Housing Paralegal

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



123 William Street
16th Floor
New York
United States


Housing Paralegal/Case Manager Position

Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center

The Safety Net Project (SNP) of the Urban Justice Center is seeking a paralegal to support SNP’s attorneys and other staff members to ensure that New York City’s most vulnerable individuals and families have access to the resources necessary to live with dignity and respect.

About the Safety Net Project:

The Safety Net Project works to ensure that New York City’s low-income communities have access to safe and secure housing and fundamental resources like food and cash assistance. SNP combines direct legal services, new media advocacy, and community organizing to strengthen safety net programs proven to reduce poverty and homelessness. For more on SNP, go to https://snp.urbanjustice.org/


  • Communicating with clients by phone and through written correspondence, creating and maintaining client files, following up with client referrals, scheduling client appointments, and conducting client intake;
  • Translating documents into Spanish and providing Spanish interpretation between SNP’s staff and clients during appointments, clinics, workshops and at court appearances when necessary;
  • Assisting legal staff at tenant meetings, legal clinics and workshops by helping clients fill out intake forms, sign-in sheets and other case- and funding-related materials;
  • Advocating for clients with various New York City agencies including the Human Resource Administration (HRA), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Section 8, charities, and other government agencies by drafting letters, making calls, and in-person when necessary;
  • Draft advocacy letters and assist clients to obtain leases and other important documentation they need for their cases; 
  • Performing administrative support tasks including preparing retainers, filing court papers, serving legal documents, reviewing materials , and drafting legal documents;
  • Providing additional administrative support for SNP’s housing team by assisting on ad hoc projects.
  • Developing partnerships around cases, clinics and workshops with local community groups;
  • Performing legal service and administrative support tasks including filing court papers, serving legal documents, document review, and legal research;
  • Occasionally assisting community groups with outreach to public housing and rent-regulated tenants in need of legal services.
  • Other duties as assigned.


·        Though no specific knowledge of NYC housing law is required, experience with tenants’ rights or the ability to learn quickly are important;

·        Spanish language skills are required;

·        Highly organized and detail oriented;

·        Ability to juggle multiple tasks at once;

  • Knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, google spreadsheets, and excel;

·        Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends for tenant meetings and clinics

·        Strong writing and communication skills;

·        Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse populations;

  • Ability to work independently at satellite office locations;

·        Interest in, experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to grassroots efforts working towards social justice;

·        A commitment of 2+ years is requested due to the steep learning curve of this position;

·        Must be a team player and a proactive go-getter.


Salary and compensation: A competitive salary and excellent benefits package is available, including generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with strong medical and dental coverage. 

The Safety Net Project is an equal opportunity employer. SNP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.

This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish language skills are required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to SNPhiring@urbanjustice.org, Attn: Scott Wagner. The subject line of the email must include: “Housing Paralegal.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and must be received by August 3, 2018