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Landed Updates

Landed Launches with the California State University System

Nick Alvarado | 16 Feb 2021

Good news! As of May 2022, Landed is now active in the metropolitan areas near all CSU campuses. An updated list of eligible areas is available here.


As a member of Landed’s West Coast Partnerships team and a California native, I am proud to announce our launch with the California State University (CSU) system. The CSU is the nation’s largest four-year public university system. With 23 campuses spread across the Golden State, from Humboldt County in the north to San Diego in the south, the CSU educates the most ethnically, economically, and ​academically diverse student body in the nation.

From my personal experience, as a non-traditional student, a person of color, and a first-generation college graduate, it can be challenging and overwhelming to engage with higher education. Often there is uncertainty around whether there are folx that look like me and share my experiences. But this is not the case for the CSU’s as they do not only talk about diversity and inclusion, but have the numbers to prove it. Indeed, three-quarters of CSU students are students of color and nearly one-third of undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college. The CSU supports all individuals and the spirit of their work within the community deeply aligns with Landed’s mission to give essential professionals access to resources and to help build deep and meaningful roots near the communities they serve.

"My time at Cal State LA was so special. I decided to go to graduate school well over a decade after I graduated high school. CSLA was able to provide me with a wonderful education while I worked full time and juggled a very busy life. The programs they made available to working professionals such as myself made it possible for me to get an MBA, the first in my family . I’m pretty proud of that and proud to be a golden eagle!” –Julia Samaniego, LA-based Relationship Manager

The CSU aims to make higher education accessible and accommodate the needs of its students. Across the system, 53,000 faculty and staff support nearly 482,000 students. Ninety-fine percent of all enrolled students come ​from CA and many of the CSU campuses have a high percentage of local commuters.

"Rising housing costs in California make it challenging for many of our employees to afford homes, and Landed's program provides a new option to help them live in the communities they serve," said Evelyn Nazario, CSU Vice Chancellor for Human Resources.

Landed’s purpose is to uphold those that uphold us. We are on a mission to help essential professionals build financial security near the communities they serve. Landed offers a variety of resources for educators who are interested in homeownership. While Landed is most well-known for its down payment program, we also offer a network of educator-focused real estate agents and homebuyer education resources to guide you through the programs and paths you could use along your homebuying journey whether now or in the future when you’re ready to purchase a home.

CSU employees can now use Landed’s down payment program to purchase a primary residence in urban or near-urban in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, The Bay Area, and Landed’s newest region, Sacramento.

Landed will be hosting a series of informational events for CSU employees next month. Those who are interested can sign up for Landed and find all of the upcoming events in CA here: landed.com/csu

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About the Author

Nick Alvarado

Nick Alvarado is a son, brother, uncle, and a partner. He thrives off of connectivity and believes every interaction is an opportunity to learn something new. As a hairdresser turner geographer, Nick is passionate about helping others. Before joining Landed, Nick was on the founding team of the women's empowerment space, The Assembly, where he served as the Community and Growth Manager and gained a deeper passion for social impact work. Nick is a graduate of UC Berkeley. Go Bears!

Looking for Landed's down payment program? Due to a temporary unavailability of DPP investment funds, all Landed metro areas are being put on a DPP waitlist effective September 8, 2022. You can read all the details (including FAQs) here if you would like to know more.