Re-Entry Organizer  

Job Description: To organize and develop a network of homeless and formerly homeless individuals who are survivors of the sex trade and/or the formerly incarcerated and will work to advance racial equity. 

About CCH: 

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 42 -year-old systemic advocacy organization. CCH develops campaigns and initiatives to address the causes of homelessness – lack of affordable housing, lack of access to health care and services and lack of jobs paying a living wage. We place much emphasis on organizing and developing leaders who have experienced homelessness to become spokespersons and leaders of our various initiatives. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality. We recognize that homelessness is a problem that stems from systemic racism and that biases and prejudices are embedded in the fabric of society, and thus, also permeate organizations like ours. CCH is committed to advancing racial equity in the workplace, through the work of our racial equity committee, and through the campaigns and initiatives we choose. 

Job Responsibilities:  

  • Meet with shelter residents and other homeless people on a regular basis 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with shelter residents 
  • Develop leadership among homeless leaders, using motivational skills and a positive attitude 
  • Promote and facilitate relationships with service providers, primarily members of CCH and Reentry Committee 
  • Develop written materials and provide supporting information for project-specific proposals relating to the project 
  • Assist with training base members in organizing principles and tactics 
  • Work as a team member and do work in support of general CCH activities, as requested 
  • Attending all staff and program meetings, as required 
  • Works in collaboration with all CCH departments—CCH believes strongly in interdepartmental collaboration and expects all staff to work in close partnership with the other departments at the organization 

Qualifications/Skills:  

  • This is an entry level position, best suited for those familiar with a diverse range of organizing tactics and strategies 
  •  Experience in strategic action and building grassroots power through civic engagement.      
  • Experience building and developing grassroots leadership participation.    
  • Effective communication, including written and oral presentations. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in relationship-building skills. 
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills. 
  • Experience working with people from a wide range of backgrounds  
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment 

Salary : $ 47,000 with a highly competitive benefits package  

All employees should be up to date on vaccination series as indicted by the CDC.  The currently approved vaccines under this policy are: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. No vaccine shall be designated unless and until it is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization.   Fully vaccinated means at least two weeks after the final shot in the required timing and dosage (one shot for Johnson & Johnson, two shots for Moderna with 28 days between shots, and two shots for Pfizer with 21 days between shots). 

 
Prospective employees will be expected to comply with this policy within two months of accepting their offer of employment. 
 

 
Please send resume and cover letter to:  organizerpositions@chicagohomeless.org 

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength and recognizes and values the intersectional identities that staff members bring to our organization. We are enriched by the diverse experiences, beliefs, and ways of thinking that employees of different backgrounds bring.  

People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Fair consideration is given to all qualified applicants regardless of criminal record. CCH is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or any other legally protected status.  

Senior Field Organizer 

Job Description: This position is responsible for base building, and relationship building among people with lived experience of homelessness and organizations who serve people experiencing homelessness. This position primarily focuses community outreach to sheltered populations. This position supports organizational campaigns through leadership development, as well as mobilization and will also work to advance racial equity. 

About CCH: 

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 42-year-old systemic advocacy organization. CCH develops campaigns and initiatives to address the causes of homelessness – lack of affordable housing, lack of access to health care and services and lack of jobs paying a living wage. We place much emphasis on organizing and developing leaders who have experienced homelessness to become spokespersons and leaders of our various initiatives. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality. We recognize that homelessness is a problem that stems from systemic racism and that biases and prejudices are embedded in the fabric of society, and thus, also permeate organizations like ours. CCH is committed to advancing racial equity in the workplace, through the work of our racial equity committee, and through the campaigns and initiatives we choose. 

Job Responsibilities:  

  • Build and maintain a regular schedule of outreach to shelters 
  • Identify and develop leadership among people with lived experience of homelessness 
  • Develop and maintain a core group of grassroots leaders who are sheltered 
  • Plan, conduct, and execute direct actions 
  • Work as a team member and do work in support of general CCH activities, as requested. 
  • Assist with training base members in organizing principles and tactics 
  • Attending all staff and program meetings, as required 
  • Works in collaboration with all CCH departments—CCH believes strongly in interdepartmental collaboration and expects all staff to work in close partnership with the other departments at the organization 

Qualifications/Skills:  

This is a mid-level position. 

