HOUSING JUSTICE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

In 2018 Housing Justice League is developing and launching a new community leadership program as a way of supporting the leadership development and education of residents right here in our neighborhoods. We are now accepting applications. See below to apply.

Housing Justice League believes that in order to challenge and change injustice in our society, we must build political power and control in the communities directly impacted by those injustices.

We also understand that many people in our neighborhoods struggle with limited economic resources and educational opportunities. The goal of the internship is to help residents learn valuable skills in community organizing with the benefits of some financial support.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: An internship for community members living in NPU-V to learn about community organizing and participate in HJL’s different areas of work including:

  • Tenants associations - Tasks may include canvassing for tenant association meetings and HJL mass meetings, creating a database for tenant associations, helping manage events to connect new and existing tenants associations.

  • BeltLine for All Campaign - Tasks may include sharing event information with neighborhood residents, going to neighborhood meetings and signing people up for events, phone banking, canvassing, distributing campaign literature.

  • Community outreach - Tasks will include getting people out to HJL mass meetings, connecting with other community stakeholders (Emmaus House, the study hall, CDCs), talking about resources HJL can provide for residents, creating a database of other organizations’ services and people we can direct members to in times of need.

TOPICS CONSIDERED: Interns will meet weekly with HJL leaders for guidance in their work and opportunities to discuss and learn about topics including:

  • Community organizing and the history of organizing in Atlanta

  • Housing Justice League’s understanding of gentrification

  • History of affordable housing within Atlanta

  • A national look at trends in affordable housing

  • Exploration of our work in challenging systems of oppression (race, class, and gender, and others)

DURATION: 10 weeks

TIME COMMITMENT: 4-10 hours per week depending on the applicants’ availability, some evening and weekend hours

COMPENSATION: Monthly stipend. There are no medical, dental, or life insurance benefits, short-term or long-term insurance benefits with this position.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Desire to learn about housing issues and their effects on Southside communities
  2. Lives or grew up in NPU-V
  3. Desire to work with community members to make positive change
  4. Good listening and interpersonal skills
  5. Understanding of and commitment to the principles and concerns of Housing Justice League reflected in our Code of Conduct. Housing Justice League believes housing is a human right regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, age, economic background, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or immigration status.

The internship will begin in late February. We will communicate the official start date with our applicants. 

If you have any questions, please speak with Alison Johnson. Email: ajohnson@peoplestown.org   

Please fill out the following application to apply. You should copy and paste the questions into a Word of Google document and email to housingjusticeleagueatl@gmail.com by Monday February 19. You can expect to hear from someone at HJL within a week after your submission.

Name (first, last):

Email:

Phone:

Are you a resident of or do you work in Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Adair Park, or Pittsburgh?

If so, how long have you lived or worked in these communities?

Please answer each of the following questions in a few sentences:

  1. How did you hear about Housing Justice League? How did you hear about this position?
  2. What is your previous working experience? How will this experience help you in working with Housing Justice League? What will you bring to this work?
  3. Tell us a bit about yourself! Have you worked in the community before? What are some of the challenges you have faced in this work? What aspects of this work have you enjoyed?
  4. What do you hope to gain from working with us?
  5. What tasks or topics listed above are you most interested in and why?
  6. What do you understand to be the causes of the challenges faced by Southside communities?
  7. How will this work experience help your community?
  8. How many hours are you able to work/week? What does your availability look like? Please include days of the week and time of day.