The Housing & Community Development Legal Clinic at DePaul
University College of Law provides corporate legal assistance to
organizations working in affordable housing and community development.
The clinic can assist clients with:
- Reviewing, negotiating and drafting contracts
- Negotiating a contract to purchase property or to lease property
- Representing a business review and negotiate loan documents from a purchase, refinancing or construction loan
- Revising corporate documents including bylaws, operating agreements, and share loan documents
- Representing a small or new developer seeking to redevelop property
- Representing individuals or groups working in affordable
housing or community development incorporate and develop a business plan
- Representing cooperatives seeking to recapitalize, refinance or redevelop their properties
- Representing small businesses and community organizations in other corporate legal matters
- Researching legal issues and drafting policy papers on client’s behalf
Representative work includes:
- Helping a large, local affordable housing developer identify viable parcels for affordable housing development.
- Assisting a large, local affordable housing developer to obtain its MBE and WBE designations with the city.
- Working with a national affordable housing developer to create
a legal literacy training program for its low and moderate income
- Helping a national affordable housing developer draft and revise house rules for multiple housing developments.
- Working with a small, woman-owned architecture company to create a real estate development arm to develop mixed-use development.
- Working with an affordable housing think-tank to develop
policy to create and maintain affordable housing in Cook County,
- Helping a local community development nonprofit to develop a live-work cooperative development.
- Assisting a small nonprofit start-up working to promote economic stability in Chicago’s South Side.