Our mission

The Supportive Housing Community Land Alliance (SHCLA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ease the housing crisis for people living with serious mental health challenges in Alameda County.  Through the community land trust model, SHCLA will create and steward permanently affordable housing by maintaining ownership of the land and will assure that the homes on this land provide stable, supportive, and successful housing for residents whose income is up to 30% of the Alameda County Area Median Income.


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What is a CLT?

A community land trust (CLT) is a place-based nonprofit that holds land on behalf of the community. Some, like ours, are membership-based organizations, where all land trust residents have a voice at the table regarding organizational policies, services and activities.

A CLT can address displacement and gentrification by maintaining affordable home prices for low-income renters. The land is held as a community asset, making it affordable for the community in perpetuity.

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99-year renewable “ground lease”

ensures exclusive use of the land, and perpetual affordability through resale price restrictions. 

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Resident rental and ownership

of single family homes, multifamily residential units, etc. provides security, equity and inheritance rights.

Community ownership

The CLT owns the land as the legal vehicle to represent the community. Governed by residents, community members and stakeholders, it ensures community interests—in rebuilding, affordability, protection from speculators and common uses.

Our story

Between 2015-2017, 41% of unhoused individuals in Alameda reported a psychiatric or emotional condition that impacted their ability to obtain housing.

In 2019 Alameda County peers and family members advocated in Sacramento for the SHCLA housing proposal submitted by ACBH to the MHSA Innovation Grant.

In 2020, ACBH launched SHCLA, a pilot project using the CLT model to ease the housing crisis for people living with SMI and incomes below 30% AMI.

In 2021, SHCLA recruited an advisory committee. The committee elected the founding Board of Directors in June. And the board appointed an executive director in October.

Equity is our north star

SHCLA creates healthy and empowering living environments for all individuals and families living with mental health challenges and very low incomes by:

  • Honoring each resident's truth
  • Having everyone at the table—peers, family members, supportive service providers and housing providers
  • Ensuring that the voice of residents is heard, and requests and ideas for changes are acted upon
  • Removing the sense of "othering" so that we all sense belonging
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Teslim Ikharo
Executive Director

Teslim Ikharo

Executive Director

Teslim is an urban strategist, community convener, and impact investor, using finance, real estate development, social services, and policy to produce positive change. With several professional lives as an investment advisor, real estate developer, and managing director of social service programs, Teslim brings experience in mental health, homeless, formerly incarcerated, and social justice disciplines to Supportive Housing Community Land Alliance.

An Oakland native, Teslim grew up in the city’s Dimond District--a neighborhood he credits with helping to shape his worldview and belief that diversity is a necessary component for creating resilient communities. He believes that proximity and access to public spaces, academic and cultural institutions, and public transit are the bedrock of inclusive, diverse, safe, and healthy blocks, neighborhoods, and cities.

As SHCLA’s first staff person and first executive director, Teslim is most excited about bridging the gap between academic research on access to high opportunity neighborhoods and SHCLA resident health outcomes. He looks forward to working to democratize beauty by adding elements of art and design to each project so that residents, and the surrounding neighborhood, feel more socially connected.

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Macy Leung
Founding Board President

Macy Leung

Founding Board President

Macy Leung serves as a Senior Development Manager at Abode Services (and its affiliate development entity, Allied Housing). She focuses on developing new, ground-up, Permanent Supportive Housing that serves homeless families and individuals in the Bay Area. With over 16 years of professional experience in architecture, affordable housing finance, land use economics, and development, Macy has worked extensively with both public and private sectors on many complex economics, affordable housing finance, and development projects. She holds a MDesS in Real Estate Finance and Development with a focus on Housing from Harvard University, a BA in economics from University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master of Architecture from Iowa State University. She is committed to creating affordable housing and equalizing access to housing opportunities.

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Joy Massey
Founding Board VP, Secretary

Joy Massey

Founding Board VP, Secretary

Joy Massey is a Program Manager at TransForm, a non-profit addressing climate change and social inequity through transportation and housing solutions. She is a community change agent that prioritizes people, especially Black and Brown communities. Joy has over 10 years of professional experience in public health program development, the leadership of project management processes, data analysis, the creation of strategic partnerships, and the facilitation of community decision-making efforts. A resident of South Berkeley (born and raised) Joy understands the need for anti-displacement strategies and is excited to join SHCLA to help address this need for those living with severe mental health issues. Joy served as SHCLA's founding Board Vice President and currently serves as the Board Secretary.

