Housing & Homelessness Staff Attorney
MLRI seeks a skilled attorney with litigation experience and a background in housing law and homelessness issues.
The Housing & Homelessness Staff Attorney will provide advocacy, leadership, and support to the Massachusetts legal services community, and other advocates, on housing and family homelessness related legal and policy issues. For example, he/she will lead efforts to ensure that the rights of families at risk of homelessness and homeless families in the state’s shelter system are enforced; preserve and expand affordable housing for low-income individuals and families; expand housing opportunities in communities where jobs and good schools are available; enforce fair housing laws; protect the housing rights of survivors of violence and persons with criminal records; ensure that any newly implemented laws, policies and practices do not violate the rights of low income tenants or homeless families. He/she will lead the Emergency Assistance (EA) Coalition and be an active member of the statewide Housing Coalition.
The Staff Attorney will represent low-income people's housing rights through litigation and policy advocacy, and offer technical assistance to legal services field attorneys and other community/advocacy groups (health care providers, social workers, shelter providers, etc.) that work with homeless and housing insecure families so that they can uphold housing and civil rights laws.
In addition, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for updating the content of the annual Emergency Assistance (EA) Advocacy Guide, conducting Emergency Assistance (and other housing-related) advocacy trainings to legal services staff and other advocates, and preparing analyses of family homelessness-related items in the state budget. The Housing & Homelessness Staff Attorney will report to MLRI’s Sr. Housing Attorney.
Please see the Position Description for candidate qualifications and additional information.
Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to Georgia Katsoulomitis, Executive Director, via email at: HousingAtty@mlri.org (no phone calls please).
Qualified candidates should submit applications as early as possible.
Application Deadline: FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. MLRI strives for racial and ethnic diversity because it is critical to achieving MLRI's mission and to operating in a way that is consistent with MLRI's organizational values Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.