Housing Initiative

Housing Initiative Clinic weighs in on Cook County Land Bank Proposal

November 15, 2012

On behalf of the Housing Initiative Clinic, Sarah Iftekhar '14 and Stephanie Yesnik '14 have completed a policy brief analyzing the proposed

Housing Initiative Closes on NSP Property Acquisition

September 28, 2012

The Housing Initiative Clinic closed this week on a property acquisition under the City of Chicago's Neighborhood Stabilization Program.   Clinic students Ashley Graffeo '14 and William Panfel '14, along with Clinical Professor Jeff Leslie, worked on the transacti

Contract Negotiation in the Clinic

May 3, 2012

It can sometimes be difficult for law students to get a sense of the kinds of sophisticated work their colleagues in the clinics are doing on a day-to-day basis.  Below is the account from Irene Paik '12 on a contract negotiation she conducted along with Jeremy Press '12, on behalf of their client in the Housing Initiative Clinic

Housing Initiative Clinic Closes Transactions in South Chicago, West Humboldt Park

February 9, 2012

The Housing Initiative Clinic recently closed two transactions in a single week.  The first project was the acquisition and rehabilitation of an eight-unit building in the South Chicago neighborhood area.   The building, having gone through foreclosure and been vacated of tenants, had been purchased and mothballed b

Mixed-Income Housing as Pre-Commitment Strategy

Mixed-Income Housing as Pre-Commitment Strategy
Jeff Leslie
Harvard Law & Policy Review
June 1, 2008

Crowding poor people together, isolating them from mainstream opportunities, and providingsubstandard policing, education, and other services constitute bad public policy. Decades of experience with public housing projects that featured just this constellation of attributes have provided ample evidence. It might then seem plausible that we should take the opposite tack.

Faculty: 
Jeff Leslie

Jeff Leslie Comments on Mixed-Income Housing

North Town Village: Mixed emotions from one of the city's first mixed-income developments
Kelsey C. Blackwell, Lenora Jane Estes and Melissa Schmitt
Medill Reports
December 4, 2007

Deneen Pughsley lives in the shadow of the Cabrini-Green projects she once called home.

On most days, she might as well be a million miles away from the high rises slowly being demolished on Chicago's Near North Side.  On other days, the looming buildings are too close for comfort.

Faculty: 
Jeff Leslie

Mandel Clinic's Housing Initiative Helps Complete First Phase of Chicago's West Humboldt Park Homes

Students Led the Sale Closing Process
Staff
Law School Office of Communications
April 6, 2011

Closing on the sale of a home easily falls into the category of major life experience. But when you’re leading the closing process as a law student working on behalf of two nonprofits and a low-income homebuyer, and that home marks a milestone in the creation of an innovative Chicago housing project, the transaction takes on new meaning.

Faculty: 
Jeff Leslie

Students Help Preserve Affordable Housing

Students Help Preserve Affordable Housing
Lynn Safranek
Law School Office of Communications
February 23, 2010

Two students in the Law School's Housing Initiative have put the finishing touches on their project to refinance a low-income Chicago housing complex, a move that will help keep the complex affordable for its tenants and will generate more than half a million dollars in much-needed new money.

Faculty: 
Jeff Leslie
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