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VLSP Client Spotlight: San Francisco Housing Development Corporation


By Yvonne Wang, Community Organization Representation Project Intern, Volunteer Legal Services Program


This month, the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) is pleased to spotlight one of our Community Organization Representation Project’s (CORP) clients, the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC). CORP provides pro bono assistance to qualifying nonprofits in a range of business transactional legal areas. SFHDC, a nonprofit organization established in 1988, serves low and moderate income families by providing free financial counseling services and by building affordable homes in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. It has been a CORP client since 2009, and has worked with CORP’s volunteer attorneys on five different legal issues, ranging from real estate to intellectual property.

Vivek Chavan and Regina DavisRegina Davis, executive director of SFHDC, initially contacted CORP for assistance with purchasing real-estate owned properties. CORP placed the organization’s matter with volunteer attorney Vivek Chavan of Greenberg Traurig. For SFHDC according to Davis, “Accessibility is key and being able to call on Vivek, an attorney with an area of expertise in real estate law, has really helped the organization in these extraordinary economic times.” Davis added, “To be honest, we don’t know what we would have done without CORP’s services.”

SFHDC was also helped by CORP in 2010. After attending a legal audit co-sponsored by VLSP, volunteer attorneys Jennifer Rogers and Emily Morris from Hewlett Packard rewrote SFHDC’s bylaws, which had not been updated in 20 years. Davis remarked, “The HP attorneys were very patient working with our board members and the new bylaws were ratified recently. It took nearly a year, but it was successful.”
Davis “highly recommends VLSP to any nonprofit,” emphasizing that CORP and its volunteer attorneys “are of very high quality and the individuals exemplified great character and care.”


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