Inland Equity Community Land Trust

All over the world, poor people live in houses There is no reason poor people in the Inland Empire can't

aka Inland Equity Partnership   |   Palm Desert, CA   |
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Inland Equity Community Land Trust

EIN: 84-4985523


Inland Equity Community Land Trust is dedicated to the social and charitable development and preservation of high-quality, affordable and environmentally sustainable housing so people can thrive in the community where they live and work. When feasible, the Corporation will use long-term land use restrictions and long-term ground leases as a tool to provide and preserve affordable rental and ownership housing and to create homeownership opportunities for people who fall under the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of “housing cost burdened” as defined in 2018.

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Executive Director

Maribel Nunez

Associate Director

Jeff Green

Main address

41550 Eclectic St.

Palm Desert, CA 92260 USA

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Formerly known as

California Partnership



Subject area info

Housing development

Population served info

Immigrants and migrants

Homeless people

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

California’s Legislative Analyst Office estimates that the state needs anywhere from 1.8 million to 3.5 million new homes by 2025 to absorb existing demand and future population growth. The current construction pace of fewer than 80,000 new homes per year falls short by 100,000 homes a year of meeting even the lowest estimate of demand. Much of the new construction is also taking place away from major population centers where land is comparatively cheaper and further from areas where most of the job growth is occurring. This will compound traffic congestion, energy consumption and offset savings of lower housing cost with more expensive and time consuming commutes. This drives home ownership further from the reach of working people and pushes the poor into homelessness.

Our programs

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Plan Adelanto

Plan Adelanto will be the 1st property developed by the Inland Equity Community Land Trust. It is a 20 acre lot in San Bernardino county. Phase One of the plan is to build four homes for low income residents of the county.

The first phase of the development will consist of the 1st four homes built on the Northernmost 5 acre section. The property for Plan Adelanto includes zoning for one dwelling unit by right and we can add three ADU’s by right. We are planning to build one 2200 square foot, five bedroom home and three 1100 square foot three bedroom “ADUs.” The second phase will be four more homes.

Population(s) Served

Inland Equity Community Land Trust has joined Tenants Together as a member organization. We are working to build the tenants' rights movement in the Inland Empire. Tenants Together fights for tenants' rights at the state level. We are working to build tenants' unions to help advance common policies that protect tenants the work in other communities and establish them here in the IE.
What does a tenants union do?

We can work together to insure a landlord fulfills the rental contract.
We call code enforcement to ensure that the rental is kept up to code.
We help locate lawyers to sue landlords who fail to maintain habitable living conditions.
We go to city council meetings to fight for rent stabilization, stronger renter protections.
We get together and study NOLO's California Tenant's Rights .
We support one another with tenant issues as they arise.

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Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people

Inland Equity Community Land Trust is working with Parkview Legacy Foundation, Inland SoCal Housing Collective and Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services to promote the building od ADU to add living space and help with the housing crises.

Population(s) Served
Working poor
Extremely poor people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

California Community Land Trust Network 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Inland Equity Community Land Trust is dedicated to the social and charitable development and preservation of high-quality, permanently affordable and environmentally sustainable housing, so people can thrive in the community where they work and live. We will use a community land trust as a tool to provide housing for many people in our region who fall under the HUD’s definition of “housing cost burdened.” Our aim is not only to provide housing to folks who fall under that definition, but also to create housing opportunities for the formerly incarcerated and houseless, who both struggle in gaining secure and consistent housing. By blending these disparate communities into permanent housing through our land trust, we can also economically and racially desegregate our region in the process.

Inland Equity CLT is a nonprofit organization that will obtain land and develop it to serve as permanently affordable housing. Inland Equity CLT will be part of the housing development industry. Currently, housing development in the Inland Empire is concentrated on the development of tract housing priced well out of the range of most residents who live and work here. The build-out costs for these developments runs at approximately $156 per ft2. Almost without exception, rents in the Inland Empire exceed the break-even point by 24% at $126 ft2 , according to CBRE. Developments in manufactured home technology, rammed earth and adobe make it possible to reduce two very large costs contributors in home construction: labor and materials. By working with these technologies, the Inland Equity CLT will be able to produce beautiful and environmentally sustainable housing closer to $75 per ft2. We will also be able to buy and restore existing homes and apartments, making them more safe and environmentally friendly for future occupants-to-owners.