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Chris Schildt
Founding Board Treasurer

Chris Schildt

Founding Board Treasurer

Chris is the Director of Housing Justice at Urban Habitat, and supporter of grassroots organizers to advance housing justice and anti-displacement policies around the country, including through community land trusts and permanently affordable housing. She also serves as chair of the Berkeley Housing Authority and is a founding member of a community-based organization which works to reverse the displacement of African Americans and support affordable housing development in her home community of South Berkeley. She holds a bachelor of arts and a master of city planning from the University of California, Berkeley. As a family member of a person living with severe mental illness, she is passionate about the work of the SHCLA to transform our broken housing system in order to support people with mental illness to live a life with dignity.

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Emile Durette
Advisory Committee Member

Emile Durette

Advisory Committee Member

Emile Durette resides in Oakland, California and is a Management Analyst with the Alameda County Social Services Agency. Previously, he was a self-employed organizational development consultant specializing in assisting nonprofit / nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, government agencies and commercial enterprises improve their operational performance. Emile served as the Executive Director of three start-up nonprofit organizations and has extensive experience in the realm of public policy development at the federal and municipal levels of government. He holds a MBA from the Harvard Business School, pursued graduate studies in international relations / economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and holds a BA in economics from the University of Maryland. Emile’s recreational interests include reading, movies, bike riding, dining and travel.

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Linder Allen
Advisory Committee Member

Linder Allen

Advisory Committee Member

Linder is a retired consultant with 30 years of experience providing marketing strategies and organizational development for non-profit organizations and international government agencies. In 1989, she co-founded the MIND Project and created the internet prototype OpenMind, a California state-wide computer based information exchange network linking stakeholders ranging from consumers, family groups and all local and state entities concerned with the provision and receipt of services for the seriously mentally ill. Linder is a NAMI family member and active volunteer with Solutions for Supportive Homes and the East Bay Supportive Housing Collaborative.

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Chikwanda Chabala
Advisory Committee Member

Chikwanda Chabala

Advisory Committee Member

Chikwanda Chabala, a resident of Alameda City, and Zambia/Central Africa born and bred. She is the CEO/Founder of Kapumpe Choni, an Alameda-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to support community programs that aim at improving the living standards for underprivileged communities locally and in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Alameda is diverse. Chikwanda believes in diversity. For her, diversity is the critical component of cultural competence, which helps her better understand the community she resides in. Because everyone deserves an equal opportunity, Chikwanda uses her mental health and homeless lived experience to advocate for permanent housing and mental health services for low-income and mentally challenged individuals. She is a member of Peers Organization Community Change/POCC, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Alameda County residents who have mental health issues. She participates in the Lift Every Voice and Speaks peer-led support group under the Peers Envisioning Engaging Recovery/PEERS, an Oakland-based nonprofit. 

While advocating for mental health care and homelessness, she obtained an AA degree in Humanity and health Science, BA in community health from the University of CA, Hayward, and holds an MPH/master’s in public health from the University of New England. Her life’s vision is to see to it that no one is left behind in permanent housing and mental health care. To fulfill her mission and serve the community better, she dedicates her lived experience as a bridge to advocate for access to permanent housing and mental health services.

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Gordon Reed
Advisory Committee Member

Gordon Reed

Advisory Committee Member

A native of Oakland, California Gordon Reed is the middle child of 15 brothers and sisters. He is the current chairperson for the Pool of Consumer’s Champion (POCC), a position he has held since 2017. Through his position he works on the African American Empowerment Committee, leading outreach efforts in Alameda County around mental health awareness and advocacy. He also serves on the board overseeing the managing of funds allocated from Proposition 47 to mental health clients and incarcerated individuals. Mr. Reed is also a part of Justice Involved Mental Health, an organization that advocates for its clients by working with the criminal justice system (judges, law enforcement, etc.) on intervention strategies. In addition to this Mr. Reed is a spokesperson and on the advisory team for the Housing is Health Network. Lastly, Mr. Reed serves on the planning committee for the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organization (CAMHPRO). Prior to joining POCC he worked at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), for 19 years. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, cooking, and being with his family and beloved bulldog Snickers.

