Burlington Associates

In Community Development, LLC

Supporting CLTs and Other Shared Equity Homeownership Strategies

Burlington Associates in Community Development LLC

We are a national consulting cooperative founded in 1993 to support community land trusts (CLTs) and other shared equity homeownership strategies. Operating out of offices in Burlington VT, St. Joseph MN, Boston MA, and Petaluma CA, we specialize in the development and evaluation of public policies and private initiatives that:

  • Enhance security of tenure for lower-income households by expanding access to shared equity homeownership;
  • Protect the community’s investment in affordable housing, transit-oriented development, urban agriculture, and neighborhood commercial districts by preventing the removal of public or private subsidies;
  • Ensure the long-term stewardship of housing and other community assets – preserving affordability, promoting sound maintenance, and preventing foreclosure; and
  • Nurture a robust “third sector” of private, nonprofit organizations capable of working in concert with government to deliver housing, economic development and other essential services to local neighborhoods and communities.

About Us

Burlington Associates in Community Development, LLC is a national consulting cooperative established in 1993. The six partners of Burlington Associates operate out of offices in Burlington VT, Boston MA, St. Joseph MN, and Petaluma CA.

Burlington Associates has worked in a diverse array of inner-city neighborhoods, suburban towns, and rural communities, assisting nonprofit developers of affordable housing, municipal governments, state agencies, and community development financial institutions throughout the USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, Belgium, and England.

Burlington Associates is the premier provider of technical assistance to community land trusts (CLTs) in the United States. Our partners have worked with over 100 CLTs, assisting many in getting started; assisting many others with long-term planning for the stewardship of their portfolios and the sustainability of their operations. The “CLT Resource Center,” which Burlington Associates added to its website in 2005, has become the first place to which practitioners and policymakers often turn when seeking training guides, legal documents, program evaluations, policy research, and other technical information about CLTs. Most of these materials can be downloaded free of charge.

Partners

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Devika Goetschius

Dev Goetschius, Partner, has over 20 years of professional experience in managing non-profits. She currently is Executive Director of Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County (HLTSC), a non-profit corporation established in 2002, a position she has held since 2003. She joined Burlington Associates in Community Development in 2010. She is a founding board member and serves on the board of the National Community Land Trust Network. She has a Bachelors degree from Drew University in Psychology and Spanish Literature, and is a credentialed teacher of the handicapped. She is fluent in...

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Jane Knodell

JANE KNODELL, Partner, is a Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, where she teaches and conducts research on financial institutions. She currently serves as UVM’s Provost and Senior Vice President. Jane has hands-on experience working with municipal governments and nonprofit organizations in fostering broad-based economic development.

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John Emmeus Davis

JOHN EMMEUS DAVIS, Partner, was one of the founders of Burlington Associates in 1993. He has over 30 years experience providing technical assistance to community land trusts and other nonprofit community development organizations throughout the United States. He previously worked as a community organizer and nonprofit executive director in East Tennessee and served as Housing Director and Enterprise Community Coordinator for the City of Burlington, Vermont.  He has taught housing policy and neighborhood planning at New Hampshire College and MIT.  He was a co-founder...

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Mary O'Hara

Mary O’Hara, Partner, has been with Burlington Associates since 1999. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of community development lending and community reinvestment, with a special expertise in loan fund start-ups, loan underwriting, work-outs, fund management, and technical assistance to community development financial institutions. She has held leadership positions at the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group, Boston Community Capital, and the Institute for Community Economics. She presently serves as Director of the ROC USA Network...

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Michael Brown

Michael Brown, Partner, has over 30 years of experience in community development, housing development, advocacy, and organizational development – particularly with community land trusts and other shared-equity strategies. Prior to becoming a Partner in Burlington Associates, he served as the first Executive Director of the Woodland Community Land Trust in Clairfield, Tennessee, one of the first CLTs operating in the United States, the Associate Director of the Institute for Community Economics and the founding Executive Director of the Housing Coalition in...

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Michael Monte

Michael Monte, Partner, has worked in the community development field for over 35 years. During the course of his career, Michael has served as executive director for several nonprofit organizations and was employed by the City of Burlington (Vermont) for 19 years.  For twelve of those years, he was a department director, leading Burlington's award-winning Community and Economic Development Office.  Since 2007, Michael has served as the Chief Operating and Financial Officer for the Champlain Housing Trust. CHT is the largest community land trust in the...

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Clients

Organizational Start-ups

Listed here is a representative sample of clients who have looked to Burlington Associates for assistance in:

  • Creating a neighborhood-based, city-wide, or region-wide community land trust; or
  • Creating a “central server” or similar regional system to support the development and stewardship of scattered-site resale-restricted, owner-occupied housing.

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Organizational Restructuring

Listed here is a representative sample of clients who have looked to Burlington Associates for assistance in: 


  • Grafting a community land trust program onto an existing nonprofit housing development organization; or
  • Facilitating the merger of two or more nonprofit organizations.

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Evaluation, Planning, and Program Design

Listed here is a representative sample of clients who have looked to Burlington Associates for assistance in:

  • Evaluating the performance of public policies and public programs that provide funding for affordable housing or require inclusion of affordable housing as a condition of municipal approval;
  • Assessing the policies, procedures, and performance of nonprofit organizations charged with responsibility for the long-term stewardship of resale-restricted, owner-occupied housing; or
  • Preparing strategic plans and business plans.

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Development of Affordable Housing

Listed here is a representative sample of clients who have looked to Burlington Associates for assistance in: 


  • Assessing the feasibility of proposed housing projects and preparing development pro forma;
  • Negotiating and drafting funding agreements and development agreements; or
  • Educating private lenders, public funders, and property appraisers about various models of resale-restricted, owner-occupied housing.

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Development of Nonresidential Projects 

Listed here is a representative sample of clients who have looked to Burlington Associates for assistance in:

  • Assessing the feasibility of office buildings, service centers, retail space, or urban farming sites being developed by nonprofit organizations;
  • Planning for the development of neighborhood commercial districts; or
  • Planning for the redevelopment of downtown waterfronts.

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Community Land Trust Resources

Contact Us

Although we work from offices spread across the country, we are structured and operative as a cooperative. Consequently, matching the right Partner with the needs and scope of a particular client is typically discussed and decided as a group.

If you are looking for additional information or would like to discuss how we might assist the planning, implementation or capacity building related to your work or your community, let us know.


 

Burlington Associates in Community Development, LLC

P.O. BOX 994
BURLINGTON, VT 05402

Phone

320.363.0912

Email

info@burlingtonassociates.com