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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 residents.
  • 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, Illinois.
  • 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.