  •   Previous experience as a community organizer in a direct-action community organization. 
  •   Prior experience with grassroots leadership development 
  • Familiarity with diverse range of organizing tactics and strategies 
  • Experience working with diverse population 
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships 
  • Supervisory experience. 
  • Effective communication skills, verbal and written. 
  • Demonstrated ability to stay on task and meet deadlines 

Salary range: $53,000-$57,000  based on experience, highly competitive benefits package  

All employees should be up to date on vaccination series as indicted by the CDC.  The currently approved vaccines under this policy are: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. No vaccine shall be designated unless and until it is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization.   Fully vaccinated means at least two weeks after the final shot in the required timing and dosage (one shot for Johnson & Johnson, two shots for Moderna with 28 days between shots, and two shots for Pfizer with 21 days between shots). 

 
Prospective employees will be expected to comply with this policy within two months of accepting their offer of employment. 
 

 
Please send resume,  and  cover letter: organizerpositions@chicagohomeless.org  

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength and recognizes and values the intersectional identities that staff members bring to our organization. We are enriched by the diverse experiences, beliefs, and ways of thinking that employees of different backgrounds bring.  

People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Fair consideration is given to all qualified applicants regardless of criminal record. CCH is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or any other legally protected status.  

Policy Intern

Applications are being accepted March 1-March 30, 2022 for fall academic year internships running from Aug/Sept 2022 through May/June 2023.

Position can be all remote, but preference will be given to candidates who can attend occasional in-person meetings and events.

Description

The policy intern conducts research in areas of housing and homelessness and collaborates with CCH staff to develop policy campaigns. Areas of advocacy include housing, employment, criminal justice, and youth homelessness.

About CCH

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a systemic advocacy organization. CCH develops campaigns and initiatives to address the causes of homelessness – lack of affordable housing, lack of access to health care and services, and lack of jobs paying a living wage. We place much emphasis on organizing and developing leaders who have experienced homelessness to become spokespersons and leaders of our various initiatives. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality. We recognize that homelessness is a problem that stems from systemic racism and that biases and prejudices are embedded in the fabric of society, and thus, also permeate organizations like ours. CCH is committed to advancing racial equity in the workplace, through the work of our racial equity committee, and through the campaigns and initiatives we choose.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in research, tracking, analysis, and communication of relevant state and local policy issues, legislation, and regulations;
  • Produce written materials necessary to develop and implement policy initiatives;
  • Support CCH staff in state and local policy development, communications, and administrative duties, as assigned;
  • Perform survey research and data analysis around homelessness in Chicago and Illinois;
  • Participate in task force meetings and other organized efforts with coalition groups working toward ending homelessness;
  • Support CCH staff in coordinating meetings with elected officials and candidates
  • Support coalition building efforts
  • Collaborate with all CCH departments—CCH believes strongly in interdepartmental collaboration and expects all staff to work in close partnership with the other departments at the organization.

Qualifications/Skills

  • Entry level position
  • Demonstrated oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and racial equity
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage projects
  • Demonstrated interest in policy/advocacy work to address poverty/homelessness

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to policyintern@chicagohomeless.org


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength and recognizes and values the intersectional identities that staff members bring to our organization. We are enriched by the diverse experiences, beliefs, and ways of thinking that employees of different backgrounds bring.

People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Fair consideration is given to all qualified applicants regardless of criminal record. CCH is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.

Staff Attorney

Job Description

The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a mid-level Staff Attorney to join our Law Project team to advocate for people experiencing homelessness in Illinois through both direct representation and policy advocacy in the areas of civil rights and public benefits and to work to advance racial equity. 

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

About CCH  

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 42-year-old systemic advocacy organization. CCH develops campaigns and initiatives to address the causes of homelessness – lack of affordable housing, lack of access to health care and services and lack of jobs paying a living wage. We place much emphasis on organizing and developing leaders who have experienced homelessness to become spokespersons and leaders of our various initiatives. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality. We recognize that homelessness is a problem that stems from systemic racism and that biases and prejudices are embedded in the fabric of society, and thus, also permeate organizations like ours. CCH is committed to advancing racial equity in the workplace, through the work of our racial equity committee, and through the campaigns and initiatives we choose. 

