OUR MISSION

The Future of Affordable Homeownership in Houston

Incorporated in 2018 as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit, Houston Community Land Trust is guided by the belief that secure, quality, affordable homeownership is a foundation on which families build legacy and cultivate opportunity, both for themselves and for their community. Our mission is to make affordable homeownership achievable for limited-income households in Houston by connecting qualified homebuyers with perpetually affordable homes in neighborhoods across our city. We also provide stewardship services and support to help homebuyers find long-term success in homeownership.

 

Houston Community Land Trust is grounded in the principles of community empowerment, equitable access to high-quality housing, and a long-term vision for protecting future affordability for all Houstonians.

About Houston Community Land Trust
Permanently Affordable Homes for Houstonians
 

OUR STAFF

ASHLEY ALLEN

Executive Director

Ashley Paige Allen serves as the Executive Director of the Houston Community Land Trust. She brings to the role 14 years of non-profit leadership experience. Her previous work includes serving as the Director of Postsecondary Programs at Horizons for Youth, an educational and social services non-profit in Chicago, IL and developing S.T.E.M education and workforce development programs within the biotech industry. Ashley has been a community organizer for 10 years, advocating around the issues of affordable housing, homelessness and education. She helped draft and pass the Students in Temporary Living Situations policy, which now provides educational support to over 20,000 Chicago Public School students. Ashley has also served as a consultant with the Barack Obama Foundation, where she assisted in the planning and roll-out of the foundation’s first outreach initiatives and internship program. She is a presenter and speaker at conferences and events all over the country. She holds a B.S. in Food Science from Florida A&M University, an M.P.A from Governors State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Cultural and Educational Policy with a concentration in Sociology at Loyola University Chicago.

NOVELLA BEAN

Homebuyer Support Coordinator

Novella Bean serves as Homebuyer Support Coordinator at Houston Community Land Trust. Her responsibilities include assisting homebuyers in qualifying for HCLT programs and coordinating with HCLT's community partners. In addition to over 18 years of professional real estate experience, Novella’s desire to improve communities’ quality of life and the health of residents suffering from preventable diseases drives her extensive volunteer work. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Texas Southern University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston.

DARREN BLAKEMORE

Homebuyer Advocate

Darren Blakemore serves as Houston Community Land Trust's Homebuyer Advocate. With an educational and professional background in operations management, real estate tax consultation, and commercial and residential sales, Darren brings experience to his role in assisting homebuyers and their realtors with CLT home purchases. For over fifteen years, Darren has developed a deep knowledge of residential and commercial real estate, real estate investment and income producing strategies. Darren continues to keep abreast of the current real estate market in his current role. Prior to joining Houston Community Land Trust, Darren served as a Senior Real Estate Consultant with LJ Group Real Estate.

NINA CULOTTA

Housing Director

Nina Culotta is the Housing Director at Houston Community Land Trust, responsible for overseeing HCLT’s affordable housing programs. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law and a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from New York University. Prior to joining HCLT, Ms. Culotta worked as a real estate attorney with Baker Botts L.L.P. She is a former HCLT board member with in-depth experience providing legal and operational support to community land trusts in Texas.

ERIKA VILLATORO

Homebuyer Specialist

Erika Villatoro is our Homebuyer Specialist. Erika works closely with the Homebuyer Support Coordinator to guide homebuyers through the application and qualification process. Erika is currently earning her Bachelor in Finance from the University of Houston - Downtown. She holds an Associate Degree in Business from Houston Community College. Erika brings nine years of customer service experience to her position. In addition, Erika serves as Humanitarian Aid Coordinator, a teacher, and an active member of her ministry, Palabra de Restauracion, where she regularly leads community events and teaches classes.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

ASSATA RICHARDS

President

Assata Richards is the Director of the Sankofa Research Institute and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston. She has a Doctorate and Masters in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Houston. Ms. Richards also serves as Board President of the Emancipation Economic Development Council and as a member of the Houston Housing Coalition coordinating team. She is the founding Board President of the recently formed Third Ward Cooperative Community Builders and served as Chair of the Housing Transition Committee for Mayor Sylvester Turner.

ANNUAL REPORT 2019-2020

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713-512-5575

1500 McGowen Street, Suite 220
Houston, Texas 77004

Our Commitment to Fair Housing

Equal consideration is a fundamental principle at Houston Community Land Trust, where access to housing is based upon personal capabilities and qualification without discrimination because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, familial status, age, ethnic background, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, or being a recipient of public assistance, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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