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The Pima County Community Land Trust is a nonprofit, community based organization committed to providing permanently affordable housing for low to moderate income individuals and families; promoting community revitalization in the neighborhoods in which it operates; and to providing ongoing programs and services that help families achieve, preserve, and sustain affordable housing.

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Our Story

Since 2010, the Pima County Community Land Trust (PCCLT) developed a portfolio of 89 homes in the City of Tucson for sale to LMI households. These properties were previous foreclosures acquired by the City of Tucson and then transferred to PCCLT. All homes were rehabilitated prior to sale. Several partnerships were in place to facilitate the acquisition, remodel and sale of PCCLT homes. The federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) 1, 2, and 3 provided funding to acquire and rehabilitate the homes. The City of Tucson acquired the homes and transferred them to PCCLT. Local contractors were selected by a competitive bid process to provide housing rehabilitation/Green Remodeling services. Housing counseling services for prospective home buyers were coordinated by local non-profit Housing Counseling Agencies.

Once the initial 89 homes were completed and sold, PCCLT began a strategic planning process to identify new challenges and goals. During this process, PCCLT identified concerns about the decreasing affordability in older neighborhoods near downtown and created a plan to help ensure affordable housing opportunities were maintained. PCCLT subsequently acquired a large lot and a vacant four-plex just west of downtown Tucson. Renovation of the four-plex has just been completed and it will now become home for four low income single women facing multiple challenges. The large lot will be developed as six affordable rental homes designed for low-moderate income community residents who intend to work towards homeownership. PCCLT will provide these individuals with a quality affordable rental, education, and a means to save for down payment.

The unique model offered by Community Land Trusts not only makes homes more affordable but it ensures a stewardship relationship with the homeowner over a 99-year period. PCCLT takes a very keen interest in ensuring that PCCLT homeowners and renters are successful and empowers member families long term through an extensive stewardship program that provides outreach including one-on-one counseling, referrals to supportive services that address specific needs, and empowerment workshops. PCCLT hopes to serve at least 175 low-moderate income individuals per year.

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Our Team

Maggie Amado-Tellez

Executive Director

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Maggie Amado-Tellez provides oversight and direction for the acquisition, rehabilitation and sale of PCCLT properties. She has more than 20 years of experience in the housing, real estate, and finance industries. Prior to running PCCLT, she spent more than nine years with Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) where she was responsible for their housing counseling programs. Previously, she was a residential loan office and a loan processor for a Small Business Administration commercial real estate loan program. As a 4th generation Tucsonan, Maggie is committed to improving living conditions in her community. Her experience allows her to understand the obstacles that many low-income and minority families face when trying to purchase a home. She has brought affordable loans, closing cost grants and down payments to the community by forming partnerships between non-profits, the housing industry and all levels of government.

Gigi Aldridge

Resource Development Officer

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Gigi Aldridge secures critical resources for the Land Trust by planning and executing a resource development program and supports the Executive Director in strategic planning. She has more than 20 years of experience in grant writing and fund raising, acquisition and development, construction, and project planning for community-based organizations. Prior to PCCLT, Gigi was the Director of Single Family Development and Resource Development at Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), as well as the President of La Causa Construction LLC, CPLC’s affiliate construction company. In 2011, Gigi was appointed by the Mayor and City Council to the Tucson Metropolitan Housing Commission. In addition to her extensive non-profit expertise, Gigi has over 25 years of experience in small business management, design, new construction and single family rehabilitation.

Rosie Johnson

Program Coordinator

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Rosie Johnson is responsible for community outreach and stewardship for 89 PCCLT homeowners. Rosie began her career in construction at her family business to produce, develop and improve the manufacturing of adobe brick and plaster while retaining the authentic historic look of adobe building materials. The material can be found in many residential as well as commercial buildings throughout Tucson and other Southern Arizona areas. Prior to her position at PCCLT, Rosie was the Executive Administrator at East Coast Contractors, where she provided support to project management staff.

Our Board

Christina Herrera, President

Otilla "Tillie" Arvizu, Vice President

Rey Robles, Treasurer

Stephen B. Krauss, Secretary

George "Greg" Kennedy, Director

Richard M. Ysmael, Director

Nancy Escarrega, Director & PCCLT Homeowner

Shayla R. Fisher, Director & PCCLT Homeowner

Roberto Roy Rodriguez, Director & PCCLT Homeowner

Susan "Su" Swanne, Director & PCCLT Homeowner

Our Partners

The following partners make our work possible. Interested in partnering with PCCLT? Contact PCCLT