Article 1



A.         Name. The name of this organization shall be St. Joseph Community Land Trust, Incorporated, hereinafter referred to as the “Corporation.”

B.         Purpose. Inspired by the social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, the purpose of the Corporation shall be to develop strategies and programs for the service area that address poverty and foster social justice for the dignity of the human person who is created in the image and likeness of God, by:

1.         Creating, retaining, and promoting quality affordable and sustainable housing for residents of the service area with emphasis on housing for low and moderate income families (up to 120 percent of median income level by family size) and persons with special needs;

2.         Building community and creating, retaining, promoting and enhancing safe high-quality neighborhoods in the service area;

3.         Providing basic life skills for families and individuals through education and counseling;

4.         Providing stewardship of God’s good earth through suitable resource management in cooperation with existing public or private conservation, enhancement, or restoration programs; and

5.         Promoting fair housing and programs that are available to eligible residents in the Service Area regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability.

The Corporation shall adopt a “Housing and Land Trust Programs Plan” to realize the purpose of the corporation.  This plan may be amended from time to time by the Board of Directors to address changing needs of the service area.  The Corporation may enter into joint ventures with other non-profit or profitable organizations if the participation furthers the purpose of the Corporation.

C.        Service Area.  The Service Area is the Lake Tahoe Region in California and Nevada as defined by the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact (Public Law 96-551).   The boundaries of the Service Area may be amended by the Board of Directors in accordance with Article VII of these Bylaws.

D.        Short Title.  The Bylaws of the Saint Joseph Community Land Trust, Inc. may be cited and referred to as the “Bylaws.”

E.         Principal Office of the Corporation.  The principal office for the transaction of the activities and affairs of this corporation is located at 1041 Lyons Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150, in El Dorado County, California.  The Board of Directors may change the location of the principal office and amend this section for that purpose.