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Housing Program Organizers


Equal Justice Works(EJW) Is a new collaboration of the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS),and the Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC). As part of the collaboration, Legal Aid Justice Center seeks two (2) organizers to work on a two-year housing organizing project. Specifically, the Housing Organizers will involve low-income people in fighting a variety of injustices related to housing instability and involuntary displacement in the Greater Richmond Region, particularly due to eviction. The Organizers will also collaborate with the six (6) Housing Justice Program Attorney Fellows and their host organizations to fight for housing justice in Virginia. 


Responsibilities include: • Engaging in outreach and public education around housing justice issues with affected communities and allies, including leadership development among tenants and other impacted community members • Information gathering regarding housing issues of importance to Richmond communities directly impacted by economic and racial injustice • Identifying and developing leadership among low-income residents and supporting tenant-led groups to win changes in laws and policies affecting housing • Working with a team of housing attorneys at LAJC, CVLAS, and VPLC to develop and win impact campaigns
    Required Qualifications • Strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice • Demonstrated experience working with individuals and/or communities directly impacted by economic and racial injustice • Excellent interpersonal communication skills • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team • Access to reliable transportation, and willingness to travel statewide occasionally and to LAJC’s other offices • Sense of humor
  Preferred Qualifications • Familiarity with many of the challenges facing low-income people living in Richmond • Diverse economic, social, and/or cultural experiences • Experience with organizing or advocacy specifically around housing injustice • Ability to communicate in Spanish or another language is desirable but not required


To Apply: 
Email a cover letter and resume to Brenda Castañeda, Legal Director of LAJC’s Economic Justice Program, at
  • The cover letter should highlight experience in working with low-income individuals and communities, and any experience in organizing for change and reform, particularly on housing issues.
  • The cover letter should also highlight any specialized skills, such as organizing experience, fluency in a second language, or technology skills.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Questions? Contact Brenda Castañeda, Legal Director, at or 434-529-1849.


Submission Deadline: 
June 3, 2019
Organization Information: 
Legal Aid Justice Center Richmond, VA 23219
United States
Phone: 434-977-0553