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Posted by: Margaret Wood - 3/11/2019
Job Expires: 3/25/2019
Housing/Rural STEHP Staff Attorney - Amsterdam, NY Office


Housing/Rural STEHP Staff Attorney - Amsterdam, NY Office


Position -- The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York has a part Housing/Rural Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP) (75%), part Senior Legal Services (25%) position open in the Amsterdam office. The attorney will work to provide assistance for individuals and families to remain in or obtain permanent housing as well as assistance with obtaining supportive services during the eviction process, in addition to assisting Fulton County Seniors with general legal matters. 


Responsibilities - STEHP duties include providing legal assistance to families who are at imminent risk of homelessness with landlord tenant issues and public benefits.  This includes conducting client interviews and assessments; advocating for the client's access to services and government benefit programs (such as public benefits and child care); conducting home visits and apartment inspections; engaging, recruiting, and maintaining a panel of landlords and a listing of available housing; matching families with housing opportunities; assisting the client in applying for, finding and retaining suitable housing and spotting and resolving legal issues related to housing stability and income.  Senior Legal Services duties include doing outreach, community legal education, advice, brief service, and legal representation to elders living in Fulton County.  Case work for representation to elders will include consumer issues, wills and estates, housing, Social Security Disability, public benefits, including administrative hearings and issues involving elder abuse, grandparents' rights, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, nursing homes, EPIC, and guardianship. Responsibilities include off site intake and monthly demographic and outcome reporting.


Qualifications - Two to seven years prior legal experience. Admitted to the New York State Bar. Must be committed to ending homelessness, advocating for homeless families and serving the low-income community.  Must be compassionate, intelligent, hardworking, careful, reliable, and resourceful, have good judgment, attention to detail and demonstrate sensitivity to the challenges facing low-income and homeless families.  Must be able to pragmatically solve problems, spot and resolve legal issues, and work well with adversaries, LAS staff and attorneys and others in the community.  Must be able to work well as part of a team.  Must have a clean and valid NYS driver's license and vehicle.  Good computer and administrative skills. 


Salary:       $46,307 to $59,700 depending upon experience.  Excellent fringe benefits.


Deadline:            March 25, 2019, COB


Any applications that do not have a cover letter, resume and writing sample will not be considered.


To apply, please go to OR


     1) Complete the Application linked here, or the mobile-friendly application linked here


     2) Complete the Demographic Survey linked here


We are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, the elderly, LGBTQ persons, Protected Veterans and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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