Athens Land Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to encourage cohesive communities by conserving land and natural resources, providing sustainable affordable housing, and supporting local agriculture.






Quick Facts

Land Conservation

  • 814 acres permanently protected by 20 ALT conservation easements in Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Oconee, and Walton Counties
  • 557 acres of working family farmland
  • 257 acres of forest, wetlands, neighborhood open space, and scenic vistas


  • 281 individuals currently in affordable ALT housing
  • 126 permanently-affordable housing units owned or developed by ALT

Homeownership Program

  • 30 single-family properties (homes and lots for future homes)
  • 20 residents are currently ALT homeowners
  • 28 residents are lease-purchasing homes

Fourth Street Village Apartments

  • 233 low-income individuals are residents of Fourth Street Village apartments
  • 96 affordable units at Fourth Street Village
  • 24 market-rate units at Fourth Street Village

Housing Counseling

  • 99 individuals have participated since the program began in July 2008

Honors and Awards

ALT has received recognition on the national, state and local levels:

  • National Accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (one of the first 39 accredited land trusts in the U.S.), 2008
  • Magnolia Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing, Homeownership Category, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, 2008
  • Best New Development Award for Fourth Streeet Village, Athens Grow Green Coalition, 2008
  • Preservation Award for “long-term positive impacts to the Historic Hancock Corridor,” Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, 2008
  • Affordable Housing Multifamily Development Award for Fourth Street Village, Athens-Clarke County, 2007
  • Preservation Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation, Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, 2005
  • Community Revitalization Award for Historically Sensitive Infill, Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, 2001
  • Alec Little Award in recognition of exemplary efforts to improve the Northeast Georgia area through environmental action, 2002