For over 50 years, Legal Aid Chicago has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year our attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Legal Aid Chicago was founded on the philosophy that all individuals are entitled to quality civil legal representation, regardless of their income. We work to ensure that poverty is not an impediment to justice by dismantling the legal barriers that perpetuate inequality. Legal Aid Chicago staff live our mission through our core values of equity, excellence, inclusion, kindness, and respect.
Position: Client Support Services has an opening for a Paralegal (Housing Advocate) who will assist clients and families living with HIV/AIDS to obtain and maintain housing stability. The Paralegal will work in partnership with the Aids Foundation of Chicago. The role includes conducting assessments of clients’ housing needs and providing crisis prevention and intervention services to unstably housed and homeless clients and families. The Paralegal will work closely with the Housing Practice Group attorneys as legal needs arise and provide paralegal support.
- Assess housing needs of community clients/families living with HIV/AIDS
- Provide crisis prevention and intervention services to unstably housed and homeless community clients and families
- Link community clients to housing and support resources
- Advocate for clients with landlords and providers as needed
- Develop strong relationships with private, for profit, and not-for-profit landlords in order to facilitate client placement
- Provide tenancy support such as tenant education and income maintenance options
- Document all client and client-related services
- Coordinate organizations that distribute rental assistance and other funders to secure emergency housing and utility assistance to prevent homelessness;
- Work with Legal Aid Chicago’s attorneys to seek informal resolution of landlord-tenant disputes;
- Actively collaborate with Legal Aid Chicago’s social workers to deliver comprehensive legal services for tenants and assist in the development and maintenance of resource and referral lists;
- Engage community organizations to build awareness of legal rights and Legal Aid Chicago services;
- Collect data and other information and otherwise assist with grant-reporting; and
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor or director.
Salary: Commensurate with experience. Legal Aid Chicago offers a comprehensive benefits package, including low-cost employer-paid health plan options, employer-provided group life and long-term disability insurance, fitness center access, generous paid time off, and much more.
Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Applicants must have excellent oral and written skills. Basic internet and computer skills are required, including familiarity with programs such as MS Word, Outlook, and Excel. Good organizational skills and zealous advocacy are essential. The applicant’s personal background, experience, or professional background should reflect an ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers and the community we serve. Good organizational, information-gathering, and case management skills are essential.
Cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of two professional references are required to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will remain open until filled.
Legal Aid Chicago is firmly committed to creating a diverse workplace and is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age religion, marital or parental status, alienage, disability, political affiliation or belief, military or military discharge status, or ex-offender status. Applicants who have experiences with our client communities are encouraged to apply.