A Community Benefits Agreement ("CBA") is a contract signed by community groups and a real estate developer that requires the developer to provide specific amenities and/or mitigations to the local community or neighborhood. (Wikipedia)
Join Jody Adler, Allegra Cira Fischer and me in a lively discussion on CBA’s. We will talk about what CBA’s are; the pros and cons, and some of The Law Project’s work in supporting local community based coalitions in their quest for greater democracy in development.
Jody Adler is the Director of The Law Project. She specializes in the law of exempt organizations working with community-based nonprofit organizations. Jody has taught classes in nonprofit law and management for Oakton Community College and Spertus College. She is on the board of directors of AIDS Legal Council of Chicago and Changing Worlds, a Chicago-area arts in education organization.
Allegra is a staff attorney with The Law Project (TLP), which is the community development project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Allegra’s focus at TLP is on equitable and inclusive development, and she works with coalitions of non-profit organizations in negotiations with developers to secure benefits for surrounding communities, including commitments to build affordable housing, hire local residents and pay livable wages, among other investments important to Chicago neighborhoods and their residents.
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