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Housing Staff Attorney

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Company Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. Location Plattsburgh, NY, United States

Public Interest


53794 to 73297

2-10 yrs required



Sep 12, 2022

Dec 26, 2022

Apr 02, 2022


Housing Staff Attorney
Candidate will implement Eviction Prevention response to the pandemic. Will provide legal assistance to eligible households at risk of homelessness by preventing evictions, securing mainstream benefits, and making referrals to services which will enhance the household’s ability to maintain permanent housing. Work collaboratively with government and nonprofit agencies which provide supportive services, income, shelter, permanent supportive housing, homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing services and financial assistance, to plan and provide assistance to the homeless and at-risk residents. Will provide legal assistance in maintaining or securing permanent housing and the income necessary to retain permanent housing. Legal assistance will include eviction defense, asserting COVID-19 special protections for tenants and fully utilizing the law to preserve tenancies and keep people safe in housing. Additionally, will protect public and subsidized housing tenancies and subsidies, address utility shut offs or denials of service, and secure emergency assistance, ongoing temporary assistance and other income supports necessary to achieving housing stability. Will provide a full range of legal services, including counsel and advice, referrals, representation in administrative hearings, affirmative and defensive litigation, systemic advocacy, community legal education, outreach and engagement and community lawyering. Will be experts in the Emergency Rental Assistance Program or Right To Counsel Program and related data collection. Requirements and compliance therewith and will work collaboratively with other housing attorneys and paralegals to ensure that efficient and effective legal assistance is provided which maximizes access to services and addresses systemic issues that cause homelessness. Will also participate in the development and implementation of race equity priority and their own professional development plan.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements: Admission to New York State Bar. 2-10 years’ experience. Must demonstrate a strong commitment to helping poor and disadvantaged people overcome institutional barriers to employment, safety, housing, and income supports and the provision of assertive, compassionate victim sensitive trauma informed services to victims of domestic violence. Must be able to communicate effectively with clients and staff, work independently and efficiently and be able to problem solve and work collaboratively with community partner agency staff. Training or experience in community lawyering or community organizing or engagement, demonstrated strong listening and relationship building skills, experience, creativity and willingness to use varied legal and non-legal advocacy tools to advance community identified initiatives preferred. Must be willing to travel throughout the relevant service area and have a car and a clean valid New York driver’s license. Strong computer, administrative, reporting and data entry skills required. Ability to speak Spanish or Chinese is a plus.

Min Salary/Max Salary
USD 53794 to 73297 Annually

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.
100 Court Street
P.O. Box 989
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

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