Housing Attorney – Group Representation

Communities Resist (CoRe), seeks a housing attorney to join a team combating gentrification, displacement, social disenfranchisement, and structural injustice through affirmative litigation before housing, state, and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. 

The staff attorney will work in collaboration with this extraordinary coalition of  neighborhood organizations and their tenant and community organizers primarily in Brooklyn and/or Queens to preserve and expand affordable housing for lower income residents of those areas—in the face of rapid  tenant displacement throughout their neighborhoods. The work involves representing low-income tenant associations confronting landlords harassing low-income residents and seeking to vacate buildings; individuals and families facing eviction; low-income tenant co-ops seeking to reinforce and sustain themselves; community institutions facing closures or adverse actions due to extraordinary market pressures and neighborhood displacement; low-income tenants in fair housing litigation; as well as community groups involved in struggles against pervasive housing discrimination, neighborhood segregation, and other issues critically affecting the future of their communities.  

The staff attorney will work with organizers to stop such practices by bringing innovative, affirmative litigation to protect tenants’ rights and their homes; defending tenants in eviction proceedings; combating systemic housing discrimination through enforcement actions under fair housing laws; representing tenants in administrative proceedings; and providing advice and legal services to help improve conditions in their homes and buildings. The attorney will also collaborate with organizers from local community-based organizations and coalitions in order to conduct Know Your Rights housing workshops, clinics, and other educational efforts to ensure that tenants are aware of their protections under housing laws. The attorney will also be expected to participate in neighborhood advocacy efforts to stop tenant harassment, displacement, and residential segregation; participate in citywide dialogue around these issues; and contribute to CoRe’s efforts to shape our housing advocacy and legal strategy to effectively respond to the ongoing needs of our communities.  

Applicants must have the following qualifications: 

  • Admission to the bar of the State of New York or eligible for admission. 
  • Civil litigation practice and/or substantially similar experience. Housing litigation experience is preferred but not required. 
  • Cultural competence demonstrated through present or past residence in, or employment at organizations serving, our clients’ communities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and local organizations. 
  • Excellent legal writing, litigation and advocacy skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • Effective communication skills, including the ability to work with people in desperate crisis. 
  • Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high caseload, track case data, and to meet deadlines. 
  • Computer proficiency sufficient to independently review and generate materials relevant to the  position as well as track client information in our database, prepare reports for grantors, attend  meetings, and perform tasks related to the work such as timekeeping and case notes. 
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Korean or any language commonly spoken in Brooklyn and Queens is preferred but not required. 

CoRe is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment  opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status. 

The position is a hybrid position and requires three days in the office.  

Salary will be based on years of relevant experience. The salary pay scale ranges from a minimum of $73,742 to a maximum of $125,612 based on the number of years of experience. Excellent health and other benefits.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, forward a cover letter with your resume to: 

Angela Piguave, CFOO
Communities Resist
E-mail: apiguave@communitiesresist.org 

Please put ‘Housing Attorney’ in the subject line.