The Dovie Thurman Affordable Housing Trust

After over two years of research, strategic planning, and discussions with allies and collaborators, Voice of the People in Uptown, Inc. is announcing the formation of a community land trust — the Dovie Thurman Affordable Housing Trust, where residents and owners unite for sustainable diversity.

Established by Voice of the People in Uptown in January 2023, it will include 3 Voice-owned properties to seed the initiative. Dovie Thurman, the namesake of the new trust, was a “Founding Mother” of Voice, a black woman who leveraged her opportunity for affordable housing, to become a welfare and civil rights activist, and a community and religious leader of legendary proportions. 

In honor of her social justice vision, the founders of the affordable housing trust envision sustainably just, healthy, and diverse communities in Chicago; where affordable housing is available to people of all ages and needs; and, where residents and owners can access the services and supports required to assure lasting housing opportunities.


  • Brings together owners of rental and shared equity housing with commitment to permanent affordability.
  • Facilitates benefits that address residents’ threats to housing stability and owners’ threats to economic viability.
  • Advocates for Benefits of Membership including: property tax relief; property management technical or compliance assistance; preferred access to subsidies, government financing, resident social service funding and wealth-building programs.
  • Expands membership with marketing and outreach to public officials, non-profits, resource providers, and housing owners through out Chicago.
  • Enables through Voice Owners Network program networking among resident leadership, asset managers, property managers, and tenant/owner service providers.
  • HELPFUL LINKS: About Community Land Trusts, Making History Video and Trust Structure/Models