Community Economic Justice Clinic Services

EBCLC’s Community Economic Justice Clinic (CEJ) is focused on empowering low-income communities of color to build long-term solutions to poverty through the advancement of community-owned cooperative businesses and affordable housing. CEJ provides free legal education, advice and representation to low‐income entrepreneurs, minority-owned businesses, and nonprofits (including community land trusts) through a racial justice and anti-displacement lens. CEJ attorneys and advocates can provide the following types of assistance:

  • Business Development
    • Entity formation
    • Sale of business to employees (i.e. cooperative conversion)
    • Tax exemption applications
    • Compliance with nonprofit, employment, and tax laws
    • Commercial lease assistance
  • Affordable Housing
    • Joint venture formation and advice
    • Tax exemption and affordable housing tax credit applications
    • Drafting and reviewing of contracts, agreements, and loan documents
  •  Worker Cooperative Academy – 12-week business course at Laney College in partnership with the Sustainable Economies Law Center and Project Equity.

 

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