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Housing Organizer and Policy Advocate

UHAB - Urban Homesteading Assistance Board


Description
UHAB is seeking a Organizer and Policy Advocate to join the Organizing and Policy Department. The Organizing and Policy Department has been on the front lines of some of the most creative affordable housing preservation campaigns in New York City, including the campaign to save 1520 Sedgwick - the Birthplace of Hip Hop. The Organizer will work alongside tenants on innovative campaigns to preserve overleveraged or at risk rent regulated housing. The Organizer will work with tenant associations facing distressed building conditions, severe tenant harassment, and loss of affordability.

The Organizer and Policy Advocate will handle a broad range of responsibilities that include front line organizing work, as well as research into strategic opportunities for long term affordable housing preservation that can be won through tenant organizing campaigns.

Responsibilities:

• Engage and mobilize tenants to improve building conditions and break the cycle of Predatory Equity through building leverage for affordable housing preservation;
• Mobilize tenants for a number of city wide campaigns against Predatory Equity, for stronger affordable housing preservation, and to strengthen tenants’ rights at the local, state, and federal level;
• Work together with UHAB staff to identify strategic opportunities for affordable housing preservation, both through the co-op model and other like-minded, community based housing solutions;
• Work with the media and elected officials to strengthen UHAB’s message;
• Work together with UHAB staff to maintain our social media presence, including Facebook and our blog, The Surreal Estate;
• Work together with other housing groups including local community groups on collaborative coalitions to fight for common goals.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be bi-lingual (English/Spanish), highly organized, have excellent organizing skills, a strong commitment to the housing movement, and an interest in housing policy. Specific qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree (preferred) and several years of experience working as a community or labor organizer (experience in NYC preferred); an ability to communicate complex ideas in an understandable and accessible way; strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work in a fast paced environment and handle multiple projects at once; experience training adults is helpful but not required. Nights and some weekends are required for this position.

Location: The position is based out of our offices in Lower Manhattan. However, as this is an organizing position a significant piece of the work takes place in the field! Much of the building work will be done in Central Brooklyn or the Bronx.

How TO APPLY:
Send a resume and cover letter with two references to jobs@uhab.org. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Organization:
UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board’s mission is to transform renters into homeowners who collectively own and democratically govern housing co-operatives that will remain affordable, in perpetuity, to people of modest means.

Since 1973, UHAB has provided technical assistance, in-class and on-site training, consultation, advocacy, development and sponsorship to affordable co-operatives throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Central to UHAB’s work is the belief in resident controlled affordable housing. As the housing crisis has shifted in New York, UHAB’s work has grown support the development of strong tenant associations. UHAB engages residents in decision making about their homes in all types of affordable housing: from democratically controlled and self-reliant cooperatives, to tenant associations working to assert their collective vision of how they want their homes to look and feel. These tenant associations work alongside UHAB to address building level issues, preserve affordable housing, and fight for progressive policy change through collective action.


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