(Posted August 2, 2021)
The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a mid-level Public Benefits Attorney to join our Law Project team to advocate for access to public benefits and quality health care for people experiencing homelessness in Illinois through both direct representation and policy advocacy and to work to advance racial equity.
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 41-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.
- Provide civil legal services to people experiencing homelessness. Areas of law are focused on public benefits access and appeals, Social Security Disability, Medicaid managed care, and any related issues affecting access to health care and public benefits. Other areas of law include education, access to identification documents, housing, family law and civil rights.
- Conduct regular, weekly legal clinics and community outreach as part of 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.
- Develop and implement strategies to address systemic barriers to public benefits and 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 and public benefits for homeless youth and adults.
- Assist Law Project staff with litigation and other projects as needed.
- Develop and conduct trainings for attorneys and other professionals on public benefits, health care and other legal rights of young people experiencing homelessness.
- Collaborate on StreetLight Chicago, a mobile app and website that connects homeless youth to services.
- Supervision of law student and social work student interns.
- 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.
- 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
- Experience and an interest in public benefits and health law and policy, including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). 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
- Experience and ability in working collaboratively and as part of a team
- Self-direction and self-motivation and the ability to work independently
- Demonstrated strong research and writing skills
- Experience representing individuals in administrative hearings or in litigation
- Experience working with young people ages 14 to 24-years-old
- Valid driver’s license
$58,000 to $68,000 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.
Please send resume, cover letter, references and writing sample to Patricia Nix-Hodes at firstname.lastname@example.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, any other legally protected status.