Inland Equity Community Land Trust formed as a non-profit in 2020 to create a Community Land Trust as a way to provide long-term affordable housing. However, some of our board members do have experience in developing housing. Gerald Katz developed EcoAcre, a rammed-earth home in Perris, California and George Aguilar, who is a retired real estate agent. The coalition that has come together to build this land trust has many years experience advocating for the development of affordable housing, emergency shelter and transitional housing. During the start up of the housing campaign, it was clear that raising rents and stagnant wages are pushing more and more people into homelessness. Beverly Earl of Catholic Charities said, “If we are going to really address homelessness, we need to make homes for poor people.” The long term solution to the housing crisis is to provide housing, and much of the for-profit housing doesn’t meet our communities low-income realities. Given the unfairness and luxury expense of most new developments, Inland Equity and our partners started Inland Equity Community Land Trust to offer a real alternative. The IECLT plans to develop housing that is affordable to renters who will be able to immediately lower their housing costs and eventually become homeowners themselves, and in doing so, be able to invest in their community with the extra money that would otherwise disappear into distant-living land developers. Our primary goal is to establish the Inland Equity CLT as an endpoint for the path out of homelessness. Many of the clients our partners serve, journey through homelessness into emergency shelter, to transitional housing, to permanent supportive housing. Our hope is that the Inland Equity CLT will also make homeownership part of that path toward true and lasting liberation. Though most of the housing will be for housing-cost burdened residents, 25% of the housing will be made available to any community member who would like to own a property in the trust. A mixed income community of homeowners invested in their own community, held in trust, guarantees that housing will remain affordable for future generations, and also enshrine the beauty of diversity.

As of now, we have three smaller-scale projects under development: One in Mecca, one in the City of Coachella, and one in Riverside. In Mecca, we are raising funds for a trailer for Jesus and Anabell, a couple currently houseless and referred to us by Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. In Coachella, we are raising funds to make two apartments habitable and up-to-code for rent out at below market rate (70%). And in Riverside we are developing two ADUs on the property of Iglesia Palabra Vive. Our primary goal is to establish the Inland Equity CLT as an endpoint for the path out of homelessness in the Inland Empire. Though this is our charitable goal, our long term vision is a mixed income community of homeowners invested in their own community in housing that will remain affordable where future generations can grow and thrive.


Inland Equity Community Land Trust

Assets info

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Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Inland Equity Community Land Trust

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $275,018
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $275,018
Program Services $50,408
Administration $142,920
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $29,569
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $197,328

Inland Equity Community Land Trust

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $353,679
Total Liabilities $100,000
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $253,679


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

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Executive Director

Maribel Nunez

Maribel is the 1st generation daughter of an immigrant family. She was born in Bellflower, California. She is the 1st member of her family to graduate from high school and the 1st member of her family to graduate from college. Maribel earned a Master's degree in History from Cal State L.A. While teaching History at Riverside Community College she became the Inland Empire organizer with California Partnership in 2010. She became the executive director and has transitioned California Partnership to the Inland Equity Partnership to focus on the two main drivers of poverty, housing and healthcare costs.

Associate Director

Jeff Green

Jeff was born in Fontana California and has lived in the IE all his life except when he was in the Coast Guard. Jeff has a bachelor's degree in History from University of California at Riverside. In college Jeff began publishing zines and lit mags with his college friends and eventually started publishing poetry under the imprint Petroglyph Books. Jeff briefly worked with Heyday Books on Inlandia and No Place for a Puritan. Jeff met Maribel during the Occupy Wall Street in Riverside and began volunteering for the work she was doing with California Partnership. Eventually Jeff was hired on at California Partnership and has been working on issues of housing, healthcare and immigration ever since.

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Inland Equity Community Land Trust

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
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Board co-chair

Ms Anabel Nevarez

Inland Empire Democratic Socialist of America

Term: 2021 - 2025

Board co-chair

Ms Gabiella Armenta

Danza Azteca Citlaltonac

Term: 2021 - 2025

Michael Milan

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)

Beverly Earl

Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties

George Aguilar

Retired San Bernardino Municipal Water Department

Mattew Snyder

Professor of English at University of California Riverside

Anabell Navarez


Gabiella Armenta

Danza Azteca Citlaltonac

Anabel Nevarez

Inland Empire Democratic Socialist of America

Penny Newman

Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice

Candy Doss

Retired postal worker

Blanca Lopez

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

Gerald Katz


EcoAcre Safi

United Domestic Workers (UDW)

Organizational demographics

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