Affordable housing is the issue of our times in Somerville. (Well, that and climate change, of course.) and there’s clearly no magic bullet for solving the affordable housing crisis in the city and region. But there are tools we can use. One tool is a community land trust, which is formed to acquire property under the direction of a community board and to act as a benevolent non-profit landlord. Today, I donated to the nascent effort to form a Somerville Community Land Trust, which emerged after an extensive working group research project. If it manages to get off the ground, expect to see another donation.