Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

Dr. Nancy Huante-Tzintzun

First Committee Member

Dr. Louise Santiago

Second Committee Member

Dr. Joanna Royce-Davis


This dissertation investigates the transformative potential of Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in reimagining land and homeownership within the context of capitalist real estate markets. Utilizing a qualitative research framework that combines narrative inquiry with Emergent Strategy and Community Cultural Wealth theories, this study explores the intricacies of developing CLTs as a counter-narrative to traditional models of property ownership. Through extensive narrative analysis of four distinct CLTs in California, this research highlights the complex challenges and innovative strategies employed to scale CLTs in competitive urban markets. The findings reveal how CLTs leverage emergent strategy and community cultural wealth to navigate and mitigate barriers, fostering community engagement and emphasizing local context and social justice. This study contributes to the broader discourse on affordable housing and social equity by highlighting the critical role of community-centric approaches in transforming land and homeownership paradigms. By demonstrating the efficacy and transformative potential of CLTs, this dissertation underscores the importance of alternative models in addressing the global housing crisis, advocating for a shift towards community stewardship and collective empowerment in land ownership.