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How community control of housing and land can help solve the housing crisis

How community control of housing and land can help solve the housing crisis

By: Jessica Kutz , High Country News Excerpt: One such organization is the Sustainable Economies Law Center, based in Oakland, California. The nonprofit has been around for more than a decade, providing legal tools to worker and housing cooperatives in the region, among other initiatives.  Read full article here. (Originally... Continue Reading

Nonprofit run by homeless people says it was unfairly taxed for trying to build housing

Nonprofit run by homeless people says it was unfairly taxed for trying to build housing

by Natalie Orenstein, The Oaklandside Our inspiring friends at Homefulness/POOR Magazine have encountered every legal barrier imaginable as they work to build housing for Oakland's unhoused community. The Law Center has partnered with them to address the latest Read full article here. (Originally published October 20, 2021.) Continue Reading

Comprehensive Planning Sucks. These Oaklanders Want to Make It Better.

Comprehensive Planning Sucks. These Oaklanders Want to Make It Better.

By: OSCAR PERRY ABELLO, Next City Excerpt: “We’re trying to hold our ground by not defining the entire process up front or acting like it’s our job to do that,” says Janelle Orsi, staff attorney and co-founder at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, which helped convene the collective starting in... Continue Reading

Grandmas4Housing: How a Tenant-Led Community Land Trust Came to Be

Grandmas4Housing: How a Tenant-Led Community Land Trust Came to Be

By: Mwende Hinojosa and Jocelyn Foreman, Nonprofit Quarterly Excerpt: My mother had just died, and I was being retraumatized by seeing the foreclosure notices. Christine [Hernandez of Sustainable Economies Law Center] was telling me I had more options than cash for keys. But then I realized I had to tell people my situation and... Continue Reading

Our Interdependence Bookshelf

Our Interdependence Bookshelf

What are some of the invisible forces activating the hearts and minds of staff and interns of Sustainable Economies Law Center? Recently, several staff found simultaneous resonance around the word interdependence, and we planned a month of events to deepen our understanding of interdependence. Below, a few of us share... Continue Reading

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