MTO Healthy Homes Organizer – Job Description——————————————————————————————————————————————–
METROPOLITAN TENANTS ORGANIZATION (MTO)
MTO is currently accepting applications for the following positions:
Healthy Homes Organizer
- MTO is seeking an organizer with a vision for justice in the Chicago metropolitan area to serve Chicago area tenants.
- The Organizer will educate tenants, tenant associations, partner agencies, and community organizations about childhood lead poisoning and other healthy homes issues such as asthma triggers, integrated pest management (IPM), lead safe work practices and tenants’ rights.
- The organizer will work directly with tenants to safely get rid of lead hazards and other hazards. The organizer will protect tenants from landlord retaliation. The organizer will answer hotline calls and encourage collective tenant actions in buildings in the City.
- The organizer will reach out to organizations and other entities to promote MTO and its policy agenda.
Directly assist tenants with children under the age of 2 to identify and document lead hazards.
Conduct phone calls, texts or emails with families that meet program qualifications
Conduct healthy home inspections to 50 households (virtual or in person);
Document potential lead hazards. Take pictures of repair issues and health hazards in apartment units. Assist tenants with contacting landlords and city agencies. Engage residents in addressing hazards, providing advice on their existing rights;
Educate household with known lead or other environmental hazards to contact City to request an inspection and to get children tested for lead. Educate them about steps they can take to remediate the problem;
Successfully secure victories; remediate health hazards in 30 units;
Set up and organize meetings between tenants and decision makers;(Owners, Alderman, City Officials)
Identify and develop leaders to be successful organizers including strengthening skills speaking with the media, facilitating meetings, meeting aldermen, etc.
Research and coordinate healthy homes training curriculum and outreach materials. Facilitate train the trainer curriculum for Community Health Workers
- Continue building network of hospitals and health care networks to train CHWs and medical professionals on healthy homes;
- Conduct community workshops (virtual and in potentially in person) on 7 principles of healthy homes, how to identify home-based health hazards and need for Proactive Inspections
General MTO Expectations
- Mobilize tenants to MTO events
- Support MTO advocacy campaigns
- Manage MTO’s current relationship with Community Organizations and do outreach to new organizations to form partnerships
- Write and submit stories or photos for MTO social media (monthly) on average and includes event announcements
- Recruit and retain new volunteers from healthy homes work
- Participate in staff meeting including facilitating meetings and note taking
- Prepare reports as needed
- Answer hotline up to 4 hours/ week and enter calls into Squared Away
- Meet individual staff fundraising requirements.
- Other duties as assigned which support the overall mission of MTO such as assisting in the planning of annual events, campaigns, open house events, etc.
- Facilitate healthy homes, RLTO workshops online or possibly in the community.
- Knowledge of Chicago’s social, political and housing issues including lead poisoning, lead laws, asthma, and other home based health issues.
- Experience working with community residents and 3-5 years direct organizing experience, preferably in housing or health issues.
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently as well as to work collaboratively in teams.
- Must have an AA degree, BA preferable
- Must have experience, ability, and desire to work with racially and culturally diverse communities.
- Must have strong organizational skills and an ability to work days and some evenings and weekends.
- Have excellent communications skills both public speaking and written. Bilingual a plus
- Must have a valid driver’s license and car.
To apply, please email your resume, with the subject line “Healthy Homes Organizer” to
METROPOLITAN TENANTS ORGANIZATION (MTO)
MTO is currently accepting applications for the following position:
Community Liaison Intern
- Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) is seeking motivated, social-justice minded individuals to join our Eviction Prevention team as a Community Liaison! The Eviction Prevention Program’s Community Liaison is a stipend internship funded by a six-month grant from the Access to Justice (A2J) program.
- MTO’s Eviction Prevention Program helps tenants who are at risk of eviction, displacement, and homelessness by providing tenants with the tools and resources they need to stay in their homes.
- The Community Liaison will be responsible for promoting EPP in a specific neighborhood area, connecting with tenants who are at risk of eviction, and helping organize turnout for Eviction Defense and Fair Housing trainings. They will work directly with the Eviction Prevention Specialist and the Eviction Prevention Field Organizer.
- The Community Liaison will work approximately 10 hours per week. The hours are flexible. Individuals must have access to the internet, and be able to come to MTO’s office at least once a month.
- Attend Fair Housing/Eviction Prevention Training @ MTO before beginning outreach.
- Outreach and engage community-based social service agencies and community organizations to set up Eviction Defense and Fair Housing Trainings.
- Canvass specific neighborhoods to distribute program information and recruit tenants to attend Trainings.
- Assist with set-up, sign-in, and other tasks as needed at Trainings.
- Refer tenants who are at risk of eviction directly to Eviction Prevention Program.
- Experience in community organizing or social services preferred.
- Must be personable, professional, and comfortable speaking to people in public.
- Personal connections with social service agencies, community organizations or legal service providers in your neighborhood is a plus.
To apply, please email your resume, with the subject line “Community Liaison” to
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