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Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an energetic Housing Outreach Worker to help low-income Lexington-area residents who are behind in rent or facing eviction apply for rental assistance and get legal help with eviction. 

The Housing Outreach Worker will join our versatile outreach and advocacy team in a collaborative effort with Legal Aid of the Bluegrass and our own immigration law program at Maxell Street Legal Clinic. 

We seek to serve all people facing eviction. We have a strong preference for candidates who are proficient in spoken and written English and Spanish. The goal: to keep Kentuckians safe and housed during the pandemic and beyond.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Housing Outreach Worker will:

  • Develop detailed, up-to-date knowledge of rental assistance programs available in the Blue Grass region including eligibility rules and where and how to apply
  • Conduct community outreach through pandemic-safe channels, including presentations, tabling at community events, distribution of flyers and potential radio appearances
  • Provide limited directed outreach to tenants identified by Legal Aid of the Bluegrass who are facing imminent eviction but have not yet started a rental assistance application
  • Promote and make referrals to periodic Legal Aid of the Bluegrass rental assistance application clinics and other resources
  • Ensure that telephone intake staff at Maxwell Street have up-to-date information for effective referrals when callers have concerns about rent and eviction
  • Meet with people who are being evicted or who are in danger of eviction to assess their needs and provide them with information about housing resources
  • Address barriers that interfere with clients’ ability to effectively participate in saving their housing and conduct activities to connect clients to wrap-around community services
  • Provide hands-on application assistance for a limited number of cases; help identify what works and what doesn’t; and advocate for continuous improvement in application and approval processes
  • Prepare a variety of housing-oriented outreach materials in consultation with our Senior Counsel and Outreach Coordinator, including flyers, webinars, presentations, and blogs
  • Work with our Communications Coordinator to develop and target social media messages that encourage and empower people to get rental assistance and legal help
  • Develop ongoing collaborative relationships with community partners, including the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, with a focus on coordinating outreach
  • Work closely with our Senior Counsel to understand and improve the functionality of our online apps to connect people with rental protections, assistance, and legal help
  • Coordinate and collaborate with KEJC and Legal Aid of the Bluegrass staff through Zoom calls and meetings, including development of a language access plan
  • Enter data in our case management system, keep time records, and assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Director and Resource Organizer in reporting on project cases, activities and outcomes 

Qualifications

  • Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and English is strongly preferred.
  • The successful candidate will also demonstrate:
  • Two years or more relevant education or experience (college graduation preferred)
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, with a focus on clear communication to public audiences
  • Comfort speaking in front of groups
  • Comfort working in a multi-cultural setting, with sensitivity to language and cultural issues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to use office and computer technology, including case management, spreadsheet and word processing software
  • Facility with social media and web-based communications tools
  • Ability to work within a team but also to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities
  • Knowledge of low-income issues
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Location

KEJC’s headquarters is in downtown Lexington. Our immigration law clinic is a few blocks away on Maxwell Street near the University of Kentucky. This position will focus on outreach in Lexington. Remote work currently permitted.

Grant Funded Position with Potential Renewal

The Housing Outreach Worker position is funded through a subgrant from Legal Aid of the Bluegrass of federal funds allocated to the city of Lexington for eviction relief. Over time, sustainability may depend on new sources of support. 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an energetic Housing Outreach Worker to help low-income Lexington-area residents who are behind in rent or facing eviction apply for rental assistance and get legal help with eviction. 

The Housing…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 1, 2021
  • Education
    2-Year Degree Required

Salary

At least USD 34,800Maximum salary depends on experience and available grant funding.

Benefits

Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans. 

Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through…

Level of Language Proficiency

High level proficiency in written and spoken English and Spanish strongly preferred.

High level proficiency in written and spoken English and Spanish strongly preferred.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Lexington, KY
Associated Location
Lexington, KY, USA

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and a list of three references to Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center:

richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “Housing Outreach Worker” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

To apply, please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and a list of three references to Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center:

richseckel@kyequaljustice…

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