Health Starts at Home Project Attorney
MLRI seeks a skilled attorney with litigation experience and a background in housing law and family homelessness issues to coordinate the legal team of a health-early education-legal project.
About the Opportunity: MLRI, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Horizons for Homeless Children, with a Health Starts at Home (HSAH) grant from The Boston Foundation (TBF), have partnered to develop an integrated, care-coordinated project (“Mortar Between the Bricks”) to stabilize families with children who are experiencing housing insecurity and/or homelessness. Along with child physical and psychosocial care provided by Children’s Hospital Primary Care at Martha Eliot and Longwood, the Project partners will work together to provide housing stability, child development assessment and access to early education, and wraparound stabilization services and supports to participating low income families. This is a research Project that will be evaluated by Health Resources in Action and the Urban Institute. Legal intervention is a key component of this project. MLRI has partnered with the Lawyer’s Clearinghouse for Affordable Housing and Homelessness and with Boston Children’s Hospital Stuart J. Novick Legal Fellow to provide legal counsel on a range of issues to Boston Children’s Hospital patient-families who will participate in this Project. This is an exciting opportunity for an attorney interested in housing and health policy and research around the social determinants of health.
Key Responsibilities: The HSAH Attorney will coordinate the Project’s legal team and legal advocacy. Responsibilities include providing housing and Emergency Shelter (EA) legal advice and counsel to Boston Children’s Hospital families, social work and medical staff who work with housing insecure and homeless families; case investigation; drafting legal documents; representation of clients in court and administrative proceedings; filing affirmative litigation and appeals when appropriate; referring cases as appropriate to project partners. In addition, the attorney will work with Project partners to develop and provide shelter- and housing-related legal trainings to provider partners, and trainings (e.g., “know your rights”) to empower housing insecure and homeless families. Although the key focus of the position is to help families achieve housing stability or access to shelter, the HSAH Attorney will be cross-substantive in nature; it is expected that he/she and will often work with families, in collaboration with Project legal team partners, on a broad range of legal issues (including, e.g., public benefits).
Please see the Position Description for candidate qualifications and additional information.
Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a brief writing sample to Georgia Katsoulomitis, Executive Director, via email at: HSAHAtty@mlri.org (no phone calls please).
Qualified candidates should submit applications as early as possible.
Application Deadline: FRIDAY, October 14, 2016
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. MLRI strives for racial and ethnic diversity because it is critical to achieving MLRI's mission and to operating in a way that is consistent with MLRI's organizational values Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.