Job Responsibilities  

  • Provide civil legal services to people experiencing homelessness. Areas of focus include civil rights and public benefits, including Social Security hearings.  Other areas of law may include access to identification documents, housing and criminal law. 
  • Conduct regular legal clinics and community outreach to unsheltered communities and through the Law Project’s Youth Futures Mobile Legal Clinic at various shelters and drop-in centers, schools, health centers and other community locations serving youth ages 14-24.  
  • Participate in the Law Project’s impact litigation to address systemic issues and barriers to people experiencing homelessness, including civil rights cases. 
  • Participate in local and state-level coalitions and campaigns to promote policies and laws to protect the rights of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness and to reduce barriers to accessing health care and public benefits for homeless youth and adults.  
  • Assist Law Project staff on other projects as needed.   
  • Develop and conduct trainings for attorneys and other professionals on civil rights, public benefits, health care and other legal rights of people experiencing homelessness. 
  • Collaborate with the Law Project’s Public Benefits Specialist in public benefits cases. 
  • Supervision of law student and social work student interns, possible future supervision opportunities 
  • Work in collaboration with all CCH departments—CCH believes strongly in interdepartmental collaboration and expects all staff to work in close partnership with the other departments at the organization. 

Qualifications/Skills  

Required:  

  • J.D. degree and currently licensed or eligible to waive in to practice law in Illinois   
  • Mid-level legal experience in a legal aid organization or other setting providing direct representation 
  • Experience and an interest in civil rights, public benefits and health law and policy, and/or criminal law.  In addition to professional experience in these areas, experience can include personal experience with homelessness, poverty and other issues affecting our clients.  
  •  Experience working with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds   
  •  Experience working in communities impacted by poverty and a desire to spend a significant amount of time out in the community providing legal services and engaging in outreach  
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and work to advance racial equity  
  • Self-direction and self-motivation and the ability to work independently  
  • Demonstrated strong research and writing skills 

Preferred: 

  • Experience representing individuals in administrative hearings or in litigation  
  • Experience and interest in criminal law 
  • Experience working with young people ages 14 to 24-years-old   
  • Valid driver’s license 

Salary range

$60,000 to 72,000 based on experience, highly competitive benefits package, including health insurance (90% of premium paid by organization), four weeks of paid vacation, sabbatical program and student loan repayment assistance program and more. 

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, references and writing sample to Patricia Nix-Hodes at lawproject@chicagohomeless.org


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength and recognizes and values the intersectional identities that staff members bring to our organization. We are enriched by the diverse experiences, beliefs, and ways of thinking that employees of different backgrounds bring.  

People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Fair consideration is given to all qualified applicants regardless of criminal record. CCH is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.  

Law Project Paralegal Intern

Job Description

The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a paralegal Intern to support the Law Project in their work in advocating for people experiencing homelessness in Chicago and throughout Illinois. In this position, you will conduct intakes of potential clients, and provide support to attorneys with their casework. The types of cases Law Project attorneys handle include public benefits cases, educational rights cases, expungement/sealing cases, civil rights cases, and other civil legal matters. Paralegal interns are expected to be able to work independently and collaboratively with Law Project staff. This position is remote with the option for some-in office work and in person outreach and distribution of materials.

Access to a computer and internet is helpful but not required. Computer and internet access can be provided if needed. All paralegal interns are also expected to work to advance racial equity.

About CCH

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 42-year old systemic advocacy organization. CCH develops campaigns and initiatives to address the causes of homelessness – lack of affordable housing, lack of access to health care and services and lack of jobs paying a living wage. We place much emphasis on organizing and developing leaders who have experienced homelessness to become spokespersons and leaders of our various initiatives. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality. We recognize that homelessness is a problem that stems from systemic racism and that biases and prejudices are embedded in the fabric of society, and thus, also permeate organizations like ours. CCH is committed to advancing racial equity in the workplace, through the work of our racial equity committee, and through the campaigns and initiatives we choose.

