Affordable Housing for Urban Native Americans
Shelly Tucciarelli, Visionary Ventures, Chicago
One of the most marginalized communities yet a vibrant part of Chicago’s landscape, the Native American community has struggled with homelessness and a lack of affordable housing since the Indian Relocation Act of 1956. While many returned to the reservations, those that remained in Chicago lived in poverty, poor health, homelessness, and a loss of connection to tribal and cultural identities. Focusing on case studies and the history of Urban Native Americans in the Chicagoland area, we will discuss community engagement and the design/development process that seeks to enhance the connection to tribal and cultural identities while providing trauma informed designed housing for a vastly underserved and historically ill-treated community.
Shelly Tucciarelli has over 30 years of experience in management, training, administration and development of affordable housing and community development. Shelly is a Native American tribal member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and owns Turtle Clan Development Services. Shelly provides real estate development and affordable housing consulting services. TCDS focuses on professional services to increase the supply and quality of housing and economic development in Indian Country nationwide. Shelly serves as the Executive Director of Visionary Ventures NFP Corporation (VVNFP), a 501(c) 3 Native American nonprofit with a Native American board of directors. Shelly is working with our Native American community members in the Chicagoland area to advocate and promote affordable housing and provide opportunities for jobs and services. Shelly previously worked for the State of Illinois’ housing finance agency for over 20 years. Shelly worked for the Multifamily Department where she managed and administered the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and State donation tax credit (STC) programs. She is active within the community and serves on the Advisory Board of several New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) Community Development Entities (CDE’s): Southside Community Optimal Redevelopment Enterprise (SCORE), Central States, Prestamos and Community Hospitality Healthcare Services. Shelly is a Board member for NFP Economic Growth Corp., a national entity serving disadvantaged communities nationwide and the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative. Shelly is also a member of the American Indian Center in Chicago, and the Native American Chamber of Commerce of IL. Shelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Governors State University and an MBA in Real Estate Finance and Investment from DePaul University.