The Pima County Community Land Trust (PCCLT) was formed in 2010 as community-based organization to develop and preserve, for future generations, a permanent supply of affordable housing. Initially, PCCLT was a key partner in HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization program agenda through the City of Tucson and Pima County, wherein PCCLT acquired and rehabilitated 89 foreclosed and vacant properties for households earning 50-80% AMI. Those homes remain the base of PCCLT’s housing portfolio, now 89 single-family ownership homes, 6 single-family rentals and a studio four-plex rental.
During the 2016 strategic planning process, PCCLT identified concerns about the decreasing affordability in older neighborhoods near downtown and created a plan to ensure affordable housing opportunities were maintained. PCCLT implemented a property acquisition and development project with the intent of acquiring vacant residential lots for future development and rental/resale to families between 50-80% AMI. PCCLT acquired property and developed six affordable single-family rental homes and a studio four-plex. PCCLT will continue the strategic development of affordable housing projects.
For many years, PCCLT delivered a unique model of preserving long-term affordability coupled with extensive stewardship, then last year, began an expanded housing counseling program including homebuyer workshops, financial capacity building, and one-on-one counseling. The economic and social impacts of PCCLT’s community land trust service delivery model are nothing short of amazing. When shelter is stable, families can find rest, celebrate, heal, and be a family. When shelter is stable, children achieve greater success in school, health improves, and families are strengthened and empowered.
Since 2010, PCCLT has provided much needed opportunities for affordable housing in our community, through either homeownership or rental; countered gentrification into older downtown neighborhoods by targeted preservation of affordable housing opportunities; provided a way for those not mortgage ready to move into affordable housing with path to prepare the way; and stabilized neighborhoods by obtaining and developing blighted and vacant properties.
Maggie Amado-Tellez provides oversight and direction for the acquisition, rehabilitation and sale/rental of PCCLT properties. She has more than 20 years of experience in the housing, real estate, and finance industries. Prior to managing PCCLT, Maggie spent more than nine years with Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) where she was responsible for their housing counseling programs. Previously, she was both a residential loan officer and 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 secures critical resources for the Land Trust by planning and executing a resource development program, acts as Project Developer for affordable rental and homeownership projects, 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, the Mayor and City Council appointed Gigi 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 is the Program Coordinator for the Pima County Community Land Trust, where she is instrumental in helping low –moderate income families obtain and maintain housing. Rosie counsels individuals as they prepare for homeownership and manages the stewardship of PCCLT homeowners. In addition to her work at PCCLT, she is a licensed Real Estate Agent. She is also a licensed yoga instructor and has practiced and taught yoga and mindfulness meditation for over 25 years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix and began her career in housing by helping her family business to produce, develop and improve the manufacturing of adobe brick and plaster.