The Law Project is a program of CCH that provides free legal services to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The Law Project’s work includes educational rights for students who are homeless, a mobile legal clinic to provide legal services to homeless youth, including access to health care and civil rights for people living on the street.

Job Responsibilities

Clients

  • Provide assistance in conducting intakes of clients to assess clients’ legal issues.
  • Provide support to Law Project attorneys with their casework, such as assisting clients with applying for public benefits.
  • Assist in compiling/reviewing a variety of documents for various audiences, such as legislators, service providers, and school staff.

Community Outreach*

  • Distribute Law Project materials at various events.
  • Assist Law Project staff in conducting outreach, in places such as shelters, schools, and street outreach.

*In response to the COVID-19 virus, only limited outreach is being conducted for the time being.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated desire to work with people experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • Ability to work in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrated desire to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Enrollment in a paralegal program preferred (however, being a student is not a requirement for this position).

To Apply

Please send a cover letter detailing how you are qualified for this position, a resume, and two references, to Arturo Hernandez at arturo@chicagohomeless.org and please put “Paralegal Intern” in the subject line. The applicant selected for this internship position will receive a stipend.


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength and recognizes and values the intersectional identities that staff members bring to our organization. We are enriched by the diverse experiences, beliefs, and ways of thinking that employees of different backgrounds bring.

People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Fair consideration is given to all qualified applicants regardless of criminal record. CCH is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.

Law Project Intern

Job Description

The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a Law Intern to support the Law Project in their work in advocating for people experiencing homelessness in Chicago and throughout Illinois. In this position, you will conduct research, writing, intakes of potential clients, and also assist attorneys with their casework. The types of cases Law Project attorneys handle include educational rights cases, expungement/sealing cases, civil rights cases, and other civil legal matters. Law interns are expected to be able to work independently and collaboratively with Law Project staff. All law interns are also expected to work to advance racial equity.

About CCH

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 42-year old systemic advocacy organization. CCH develops campaigns and initiatives to address the causes of homelessness – lack of affordable housing, lack of access to health care and services and lack of jobs paying a living wage. We place much emphasis on organizing and developing leaders who have experienced homelessness to become spokespersons and leaders of our various initiatives. CCH does its work in accordance with its organizational values – collaboration, integrity, strategic action, compassion, and intersectionality. We recognize that homelessness is a problem that stems from systemic racism and that biases and prejudices are embedded in the fabric of society, and thus, also permeate organizations like ours. CCH is committed to advancing racial equity in the workplace, through the work of our racial equity committee, and through the campaigns and initiatives we choose.

The Law Project is a program of CCH that provides free legal services to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The Law Project’s work includes educational rights for students who are homeless, a mobile legal clinic to provide legal services to homeless youth, including access to health care and civil rights for people living on the street.

Job Responsibilities

Casework/Clients

  • Conduct research on a variety of matters, and assist attorneys in writing briefs, or other legal documents.
  • Provide assistance in conducting intakes of clients to assess clients’ legal issues.
  • Assist Law Project attorneys with casework, such as public benefits cases, civil rights cases, expungement/sealing cases, and educational rights cases.
  • Assist in compiling/reviewing a variety of documents for various audiences, such as legislators, service providers, and school staff.

Community Outreach*

  • Distribute Law Project materials at various events.
  • Assist attorneys in conducting outreach, in places such as shelters, schools, and street outreach.

*In response to the COVID-19 virus, only limited outreach is being conducted for the time being.

Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in a law school.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated desire to work with people experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • Ability to work in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrated desire to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

To Apply

Please send a cover letter detailing how you are qualified for this position, a resume, three references, and a brief writing sample of no more than 5 pages, to Arturo Hernandez at arturo@chicagohomeless.org and please put “Law Intern” in the subject line. The applicant selected for this internship position will receive a stipend.


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength and recognizes and values the intersectional identities that staff members bring to our organization. We are enriched by the diverse experiences, beliefs, and ways of thinking that employees of different backgrounds bring.

People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Fair consideration is given to all qualified applicants regardless of criminal record. CCH is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.