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Frederick White
Advisory Committee Member

Frederick White

Advisory Committee Member

Fred White is a seasoned real estate capital markets professional with over 20 years of commercial real estate and housing experience with 4 global investment managers, the City of Los Angeles, and CALHFA resulting in $8 billion + of investments. He is well versed in U.S real estate property markets, underwriting, setting investment objectives, negotiating documents, assessing owners/fund operators, and structuring alternative funding sources for affordable housing preservation and development.

Currently, Mr. White is part of the Housing Solutions Team (HST) with the City of Los Angeles. Fred’s responsibilities include implementing the City's $120MM Housing Challenge RFP in partnership with the LA Housing Department (LAHD). Fred also served as the Head of the West Region for State Street Bank’s inaugural core Commercial Real Estate lending platform, helping the firm achieve $1 billion in mortgages nationwide in its first year.

Prior to his most recent roles, Fred was a Senior Director in Nuveen’s Global Real Estate business with responsibilities for all aspects of mortgage origination and real estate acquisitions as well as underwriting real estate impact investments nationally (including affordable housing opportunities). He is responsible for establishing and maintaining TIAA’s west coast debt origination presence from 2006-2016, opening the firm’s Newport Beach commercial mortgage origination office and subsequently the San Francisco commercial mortgage origination office.

In addition, Fred is finishing up a Doctorate in Business focused on Increasing Institutional Asset Owner Capital into Mixed-Income Housing.

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Karen Nemsick
Project Management Team

Karen Nemsick

Project Management Team

Karen is passionate about leading collaborative efforts to create meaningful change in communities. She is currently serving as a FUSE Executive Fellow to manage the launch of the Supportive Housing Community Land Alliance. Prior to this fellowship, Karen served 10 years as the executive director for Rebuilding Together San Francisco where she was responsible for attracting key corporate sponsors, creating engaging fundraising events, developing new programs, and managing budget and staffing needs for high impact home and community improvements. Karen has attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government: Achieving Excellence in Community Development program. She holds a Master of Social Work from California State University, Sacramento, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross. She currently sits on the boards of directors for Rebuilding Together Inc. and Success Centers San Francisco.

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Dev Goetschius
Project Management Team

Dev Goetschius

Project Management Team

Dev Goetschius is the founding executive director of Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County in Petaluma, CA (www.housinglandtrust.org), an organization that has been in partnership with cities throughout Sonoma Caounty to produce and preserve permanently affordable, owner-occupied homes. She has over 30 years of experience in management, strategic planning, program design and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Dev is a partner at Burlington Associates in Community Development (www.burlingtonassociates.com), the national consulting firm specializing in the development and evaluation of affordable housing policies and community land trust programs. She is co-founder of the CA CLT Network, co-founder of the Bay Area Community Land Trust Consortium, founding board member and past president of the National Community Land Trust Network. She currently serves as a founding member on the Board of Directors at Generation Housing (www.generationhousing.org) and at the Center for Community Land Trust Innovation (www.cltweb.org,). Dev holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish Literature, is a licensed Teacher of the Handicapped, she is fluent in Spanish, Hindi and Sindhi.

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Ian Winters
Project Management Team

Ian Winters

Project Management Team

Ian has served as Executive Director of the Northern California Land Trust since early 2002, and is a long-term CLT & coop resident. Professionally he has over 10-years of experience in sustainable construction and architecture as well as community activism and organizational development. He trained as a photographer/filmmaker and art/architectural historian at Tufts University and the Boston Museum School and graduate architecture/design work at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture. Outside of the CLT world he maintains an active life as a working artist.

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Erin Coyle
Project Management Team

Erin Coyle

Project Management Team

Erin started her career in supportive housing and joined NCLT, the organization providing CLT technical assistance for the SHCLA, in 2004. Throughout her tenure at NCLT she earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology, became a licensed MFT, and has provided a variety of services in the Bay Area including outreach, advocacy, case management, counseling and property management. With personal and professional experience in the mental health community, Erin believes that our vulnerabilities can lead to our greatest strengths. She feels grateful and thrilled to be a part of the founding team of the SHCLA.

