages, thus making it increasingly more challenging for first-time homebuyers to find an affordable house to purchase.
The SCCLT was formed in 1996 and since then over 65 households have purchased their home through us. The SCCLT is one of the first community land trusts operating in Pennsylvania. Currently there are over 225 community land trusts throughout the US. 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. The heart of the CLT work is the creation of homes that remain permanently affordable, providing successful homeownership opportunities for generations of lower income families.
How does the SCCLT work? Income eligible homebuyers purchase the house and lease the land that the house is sitting on from the SCCLT. The SCCLT retains ownership of the land. This lease ensures that the house will remain affordable forever, as whoever buys the home is required to sell it to someone else that is income-qualified. Thus the house remains permanently affordable.
To further enhance housing affordability, the SCCLT is looking to reduce monthly utility costs in our homes to make them more affordable. Last year, the SCCLT built and sold two net-zero energy ready homes (GreenBuild). As a result of the partnerships developed during the GreenBuild project, we are continuing to work together on our new Energy+ initiative. Energy+ is a program to design, implement, and evaluate residential energy efficiency-focused capital improvements specifically for affordable housing in the State College area. This program will systematically address residential energy efficiency towards “permanent affordability” of existing housing stock in order to lessen resident energy burdens, reduce the environmental impact of existing housing stock, and enhance the public investment in housing affordability.
On Saturday, June 8th from 11am to 2pm, stop by our house at 129 Sunrise Terrace, State College, 16801. During your visit you can hear more about our Energy+ initiative and see our energy saving rehab plans for this house. People will be on hand to answer questions about the SCCLT and how it works. This event will feature a self-guided tour of energy performance and design upgrades being considered.
Come see how a land trust works, hear about our new Energy+ initiative, and check out our rehab plans for this property. People will be on hand to answer all of your questions about the land trust, whether you are curious about applying, volunteering, rehabbing your own home, or just want to learn more about us. This event will feature a self guided tour of energy performance and design upgrades being considered in this home. Learn about what we will change and what we will keep as we prepare to remodel this home and prepare it for land trust homeownership.
Free admission, access to the home via stairs.
Limited street parking on Sunrise Terrace and Walnut Street. Walking and biking are encouraged.
SCCLT volunteers were at it again this weekend, this time, preparing 129 Sunrise Terrace for our House Tour on June 8. It was hot and sticky on Saturday, but these folks had the house ship-shape before lunch! PS, check out the finished repaired front steps. Volunteer Jamaal Floyd, of Floyd Boys Contracting fixes those up for us a couple of weeks ago, and we think they look great, and are much safer than the crumbling steps that were there before.
SCCLT Monthly Meeting
The State College Community Land Trust Board meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 in the Borough Building.