Reviews, Endorsements & Awards

Homes and Hands

Homes & Hands: Community Lands Trusts in Action

An inspiring documentary about three communities where low-income residents have found an empowering way to realize the American dream... owning a home.

Reviews & Endorsements | Awards

Reviews & Endorsements

“The most effective and inspiring visual portrayal of community land trusts that we have. It is widely used by CLT activists, housing professionals, and community organizers to educate people about the model and to spur the creation of new CLTs around the country.”
—John Emmeus Davis, Dean, National Community Land Trust Academy

“Highly recommended. Groups thinking about forming a community land trust will want this video. Moreover, this interesting video would be of value to public library collections, particularly in urban environments. In addition, academic libraries will find this video valuable for urban planning classes.”
—Charles H. Burkart, Audiovisual Library, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WVMC Journal: The Journal for Academic Media Librarianship

“Homes & Hands is a refreshingly optimistic view of what nonprofit and community groups can do to stabilize housing costs, develop local leadership and provide homeownership to residents in low-income neighborhoods.”
—Bish Sanyal, professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“We frequently show Homes & Hands to groups of neighborhood residents and find it never fails to move and inspire people who tend to feel disenfranchised and left out of the planning process. They see that they can actually take matters into their own hands and have an impact on their communities.”
—Frank Herrera, planner, Northeast Neighborhood Alliance Community Land Corporation, Rochester, New York

“An extraordinarily informative and inspiring film that presents a clear and vivid description of how land trusts work and why they are an attractive mechanism for providing affordable housing and developing strong communities. The video is a terrific teaching resource for undergraduate and graduate courses in urban studies, public policy and community development.”
—William M. Rohe, professor, department of city and regional planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“The principles embodied in community land trusts and brought to life in this powerful film are lessons that should be incorporated into all federal, state and municipal housing initiatives.”
—Rachel B. Bratt, professor and chair, department of urban and environmental policy, Tufts University

“This excellent video is ideal for nonprofits, community planners and housing leaders who are working to create affordable housing and ensure that such housing remains affordable years from now.”
Shelterforce: The Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Building


CINE Golden Eagle
Silver Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival
Certificate of Creative Excellence, US International Film and Video Festival