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Housing Justice Program

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Evictions have a disproportionate effect on communities of color, women, and children. Without access to safe and stable housing, individuals and families can face a variety of negative outcomes, including long-lasting and devastating economic hardships and health problems.

The Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program is currently mobilizing a cohort of Fellows, lawyers, and organizers, to serve low-income individuals residing in Virginia, South Carolina, and Maryland who are currently, or at risk of, experiencing housing instability and involuntary displacement, particularly due to eviction. 

The Housing Justice Program is the only Equal Justice Works Fellowship program that employs both lawyers and organizers. Fellows are hosted at legal aid and grassroots organizations in areas where evictions and housing instability have reached epidemic proportions. During a two-year term, Fellows work collaboratively to provide legal advice, referrals, and full representation for tenants in eviction proceedings; engage in outreach and education activities; and work with community partners to address systematic barriers that contribute to housing instability. 

In addition to the training and mentorship that Fellows receive from their host organization, the Housing Justice Program provides a range of wraparound trainings and technical assistance throughout the Fellowship term. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Kick-off training event to build expertise and community among Fellows 
  • Equal Justice Works annual three-day Leadership Development Training which is attended by ~300 current Fellows each year. The conference will be virtual in 2022 and in-person in 2023 in Washington, D.C. 
  • Responsive training and technical assistance from local and national partners.
  • Regular substantive and skills-based webinars, conferences, and networking opportunities throughout the Fellowship
  • Learning event at the conclusion of the program 

Fellows will also have opportunities to learn from successful collaborative legal models in other states that are working to provide counsel for individuals facing eviction and reducing systemic barriers. 

The application is open now! Currently, available Fellowship opportunities are listed below under the hiring host organization—all candidates must apply directly to the host organization of their choice. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with a start date in August or September 2022. 

Qualifications are set by each host organization but typically include: 

  • Licensed to practice law, if applying for a legal Fellowship. Organizer Fellows are NOT required to be lawyers.
    • If applying to the Housing Justice Program Fellowship in South Carolina, it is not required to have passed the bar—those awaiting bar acceptance are also encouraged to apply.
  • Commitment to social justice 
  • Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills 
  • Strong oral and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a team member 
  • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments

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The Housing Justice Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of The JPB Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Abell Foundation, and Maryland Legal Services Corporation. 

To join our mailing list and receive updates on Fellowship opportunities in the Housing Justice Program please email [email protected] 

Now Accepting Applications

We are currently accepting applications for Fellow positions in South Carolina and Maryland. All candidates must apply directly to the host organization of their choice.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with a start date in August or September 2022.

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Program Host Organizations

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Maryland Legal Aid

MARYLAND / Baltimore
MARYLAND / Towson
MARYLAND / Landover

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program

CASA, inc.

MARYLAND / Silver Spring

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program

South Carolina Legal Services

SOUTH CAROLINA / Columbia

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Housing Justice Program

SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center

SOUTH CAROLINA / Columbia

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Housing Justice Program

Disability Rights Maryland

MARYLAND / Baltimore

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Housing Justice Program

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