(Posted June 4, 2019)

Job Description 

The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a 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 and to work to advance racial equity.

About CCH

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a 39-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 within the homeless population 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, thought the work of our racial equity committee, and through the campaigns and initiatives we choose.  

The Law Project is 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
  • 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 are focused on public benefits access and appeals, Social Security Disability, Medicaid managed care, and any related issues affecting access to health care. Other areas of law include education, access to identification documents, housing, family law and civil rights.
  • Conduct regular, weekly legal clinics and community outreach at various homeless youth shelters and drop-in centers, schools, health centers and other community locations. 
  • Develop and implement strategies to address systemic barriers to access to physical and mental health care and public benefits 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 health care and public benefits and other legal rights of young people experiencing homelessness. 
  • Collaborate on the StreetLight App, a mobile app that connects homeless youth to services.  
  • 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 

Required: 

  • J.D. degree and currently licensed to practice law in Illinois  
  • Prior work experience in a public interest law setting  
  • Experience or an interest ihealth and public benefits law and policy, including 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 
  • 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

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and other public assistance programs 
  • Experience representing individuals in administrative hearings or in litigation 
  • Experience working with young people ages 14 to 24-years-old.  
Salary Range 

$49,000 to $54,000, depending on experience 

Excellent benefits, including health, four weeks paid vacation, and a sabbatical program. 

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample and references to Patricia Nix-Hodes at lawproject@chicagohomeless.org. Please put “Youth Health Attorney Application” in the subject line.  


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.