Welcome to the Community Benefits Law Center
Date: September, 2015
This is an accessible report for communities and local officials interested in inclusionary housing. It walks through the political, technical, and practical considerations needed for inclusionary housing policies and programs to be successful, and includes literature reviews and case studies. It also includes a chapter by the Partnership’s Legal Director on the legal considerations.
Date: December 2014
Major economic development projects and infrastructure investment can present both tremendous opportunities and significant threats for communities and residents. This guide describes what you can do as a local government official to help advance community benefits. The approaches discussed here cover the spectrum from long range planning and policy to actions you can take with regard to individual projects and investments.
Click here, for an easy to print version of this guide.
Date: October 2013
Coalitions of labor, community, faith, environmental, and housing organizations are creating national change through local policy campaigns that will deliver affordable housing to low-income families.
Date: September 2009
The objective of this article is to point the way toward policy that meaningfully and lawfully addresses the important concerns with green development and results in middle class careers in green construction for all segments of a community.
Date: January 2008
This article seeks to describe the efforts of local groups to obtain their right to the city and achieve the goal of better neighborhoods while preventing community displacement. It focuses in particular on the legal strategies used and explores some of the lessons learned in local groups’ campaigns.
Date: January 2008
This article hopes to clarify the term CBA by proposing a definition that would limit its use to describing agreements that reflect the essential values of past CBAs: inclusiveness and accountability. Inclusiveness here refers to the process through which a CBA is negotiated, and accountability refers to the outcome—in particular whether CBA commitments are specific and legally enforceable.
Date: January 2005
Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) - deals between developers and coalitions of community organizations, addressing a broad range of community needs - are safeguards to ensure that affected residents share in the benefits of major developments. They allow community groups to have a voice in shaping a project, to press for community benefits that are tailored to their particular needs, and to enforce developer's promises. CBAs are only one aspect of a growing new movement towards community benefits in landuse planning, taking shape through labor-community partnerships around the country.