Baltimore City Office
Are you passionate about housing justice? Do you want to use your legal skills to advocate to end homelessness? If you desire a position where you have the opportunity to provide direct legal representation and advocate for systemic change that prevents and ends homelessness, the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking a full-time Housing Attorney.
HPRP provides free legal services and advocacy to persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Maryland. Encompassing all of HPRP’s programs is the deep understanding that people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness struggle to access legal services offered in a traditional manner. The hallmark of HPRP’s legal program is its ability to reach clients where they live, eat, and spend time. HPRP’s staff and volunteers pursue this mission by offering legal services through outreach in shelters, soup kitchens, government offices, community centers and the street.
HPRP’s housing practice embraces the value of housing as a human right and seeks to ensure justice for and with persons whose housing rights have been compromised. Our work focuses on access to and preservation of shelter and subsidized housing, as well as expansion of affordable and fair housing opportunities. Advocacy for and with HPRP’s client community may also occur with the local Public Housing Authority, Continuum of Care, and Rent Court, as well as public policy work at the local and state level. HPRP is committed to supporting our clients in advocating for housing justice, while we respond to their immediate needs with legal representation.
Reports to: Senior Housing Attorney
Supervises: Law Clerks as needed
- Provide individual representation in approximately 30-40 cases at any one time, primarily in shelter terminations, and also including subsidized housing admission denials, terminations, evictions and fair housing matters;
- Create client and community education materials;
- Conduct regular outreach to identify clients in need of legal services;
- Conduct know your rights presentations on housing law;
- Participate in various coalitions and task forces with community partners on matters relevant to the practice area;
- Engage in administrative and legislative advocacy at the local and state level.
- Ability to travel independently by utilizing either personal or public transportation to reach off-site clinic and meeting locations in and around Baltimore City and Annapolis (HPRP reimburses for travel);
- Prior experience with people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness;
- 1-6 years legal experience as a practicing attorney. Post-graduate judicial clerkship can count toward years of experience;
- Admitted to practice law in Maryland, or Admitted and in Good Standing in another State and willing and eligible to sit for the next available Bar exam;
- Excellent legal research, writing, analytical, and oral skills;
- Ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment;
- Demonstrate initiative and good judgment;
- Aptitude to work well under pressure and meet frequent deadlines;
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively with other staff and community partners.
- Experience practicing Maryland landlord-tenant, federally subsidized housing, fair housing, Maryland administrative law, civil rights and/or poverty law;
- Experience in Maryland State District and Circuit Courts;
- Experience working on advocacy and policy initiatives;
- Fluency in Spanish.
Salary and Benefits
$51,500 - $56,000. HPRP provides excellent benefits: Vacation (20 days), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), and holidays. Employee premiums 100% covered for medical, prescription, dental, vision. Short and Long Term Disability Insurance and Retirement plan with supplemental employer contribution also provided. HPRP’s regular work schedule is at least 40 hours a week from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break. Weekend work may be required for duties such as periodic community events and casework deadlines, or Board meetings (for which all fulltime staff attend). HPRP also provides for a flexible work schedule.
E-MAIL resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org (and specify “Housing Attorney” in the subject line). Writing sample and references will be requested if selected for an initial interview. For this position, the writing sample must be a legal memorandum. 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 oppression, and structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.
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.