Housing Program Projects and Resources

Legal Resource Library

Sustainable Economies Law Center maintains the Land and Housing section on the Community Enterprise Law website, which is a legal resource on housing and land use.

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Aging Cooperatively

Elders deserve to live with housing security, in a community of their choosing, and retain self-determination for as long as possible. The Sustainable Economies Law Center supports resident-controlled housing options for all, and is further committed to support cooperative, resident-controlled housing for seniors.Elders deserve to live with housing security in a community of their choosing and retain self-determination for as long as possible. The Sustainable Economies Law Center is increasing its legal support for cooperatively-owned, resident-controlled housing options for seniors. That's why we've brought on a Borchard Fellow for Law & Aging, Julie Gilgoff, to help realize this vision. To find out more, please visit our Aging Cooperatively webpage

Legal Services at the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe

The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe provides direct legal advice, workshops, teach-ins, discussions, and legal services supporting the creation of:

  • worker cooperatives
  • food cooperatives
  • urban farms
  • land trusts
  • housing cooperatives
  • local investment initiatives
  • community-supported enterprises
  • social enterprises
  • micro-enterprises
  • cottage industries
  • time banks
  • local currencies
  • and more!

Find the dates and locations for each Legal Cafe on our Legal Cafe events calendar.

Teach-ins at the Legal Cafe

SELC's Teach-ins provide practical, participatory, and action oriented discussions around food, housing, livelihoods, transportation, and more! Many of our most popular teach-ins focus on housing co-ownership, innovative ways of financing land and housing, and more. Check our events calendar for upcoming events and teach-ins!

Past Teach-ins have included:

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Legal Guides

Chapter 9 of SELC’s book, Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy, focuses on legal tools for the creation of more economically sustainable housing models. 

Legal Case Studies 

SELC is creating detailed legal case studies of communities and housing solutions that emphasize sharing, affordability, and sustainability. This work looks particularly at models of shared housing, including cohousing communities, ecovillages, and housing cooperatives.  The legal case studies are designed to allow other groups to replicate existing housing models. Click here for one legal case study by SELC.

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