About Us : A private non-profit corporation (501c3) created toB acquire and hold land for the benefit of the community and provide secure affordable access to land, housing and jobs for community residents. Located in the Sawmill neighborhood, SCLT serves the Albuquerque metropolitan area residents who are least served by the prevailing market. The community land trust model accomplishes several goals: Gain control over local land use and reduce absentee ownership Provide affordable housing for moderate to lower income residents in the community Promote resident ownership and control of their neighborhood Keep housing affordable for future residents Capture the value of public investment for long-term community benefit Build a strong base for community action History: The Sawmill Community Land Trust grew out of a long history of community organizing. It was founded by the Sawmill Advisory Council (SAC) in 1997 for the purpose of bringing affordable housing and economic activities to the neighborhood. Currently, the Land Trust is reclaiming 27 acres in the heart of the City of Albuquerque into a livable community, Arbolera de Vida or the Orchard of Life. This comprehensive revitalization effort includes housing, a park, plaza, community center, offices, retail space, manufacturing, senior apartments, and live/work spaces for home businesses. The Community Land Trust was developed to protect low-income residents from gentrification and to enable them to make decisions and to benefit from the redevelopment of the area. Sawmill is adjacent to the downtown business district and the historic Old Town area, one of New Mexico's biggest tourist attractions. The encroachment of these interests have caused real estate values in the surrounding neighborhoods to spiral upwards, pushing land and housing costs beyond the affordability of most families that have lived here for decades.