Turtle Clan Development Services, LLC

Turtle Clan Development Services, LLC (TCDS) is a Native American-owned national consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, that provides real estate, economic development and affordable housing consulting services.  It was founded two years ago by Shelly Tucciarelli, a member of the Turtle Clan of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.  Ms. Tucciarelli has over 24 years of experience in management, training, administration and development of affordable housing and community development.


Created in particular to assist Native  American communities and private individuals with various services related to housing and construction projects, TCDS provides professional, affordable and economical services to all Native American Housing Entities, Tribal Governments and the American Indian community.


TCDS seeks to correct the critical lack of affordable housing and economic development on Indian Reservations throughout the country, recognizing that there is a lack of education and trust that makes it difficult for tribal members to gain access to the financing opportunities that may be available to them at the federal, state, and local levels.


TCDS offers its comprehensive knowledge and experience regarding affordable housing in all areas, whether design, construction, rehabilitation, grant writing, or implementation of housing activities, including modernization programs.

TCDS professionals have almost three decades of experience from managing building renovations with tribal communities to assisting in formulating and implementing policies and ordinances. TCDS has been successful due to its inherent understanding of the Native American culture and traditions and maintains a strong working relationship with numerous tribes nationwide.

For example, TCDS assists Native American communities in the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, a significant public and private partnership created to encourage investors to make investments in distressed communities and promote economic improvement through the development of successful businesses in these communities. TCDS offers consulting on NMTCs, for-profit and nonprofit developers, community development entities (CDEs), government agencies and others whose goal is to create successful strategies for the building and revitalization of thriving communities. TCDS can help in deal-development, capital strategy and subsidy application support.  TCDS through its added network of mission focused entities can also provide direct links to services for CDE certificate application support, NMTC allocation application writing, compliance and investor reporting and loan servicing, structuring, modeling and transitional due diligence.  TCDS also works within this network on economic and social impact assessments, both pre & post funding analysis and can work with entities to help set up impact tracking systems.


TCDS has consulted on real estate projects and maintained client relationships with the leading affordable housing sponsors in the industry. Its value-added services and solutions are based on innovative thinking and effective implementation and are the foundation on which it has developed the critical resources necessary to provide outstanding professional services. TCDS is dedicated to meeting client needs in a thorough, efficient and creative manner.


TCDS participates regularly in affordable housing, renewable energy, NMTC and real estate-related conferences coast to coast. These conferences attract hundreds of the industry's leading experts and participants nationwide. TCDS also conducts workshops and webinars on a variety of affordable housing, new markets and renewable energy related topics. Because of her industry expertise, TCDS founder Shelly Tucciarelli is repeatedly invited to speak at seminars and conferences throughout the country.