Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

Our technical assistance program, designed specifically with new and emerging organizations in mind, provides tools for negotiating the challenging and rewarding process of developing community-oriented real estate. Through our ‘high-touch’ approach we help give organizations the guidance necessary to ensure their projects succeed.

Community organizations often approach CCLF with three strengths: a compelling vision, a development project idea and the tenacity to make it happen. Frequently, however, they lack the capacity and experience to bring successful projects to fruition. Our goal is to help provide that capacity.

Referral Services

Access time-sensitive development advice and referrals free of charge--online, through cchan [at] cclfchicago [dot] org (email), or by phone (312) 252-0440 x 101.


CCLF offers a variety of topical seminars throughout the year. Visit the workshops page to download the full year's calendar and to register.  Upcoming workshops for 2016 include:  

  • March 8, June 7, November 8: Project Readiness Workshop

Comprehensive Development Assistance

Customized consulting is available on a case by case basis.  Contact Sean Harden at (312) 252-0440 ext. 106 or sharden [at] cclfchicago [dot] org for more information.


Since 2001, CCLF has been a strong advocate in the promotion of sustainability and good design. In 2009, CCLF launched a dynamic new online resource, Building for Sustainability: Resources for Building Sustainably in Chicagoland. Providing focused information on environmental sustainability, this website serves as a starting point for community developers interested in initiating, incorporating, or expanding sustainable design elements in their construction and rehabilitation projects.

CCLF is also a strong advocate of "good design," in partnership with the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. CCLF works for the preservation and enhancement of the built and natural environments. Recognizing that design does matter, and that well-designed projects are important assets, CCLF identifies underserved areas and works to improve and enhance those spaces through its lending capabilities.

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