For Center for Community Self-Help
DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION: Self help is a nonprofit consisting of the Center for
Community Self-Help and two financing affiliates, Self-Help Credit Union and Self-Help Ventures Fund. Our mission is to create ownership and economic opportunities for minorities, women, rural residents, and low-wealth families. In addition to our direct lending, we serve as laboratory for economic development. The result is stronger families living in stronger communities where people have a greater investment in the future.
Since 1980, Self-Help has provided over $1.6 billion financing to over 24,000 small businesses, nonprofits, and homebuyers. In addition, Self-Help often works collaboratively with state and national organizations to increase economic opportunity for low-wealth families throughout the country.
Self-Help operates from regional offices in Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville, and Wilmington.
DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT WORK/PROJECTS: The student will be involved in multiple areas of affordable housing and commercial real estate development. Projects include legal research of property ownership, relocation issues, regulatory compliance for federal and state subsidies; construction contract preparation; lease review; and associated tasks involved with development of affordable housing and commercial real estate. The student will also assist in on-going development of affordable housing and work with staff on the identification and development of new real estate projects, either for Self-Help of with other ally organizations in the community development field.
COURSE OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES FOR STUDENT: The
student will need legal research skills, some financial background, preferably in real estate development, strong academic background and an interest in a career in community development.