Justice For Housing is a grassroots advocacy organization. We are work to change and challenge discriminatory housing policies which affect formerly incarcerated, justice-involved, domestic violence, low-income housing assistance.
Justice 4 Housing is seeking a paralegal, pre-law student who wants hands-on experience with the legal and housing system. Research Public Housing policies, housing advocacy, virtual appearances at eviction hearings, public housing appeal hearings and mitigation. Our interns will be directly working with our clients who are appealing their housing denials or preparing public housing applications, rental assistance and data research. You will be working in our Hands-on Defense program.
Weekly meetings with team and clients. As well as advocate for those with a criminal background who have been discriminated against due to a criminal record or domestic violence.
A few of the situations you will encounter when helping our community:
- Loved one granted parole told they could not be released due to the released address receiving public housing assistance/Section 8?
- Released from prison after a “House Check” was done by Probation/Parole, you are told you are not allowed to reside with family/friends receiving public housing assistance/section 8 because the Public Housing Authority will not add you to the lease.
- In jeopardy of losing or have already lost your housing assistance due to a domestic violence incident.
- In jeopardy of losing or have already lost your housing assistance after you or a leased member of your household has been arrested?
- Re-applied for public housing assistance and denied after (3-5) year waiting period.
- Denied after a past termination for any reason?
- Denied public housing assistance based on a criminal background check.
- Any person with a criminal record facing housing discrimination in any form from a private or public housing landlord.
Must be excited and ready to engage with clients directly on their appeals process in regards to the above situations.
We are formerly incarcerated community allies, and advocates with aligned spirit and goals. We operate from a people-led process to organize and advocate for the abolishment of discriminatory federal, state, and local housing policies. We also ensure stable housing that addresses the root causes of justice-involved homelessness with holistic and community-based solutions.
While this internship is unpaid, we are happy to work with you and your academic institution to ensure that you receive academic credit, where applicable.