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The mission of Compass Affordable Housing is to improve the quality of family and community life through low-cost housing, support services and advocacy.


Compass Affordable Housing’s vision is an engaged community working together to increase housing that is affordable at the local, state, and national levels.


We believe that living in well-managed, quality affordable housing is a catalyst for family stability and independence.  We know that, with stable housing, low and moderate income families, including those with special needs, will live with dignity. 


Core Values Guide Our Decisions

  • Service to Others
  • Making a Difference
  • Commitment
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity

Strategic Goals


Engaged Board of Directors

Quality Programs

Professional Development

Strong Foundation

Broad Base of Support


Board of Directors


Board President: Laurel Parker

Landscape Architect, Sculptor

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.”  Pablo Picasso

Board Vice-President: Rosi A Andrade, PhD

University of Arizona SIROW, Research Professor

“I found social justice mirrored in the CAH leadership and a dedication to issues of equity and the opportunities for women and their families with inexistent or sketchy tenant histories.  As a University of Arizona research professor my work is service-based, collaboratively developing innovative approaches to community issues (e.g., poverty, education, equity); becoming a CAH board member allows me the opportunity to share my skills while learning in response to the call for affordable housing.”

Board Secretary/Treasurer: Richard K Mullen

Great Western Bank, Banker/Financial Manager

“I joined the Board because I wanted to bring my financial experience to a local nonprofit organization.  CAH fit the bill because their goal is to provide safe, affordable housing to low income individuals and families and to provide valuable support services.”

Emily Hall

Project Developer

I am proud to be a member of the CAH board. CAH provides an essential service to our community by providing affordable housing, stability and services to help our citizens live with dignity and improve their lives.  At CAH I can use my strategic thinking and problem solving skills in a way that benefits CAH and the people it serves. 

Terry McNellis

Commercial Developer – Corporate

“Having grown up in a large family, and having lived in public housing, I know firsthand that people who rely on public/affordable housing do so because of very difficult circumstances, many of which are transitory.  I have devoted my professional and volunteer energies and resources toward the goal of ensuring that people who need quality affordable housing have access to it.  When I moved from Minnesota to Tucson, I found Compass Affordable Housing to be the ideal organization with whom I could continue this work.” 

Martha Martin

Housing & Community Development Planner, Retired

While I worked as a planner for the Pima County Housing & Community Department I got to see the quality of the programs and work Compass Affordable Housing (CAH) does in the community. I joined the CAH Board after I retired. I am happy to help one of Tucson’s most innovative developers and providers of quality housing and support services increase its capacity to help even more disadvantaged individuals and families.

Charlene Robinson

CONSOR Engineers

As a CAH board member, it affords me the opportunity to be involved in the planning and development of affordable housing and other services for those in need, promoting a more stable and healthier environment.

Maryann Beerling

Chief Executive Officer, Compass Affordable Housing

“I accepted the position at CAH in 2008 because it was a small organization with a lot of potential. Today, we exceed our goals and get the opportunity to witness the positive changes families experience and that is heartwarming. The relationships we have with the families we work with and between staff are valuable and make the world a better place.”




William Schlesinger

SCE Engineering

Don Blascak

Colonel, US Army, Retired


Our Dedicated Staff

Maryann Beerling

Chief Executive Officer

Diana Layne-Baca

Chief Financial Officer

Karen Fogas

Chief Operating Officer

Michele Anthony

Finance/Accounting Manager

Nanette Chaffee


Mayra Gamez

Community Housing Manager

Kristy Snowden

Community Housing Coordinator

Irma Garcia

Mary Murray

Victor Espinoza

Candy Pipes

Community Housing Specialists

MonaLisa Amado

Tenant Services Specialist

Gretchen Knutson

Savannah Harrison

Special Projects Assistants

Courtney Coronado

Maria Robles

Jasmine Lozano

Eviction Prevention Specialists

Our Engaged Community

Compass Affordable Housing’s vision is an engaged community working together to increase housing that is affordable at the local, state, and national levels. Whether offering time, talent or treasure, we rely on the Tucson community to participate in planning, implementing, providing services by making gifts of support so that persons that struggle achieve stability at home and in their families.

Addington & Associates, PLLC

Rosi A.C. Andrade, PhD and Natalia A. Contreras

Arizona Department of Housing

Arizona State University: – School of Social Work

Maryann Beerling

Edward M. and Phyllis Bergeson

Don W Blascak

Christine “Crystal” Carlin

Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community

Robert and Jeanette Cassin

Nanette Chaffee

City of Tucson Housing and Community Development

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

The Connie Hillman Family Foundation

Michael Dawson and Karen Dryden

Mary and Albert Dreher

Enterprise Community Investment

Family Dollar Stores

The Family Housing Resources Investment Fund

The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

Fry’s Food Stores Community Rewards

GAP Ministries

GAR Associates Inc.

Bernadette Grandinetti

HF Coors

Hill Brothers Chemical Company

Michael Hyatt

Todd Keay

Charlotte Keller

Paul and Monica Klapper

Laurel Parker Metal Works

Elizabeth Leinweber

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

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John and Diane McNamara

Terry McNellis

MEB Property Management 

Joy Mehulka and Robert Vaughn

Ellen W. Mering

Melanie Morrison

Richard K. and Deborah A. Mullen

Nizhoni Properties LLC

Laurel Parker

Dave and Mary Parnell

Pima Community College

Pima County Community Development Department

Pima County Community Services

Pima County Neighborhood & Redevelopment Dept.

Edgar H. Rawl III

Safeway Grocery Stores

Nareshkumar and Sindhu Samtani

SCE Engineering

William Schlesinger

Jeanne V. Shaw

Southwest Institute for Research on Women

Rita L. Spears

Sullivan Jackson Employment Center

Tom and Mesook Talbot


Steven L. and Sallie S. Tofel

Trees for Tucson

Annabelle Valenzuela

Myron and Letha Van Kirk

Judie and Tim Welch

Carol and Neil West

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona


Compass Affordable Housing

48 N Tucson Blvd. #102
Tucson, AZ 85716

(520) 305-4724