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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Buying Your Own Property

Buying Your Own Property

(p.230) 25 Buying Your Own Property
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter explains why a worker center might consider purchasing its own property. Worker centers buy property for numerous reasons, from getting more space and usable space to stabilizing the organization, increasing visibility in the community, building up organizational assets, solidifying community partnerships, and addressing multiple community needs at once. However, there are downsides to buying property; for example, it diverts energy, costs more than you think, demands regular attention, and is not very liquid. This chapter outlines the steps for buying property, from preparing for the possibility to making quick calculations and moving forward on the property purchase. It also discusses the experience of Casa Latina and Workers Defense Project with buying property.

Keywords:   worker center, property, calculations, property purchase, Casa Latina, Workers Defense Project

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