Job Details

Staff Attorney

Company name

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Valid Through

Nov 13, 2020

Posted on

Jul 31, 2020

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 46307 to 50184 Annually

Years of Experience

1-4 yrs required

Location

Albany, NY, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
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Staff Attorney
The candidate should be experienced housing attorneys to prevent homelessness and the threat to housing caused by COVID 19 in the Capital Region of New York State. Will be dedicated to mission and will seek justice and fairness for households at risk of homelessness and who are suffering from financial and other hardships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Will implement Homelessness Prevention response to the COVID -19 pandemic. Will provide legal assistance to eligible Capital Region households who are 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. Will be actively involved in the communities’ efforts to maintain public health and safety by addressing homelessness during the pandemic. Will be expected to participate in the communities’ Coordinated Entry system and 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 of the Capital Region. 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, 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 be expected to 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 expert in the Emergency Solutions Grant Program and HMIS ( Homeless Management Information System ) requirements and compliance therewith and will work collaboratively other housing attorneys to ensure that efficient and effective legal assistance is provided which maximizes access to services and addresses systemic issues that cause homelessness.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Admission to New York State Bar. Must have 1-4 years’ experience. Must demonstrate a strong commitment to helping poor and disadvantaged people overcome institutional barriers to employment, safety, housing, and income supports. Must be intelligent, hardworking, careful, reliable, have good judgment, attention to detail and a demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the low-income community. 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. Strong computer, administrative, reporting and data entry skills required. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.
Application Deadline August 20, 2020.

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.
55 Colvin Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Fax: 518-427-8352

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