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Mary Skinner
Project Management Team

Mary Skinner

Project Management Team

Mary is the Innovations Coordinator at Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and her responsibilities include researching state and federal regulations; writing policy and procedures; creating and writing proposals for mental health funding; and presenting proposals, updates, extension and monetary extensions with State commissions. Mary is serving as the county lead for the Supportive Housing Community Land Alliance project. While attending law school, Mary gained experience in case research, drafting memos and briefs while interning with National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), family and immigration law attorneys. At NCLR, she was a citation editor on amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court and drafted briefs for the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Her interests are in the areas of criminal, family, juvenile, appellate and immigration law and the court process. As Branch Manager with ARC, Mary was responsible for the operations of a $15M facility including the management of 50+ staff over 5 departments. Mary has a B.A in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a J.D. from San Francisco Law School. Mary also serves on the board of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

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Veronica Njodinizeh
Community Supporter

Veronica Njodinizeh

Community Supporter

Veronica Njodinizeh is the founder and independent consultant at VNIZEH Consulting, Inc. -  a purpose-driven business consulting firm. With over 20+ years’ experience, Veronica takes pride in her business approach by focusing on people and purpose when delivering, with the key being bringing an intentional diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens into the work that is usually delivered collaboratively with her clients.

As a Senior Consultant for SHCLA in partnership with NCLT, Veronica served as DEI advisor and coach; trained the Advisory Committee and Board; created and executed on the hiring, interview and communication process and protocols related to the hiring of SHCLA’s founding Executive Director; and provided strategic advisory support to the Executive Director and development of the Board. Veronica continues to support and champion the project.



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Mary Hogdon
Community Supporter

Mary Hogdon

Community Supporter

Mary served as a member of SHCLA’s Founding Advisory Committee, as well as SHCLA’s Founding Board Secretary. She continues to serve as a Community Supporter and "Chief Inspiration Officer." ;)

Mary is currently employed by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Office of Peer Support Services as the Manager of the POCC (Peers Organizing Community Change). The POCC is a 1600 member mental health and substance use consumer group that works to transform the Behavioral Health system to a client driven recovery vision. Mary Hogden also serves as the board chair of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO). Previously Mary used her lived experience to run a self-help peer re-educational alternative to incarceration for men and women with mental health and substance use history.

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Javarré Cordero Wilson
Former Contributor

Javarré Cordero Wilson

Former Contributor

Javarré is a champion for social justice and health equity for all people and has been working in and on behalf of diverse communities for the past fifteen years. His passion for his lifetime work in this area can be traced directly to being the grandson of a sharecropper. Prior to his current role as the Ethnic Services Manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health, he managed numerous contracts with a variety of community-based organizations delivering services to individuals experiencing moderate to severe behavioral health conditions. Mr. Wilson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration on Promoting Health and Social Justice in the Urban Communities and a Bachelor’s Degree in Black Studies with an emphasis on African contributions to the world—both from San Francisco State University. Additionally, Mr. Wilson taught students about the trends and challenges of HIV/AIDS among African Americans and the incarcerated population. Mr. Wilson has traveled extensively to many countries in an effort to learn more about different cultures, races, religions and viewpoints. He also maintains his focus on self-care and personal fulfillment through reading, spending time at the beach, playing tennis, bike riding, and finds solace in practicing the piano. Javarré served as a founding member of SHCLA's Advisory Committee

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Denah Nunes
Former Contributor

Denah Nunes

Former Contributor

As the Director of Health and Wellness at Abode Services, Denah oversees and implements programs that serve their most at-risk participants with a focus on mental and physical health. She oversees the HOPE Project Mobile Health Clinic which brings critical services to people who may have difficulty reaching traditional service sites and supports the Coordinated Entry process in Alameda County for Abode. Denah joined Abode in 2014 as a case manager for a mental health team and was promoted to the position of Program Manager. Since 2015, she has managed Abode's Greater HOPE FSP Program, serving adults experiencing chronic homelessness and severe mental health challenges. Prior to working at Abode, she spent five years as a mental health clinician assisting children and families with reunification, probation, and adoption services. Denah holds a Master’s degree in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker.

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“We don’t want people to lose housing if there’s a crisis that takes them away from their home.”

- Alameda County resident