Youth Health Attorney

The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a new Youth Health Attorney to join our Youth Futures mobile legal clinic team to advocate for access to quality health care for youth experiencing homelessness in Illinois through both direct representation and policy advocacy.

Organized in 1980, CCH is the only non-profit in Illinois solely dedicated to advocating for and with people who experience homelessness. Staffed by community organizers, public policy specialists, and legal aid attorneys, our advocacy is done in partnership with the people who benefit by our work: Homeless students, unaccompanied youth, parents, ex-offenders, and low-wage workers work with CCH staff and community volunteers. Together, we advocate to develop affordable housing, preserve a shelter safety net, and protect access to public schools and school services, health care, fair wage jobs, and basic human rights and services. CCH creates opportunities where people who have coped with homelessness are shown that their voice matters

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide civil legal services to homeless youth between the ages of 14 and 24 as part of the Law Project’s Youth Futures Mobile Legal Clinic. Areas of law include but are not limited to: public benefits access and appeals, Social Security disability, Medicaid managed care, and any related issues affecting access to health care.
  • Conduct regular, weekly legal clinics at various homeless youth shelters and drop-in centers, schools, and health centers.
  • Outreach to homeless individuals living on the street, providing assistance with access to health care, disability, identification documents and public benefits.
  • Develop and implement strategies to address systemic barriers to access to physical and mental health care that are identified through direct representation.
  • Participate in local and state-level coalitions and campaigns to promote policies and laws to reduce barriers to accessing health care for homeless youth and adults.
  • Assist Law Project Director and Associate Director with litigation and other projects as needed.
  • Develop and conduct trainings for attorneys and other professionals on health care for homeless youth.
  • Oversee and manage the StreetLight App, a free mobile app that connects homeless youth to services.
  • Collaborate with other staff of the Law Project and CCH.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree and licensed to practice law in Illinois
  • 2 or more years of experience in public interest law
  • A working knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and other public assistance programs
  • A demonstrated ability to work with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • A willingness to work in challenging high-poverty communities
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong legal research and writing skills
  • Experience representing individuals in administrative hearings or in litigation
  • Strong commitment to social justice

Salary Range: $46,000 – $53,500, depending on experience. Highly competitive benefits package.

To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample and references to chomeless7@gmail.com. Please put “Youth Health Attorney” in the subject line.

Applications are due by July 26.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age. People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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Unpaid Internships

If interested in an unpaid internship at CCH, please contact the appropriate person:

CCH places more than 20 interns a year with its public policy, community organizing, legal and development staffs.

Most interns are college and graduate students earning academic credit. Most internships run through the academic year or during the summer.