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This case is offered as part of the Recovery Act Case Program and serves as a best example of the efforts of the large network of federal, state, local, non-profit, and private sector partners who contributed in the implementation of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

In response to fiscal challenges facing state and local governments in the financial crisis, Congress, via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) created the Build America Bond (

The Burlington Community Land Trust has a radical vision: to secure housing as a basic right. Through grassroots organizing, democratic leadership, and balancing opposing opinions, the trust enables low-income families to buy homes on land it owns.

The Burlington Community Land Trust has a radical vision: to secure housing as a basic right, not as a commodity to be bought and sold.

This case illustrates the struggles of a well established nonprofit to understand its financial position after expanding its real estate and long-term debt just prior to the Great Recession. 

This case illustrates the struggles of a well established nonprofit to understand its financial position after expanding its real estate and long-term debt just prior to the Great Recession.