Community & Economic Development Program provides transactional legal counsel to nonprofits and small businesses that sustain and empower low-income communities. We assist these organizations with an array of development and operational projects to sustain affordable housing developments, community health centers, and schools. We help small businesses on commercial lease matters.
The groups we represent seek to create, develop, and operate new and rehabilitated affordable housing; provide high quality health care services; develop community-wide sustainable development strategies; provide support and educational services to youth from infancy through college; and generally work for social and economic justice in local low-income communities. Our partnerships create minority and community-owned businesses and jobs.
- Advance economic justice within historically marginalized communities.
- Promote equitable economic development by providing legal services to nonprofits with programs promoting these goals and providing preventive solutions to reducing poverty.
- Basement conversion
- Community land trusts
Brooklyn A’s CED attorneys, as in-house and special project counsel, offer nonprofit clients ongoing, long-term representation that encompasses the full range of services that private sector corporations routinely receive from their corporate counsel. The transactional legal services we provide include:
- Real estate, including pre-development coordination and title and finance closings
- The drafting and negotiation of contracts
- Regulatory representation and negotiations with governmental authorities
- Advice and council with regard to public and private financing
- Corporate and tax advice
- Environmentally sustainable development
- Employee relations
- Corporate formation, including incorporation, obtaining tax-exempt status and organizational structuring
- Litigation, in limited circumstances
Our partnerships are longstanding, with most collaborations persisting for two decades or more. These relationships enable Brooklyn A to serve as the legal catalyst fueling community-initiated projects that create critical infrastructure and improve the quality of life for struggling New York City families.
- African American Planning Commission, Inc.
- Arts East New York, Inc.
- The Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc.
- Borough Development Group
- Brownsville Community Development Corporation
- Churches United for Fair Housing
- Community Services Housing Development Corporation
- Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Inc.
- Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation
- Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation
- Southside United Housing Development Fund Corporation (Los Sures)
- Trey Whitfield School
- Urban Health Plan, Inc.
Pro Bono Partnerships
- Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP