Housing Attorney

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Job location
201 North Charles Street
Suite 1104
Baltimore, MD 212001
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project
Street address: 
201 North Charles Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
ZIP: 
21201
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP), a non-profit legal services and advocacy organization, seeks to hire a full-time entry-level attorney in its housing law practice. HPRP’s housing practice focuses on access to, preservation of, and expansion of affordable and subsidized housing opportunities for members of our community with the lowest incomes and those experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. The Housing Attorney will work under a federal grant to provide legal representation to people experiencing homelessness who are denied access to shelter, transitional and permanent housing programs, and who have criminal records that create a barrier to accessing housing.

Responsibilities include:
• Provide individual representation in subsidized housing cases, including admission denials, terminations from shelter and transitional housing, and fair housing matters;
• Provide individual representation in criminal record expungement cases;
• Create client and community education materials;
• Conduct regular outreach to shelters, transitional housing and other community locations to identify clients in need of legal services;
• Conduct know your rights presentations on housing and expungement law;
• Participate in various coalitions and task forces with community partners on matters relevant to the project area.

Requirements: 

Required Qualifications:
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with people living in poverty, experience working with people who lack stable housing a plus;
• 0-3 years legal experience, 2-3 years preferred;
• Participation in a law school litigation clinic or judicial clerkship preferred;
• Knowledge of federally subsidized housing law, landlord-tenant, fair housing, poverty law, Maryland administrative law, and criminal record expungement is a plus;
• Admitted to practice law in Maryland, or willing and eligible to sit for the next available Bar exam;
• Excellent written and oral skills;
• Fluency in Spanish is a plus;
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

To apply: 

E-MAIL resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and names and contact information of three references to [email protected] (and specify “Housing Attorney” in the subject line). We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate homelessness in Maryland. We are looking for applicants who have a comprehensive understanding of structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income for persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness, privilege (including the privileges the practitioner may bring to the legal services setting), and oppression more broadly. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Notes: 
HPRP is an equal opportunity employer. All interested persons encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation. Individuals who have experienced homelessness are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary range: 
DOE with excellent benefits: Vacation (20 days), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), holidays; medical, prescription, dental, vision, retirement plan with employer contribution subject to annual review, life insurance, and long-term disability i
Submission deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2016