SITKA COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

Affordable Home Ownership for Sitkans

aka SCLT   |   Sitka, AK   |  sitkaclt.org

Mission

DEVELOP AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY IN SITKA, ALASKA

Ruling year info

2008

Co-Executive Director

Mim McConnell

Co-Executive Director

Randy Hughey

Main address

Po Box 6461

Sitka, AK 99835 USA

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Formerly known as

Sitka Community Development Corporation

EIN

35-2292107

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Housing Owners, Renters Organizations (L50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Sitka Community Land Trust can have significant impact on the shortage of affordable homes in Sitka because it addresses one of the root causes: the artificial scarcity of land caused by government ownership. We are surrounded by Federal, State, and Municipal land. A CLT works here because it is politically palatable for State and municipal governments to put land in a trust, held for 99 years and devoted to affordable housing, whereas putting land into private ownership raises concerns for unfair profiting.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

S'us' Héeni Sháak Community Neighborhood

SCLT is developing a cottage neighborhood on land donated by the City and Borough of Sitka.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

The isolated island community of Sitka, Alaska has been struggling with affordability issues in every aspect of life for decades. Affordable housing has always been in the forefront of making this charming, scenic place economically sustainable. In 2006, concerned citizens took matters into their own hands and created the Sitka Community Development Corporation. A decade later, the name is now Sitka Community Land Trust (SCLT), and a cottage neighborhood is being planned for building on donated city land. SCLT focuses on serving low- and moderate-income families in Sitka and surrounding Southeast Alaska communities.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Multiracial people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of contracts/purchase agreements that the organization holds for purchase of its products/services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

S'us' Héeni Sháak Community Neighborhood

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are selling new homes at a reduced rate to income qualified buyers.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

• SCLT properties generate annual funding as part of a stable economic plan, e.g. developer fee.
• The SCLT will serve Sitkans at 120% of AMI and lower.
• Convert renting households to homeowners.
• Diversify housing stock through providing alternative house designs.
• At least fourteen (14) homes will be owned and occupied on the S'us' Héeni Sháak Community site.
• The S'us' Héeni Sháak Community Homeowners Association will be an active and successful manager of the S'us' Héeni Sháak Community.

a . acquire land and buildings
b. develop land in an environmentally and socially responsible manner
c. construct or renovate buildings that are healthy,durable and energy efficient
d. educate and counsel homebuyers and rental tenants
e. steward what it creates for current and future generations
f. and may operate for-profit business(es) to support organizational sustainability.

The two Co-EDs have been receiving training at annual housing conferences focused on community land trusts. Board members have various skills that will create a successful housing project.

We own three parcels in the S'us' Héeni Sháak Community neighborhood. Home designs are complete. We have a grant to develop the land on two of the parcels. Three homes have been built and are occupied. Two more homes with buyers will be constructed in 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Homeowners on our community land trust property.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, responding to clients,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    A new homeowner recently had to have the parking lot snowplowed and felt that the new HOA should pay for it. The HOA doesn't have the funds yet to cover the cost so the SCLT split the cost of what she had already paid and SCLT will cover future snow plowing for the remainder of this winter.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The homeowners know they can approach staff about issues that come up, we are building trust. This is a new project so developing good relationships from the beginning is important.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SITKA COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Willoughby Peterson

Business Owner

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Maureen O'Hanlon

surveyor

Term: 2019 - 2025

Rachel Jones

attorney

Brian Hames

Hames Corporation

Sarah Allison

First Bank

Jill Hirai

architect

Carol Voisin

retired

Zaide Allen

self-employed

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/11/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/15/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.