Land trust names executive director

The Board of Directors of the Citizens’ Lighthouse Community Land Trust (CLCLT) is pleased to announce that Wilfred Gadsden has been hired as Executive Director of the Community Land Trust.

The position is funded by the generous contributions of the Field Foundation of Illinois and a “root2fruit” grant, a program of the Evanston Community Foundation funded by the Mammel Foundation.

CLCLT will formally introduce Mr. Gadsden to the community and present  its plans for ensuring permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals at its annual meeting May 6.

Before joining CLCLT, Gadsden served as Executive Director and General Manager of a low-income community-based property management corporation serving 150 families residing in facilities owned by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA).

In a previous position as a research and program management specialist for the CHA, Gadsden designed and implemented an on-the-job training program for public housing resident managers, coordinated the sale of CHA scattered-site townhouse units to tenants, and was assigned to project work at HUD headquarters in Washington DC, revising tenant initiatives regulations.

Prior to working with low-income housing projects, Gadsden worked as instructor, teaching English and English as a Second Language (ESL) for City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), North Park University’s Little Village Extension and Northeastern Illinois University, as well as Adult Education courses for Northern Illinois University.

As curriculum specialist for CCC’s Chicago Urban Skills Institute, his accomplishments included design and implementation of an ESL placement testing instrument.

The mission of Citizens’ Lighthouse Community Land Trust is to provide affordable housing opportunities to low and moderate income families and individuals through the creation of a “community land trust” that will ensure permanent affordability.

Citizens’ Lighthouse Community Land Trust (CLCLT) is a not-for-profit membership organization organized to create a real affordable housing market for income-qualified people throughout the City of Evanston.

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