Interim Facility Project Lead

 

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) is seeking a Researcher and Community Organizer to lead the activities of our Interim Facility project. This is a project that identifies strategic opportunities for affordable housing preservation and organizes tenants to have a choice in the future ownership of their buildings.

UHAB empowers low- to moderate-income residents to take control of their housing and enhance communities by creating strong tenant associations and lasting affordable co-ops. Since 1973, UHAB has been helping New Yorkers with limited means become part of their own housing solutions. Our work is guided by core principles self-help, democratic resident control, and low-income housing.

UHAB’s Organizing, Policy, and Research department works with tenants who are at risk of displacement due to predatory behavior from landlords, gentrification, or poor living conditions. UHAB works with tenant leaders to develop resident associations and engage members in fighting for their own housing solutions.

 

The Position

The Interim Facility Project Lead will help identify distressed properties where there is a chance of ownership change (e.g. buildings in private foreclosure). The Project Lead will do outreach to buildings to find tenants interested in organizing towards a tenant-supported purchase model. Additionally, they will help tenants create leverage to negotiate with the current owner or lender, decide what the future ownership of the building should look like and when appropriate bring in preservation purchasers to meet and work with the tenants.

 

Responsibilities     

  • Maintain a database of at-risk buildings, primarily buildings in foreclosure
  • Research opportunities for preservation, including target research for identified buildings, focusing on outstanding private debt or municipal liens
  • Outreach to identify residents interested in working with the Interim Facility Project
  • Train residents in different types of ownership models and help tenants decide which type of ownership is right for their building as well as assist tenants in identifying and meeting with potential preservation partners
  • Collaborate with legal service providers and city agencies to assist tenants in getting emergency repairs and support throughout the process

 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be computer proficient, have excellent research and organizing skills, be personable, flexible, and have

  • a strong commitment to housing and economic justice,
  • prior experience working as a community or labor organizer (preferably within New York City),
  • research and database management skills,
  • an ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and accessible way,
  • strong oral and written communication skills, bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred,
  • a strong sense of self-motivation, creativity, and desire to solve complicated problems, and
  • the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively handle multiple projects at the same time.

Candidates with an interest in alternative affordable housing models (i.e., affordable co-ops) and an interest in supporting UHAB’s work to build a pipeline of low-income co-ops are preferred. Hours include evenings and some weekends.

 

Location

The Interim Facility Project Lead will be based in our offices in Lower Manhattan, but significant time will be spent in the field in buildings across New York City.   
 
 
 

Application

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter with two references to organizingjobs@uhab.org.

 

UHAB is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.