FHJC is a non-profit civil rights organization that serves New York City and the seven suburban New York counties of Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester. Our mission is to: 1) challenge and eliminate housing discrimination; 2) to promote policies that foster open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and, 3) to strengthen the enforcement of local, state, and federal fair housing laws.
FHJC is currently hiring for two positions.
The Intake Analyst is responsible for providing direct assistance to individuals who wish to file complaints which allege violations of local, state, or federal fair housing and fair lending laws. The Intake Analyst collects and assembles information regarding alleged housing discrimination complaints, provides counseling on fair housing rights, and makes appropriate referrals to cooperating attorneys and/or administrative enforcement agencies. This is a part-time position (28 hours per week) that will include health insurance benefits. See full job description here.
The Investigative Coordinator is responsible for conducting tester training, coordinating fair housing and fair lending testing investigations, preserving and controlling evidence, and providing testimony regarding investigations. This is a full-time position that will include health insurance benefits. See full job description here.
Housing Court Answers seeks a Spanish speaking, part-time assistant for its Rental Arrears Hotline. HCA, an independent nonprofit, provides information to unrepresented people in Housing Court from information tables in all five boroughs and a hotline.
The Hotline and Housing Assistant’s responsibilities include providing information about Housing Court and court procedures, referrals for legal assistance, rental arrears help, and social services or organizing. Ability to speak and write English and Spanish is necessary. The salary is currently $24,342 with benefits including single health coverage, subject to ongoing collective bargaining process. The position is 23 hours per week including three full days from 9-5. The hotline is run from our main office in lower Manhattan. The assistant will also work in the courts as needed.
Email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with Hotline Coordinator in the subject line.
- Answer calls on our busy hotline
- Provide rent arrears and eviction prevention referrals
- Explain public benefits qualifications, application process, and maintenance
- Answer questions about Housing Court, housing laws, and tenants rights and responsibilities
- Explain housing court procedures for tenants and landlords
- Update a resource list of organizations including charities, community groups, non-profit housing organizations, legal service providers and others.
- Identify systemic issues which might be addressed through advocacy or litigation
- Develop and update information sheets and training materials on public benefits and getting assistance from charities and HRA
- Educate coworkers on hotline protocols
- Prepare and present trainings for advocates on eviction prevention, public benefits and Housing Court issues
- Assist on advocacy campaigns aimed at improving the lives of hotline callers and people in Housing Court without attorneys
- Assist on lobbying campaigns
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
- Commitment to social justice
- Ability to work with the public in a stressful and/or chaotic setting
- Knowledge of housing, tenants’ rights, and rent regulation
- Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish
- Strong computer skills especially google drive, microsoft office including publisher and access
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Experience with Housing Court, housing laws, and public benefits
- We will only consider applicants that speak Spanish
With pledges and rhetoric from city officials circulating about better integrating communities into the planning process, some questions remain: what does a community planning process entail? And, given the current state of New York City politics, is it reasonable for communities to expect rhetoric to translate into a truly inclusive process?
Last week, City & State ran an article examining these questions and more. The article features perspectives from respected planners and academics in the city, including Eve Baron, Academic Program Manager for the Urban Studies Program here at Murphy. From the article:
Eve Baron, an expert in community development, advises taking a wait-and-see approach to the new administration. But she notes that a salient feature of a true community-based plan is that it’s “first and foremost one that originates in the community. Not government meeting the community, but the community reaching out,” she said.
For the full article, visit City & State.
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