Mission and Goals

Our Mission

Sawmill Community Land Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization with a mission of developing vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods through the creation and stewardship of permanently affordable housing and sustainable economic opportunities for low- to moderate-income families. We empower communities through civic engagement, education and advocacy. Incorporated in 1994, Sawmill Community Land Trust serves Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

Our Goals

Sawmill Community Land Trust takes a comprehensive approach to the housing challenges faced by low- and moderate-income families by demonstrating a 360-degree, long-term commitment to both our clients and neighborhoods.

Our organizational goals for accomplishing our mission include:

- Create a permanent reserve of affordable housing for families at, or below, 80% of Area Median Income
- Carefully steward and manage our portfolio of affordable housing in order to maintain subsidies and quality
- Provide financial education and counseling to first-time homebuyers in order to help ensure their success
- Provide “as needed” support and counseling to existing homeowners who may be facing unforeseen personal or financial challenges
- Develop retail/commercial/light industrial spaces that benefit the community with job creation and needed services
- Help protect existing residents from negative impacts of new development
- Empower residents to make informed decisions about their future
- Create a built environment that retains its physical integrity for future generations while preserving the natural attributes and cultural history of the community
- Support ecological renewal and energy conservation
- Connect land trust residents, citizen leaders and neighborhood associations with resources through referrals and advocacy in order to support and strengthen families and neighborhoods