April 2: Conference on Community Benefits Agreements

Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) are contractual agreements between community organizations and real estate developers, requiring them to provide jobs, housing and other benefits to the community. Four CBA campaigns are underway in Chicago.

This conference brings together leaders of Chicago area coalitions to share experiences and learn from national experts. It is sponsored by community groups including CCH, as well as the Woods Fund of Chicago and the Pierce Family Foundation. 

When: Saturday, April 2, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: SEIU Healthcare, 2229 S. Halsted, Chicago – 1st Floor

Who: Leaders and organizations engaged in a campaign or coalition to get a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), national experts on CBAs, and elected officials who work with organizations on CBAs.

To register, use this link. (No fee to attend.)

Conference sessions include:

  • 9 a.m. – Campaign updates from Chicago coalitions working on CBAs
  • 9:45 a.m. – Best practices around the country: What made these CBAs successful?
  • 11:15 a.m. – Monitoring and Enforcement
  • 1 p.m. – Lunch panel: Working with public officials
  • 2:15 p.m. – Winning quality, permanent jobs and construction jobs through CBAs

For more information:

Rachel Ramirez, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

(773) 428-2725 (cell) Rachel@chicagohomeless.org

Lindsey Hammond, Community Renewal Society

(312) 673-3841 lhammond@communityrenewalsociety.org.