Health Starts at Home Project Attorney – MLRI

Job Title: Health Starts at Home (HSAH) Project Attorney

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Boston, MA

MLRI, a nationally-recognized nonprofit statewide poverty law and policy center, seeks a skilled attorney with litigation experience and a background in housing law and homelessness issues to coordinate the legal team of a health-early education-legal project.

About the Opportunity:

MLRI, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Horizons for Homeless Children, with a Health Starts at Home (HSAH) grant from The Boston Foundation (TBF), have partnered to develop an integrated, care-coordinated project (“Mortar Between the Bricks”) to stabilize families with children who are experiencing housing insecurity and/or homelessness. Along with child physical and psychosocial care provided by Children’s Hospital Primary Care at Martha Eliot and Longwood, the Project partners will work together to provide housing stability, child development assessment and access to early education, and wraparound stabilization services and supports to participating low income families. This is a research Project that will be evaluated by Health Resources in Action and the Urban Institute. Legal intervention is a key component of this project. MLRI has partnered with the Lawyer’s Clearinghouse for Affordable Housing and Homelessness and with Boston Children’s Hospital Stuart J. Novick Legal Fellow to provide legal counsel on a range of issues to Boston Children’s Hospital patient-families who will participate in this Project. This is an exciting opportunity for an attorney interested in housing and health policy and research around the social determinants of health.


The HSAH Attorney will coordinate the Project’s legal team and legal advocacy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing housing and Emergency Shelter (EA) legal advice and counsel to Boston Children’s Hospital families, social work and medical staff who work with housing insecure and homeless families;
  • Case investigation; drafting legal documents; representation of clients in court and administrative proceedings;
  • Filing affirmative litigation and appeals when appropriate; referring cases as appropriate to project partners.
  • In addition, the attorney will work with Project partners to develop and provide shelter- and housing-related legal trainings to provider partners, and trainings (e.g., “know your rights”) to empower housing insecure and homeless families.
  • Although the key focus of the position is to help families achieve housing stability or access to shelter, the HSAH Attorney will be cross-substantive in nature;
  • It is expected that he/she and will often work with families, in collaboration with Project legal team partners, on a broad range of legal issues (including, e.g., public benefits).


  • J.D. and licensed to practice law in Massachusetts
  • Minimum 3 years post-law school legal experience, with litigation experience
  • Experience in housing law and policy (e.g., public and subsidized housing issues, landlord tenant issues, eviction defense, foreclosures)
  • Experience or knowledge of issues , services and supports for homeless families in Massachusetts
  • Experience or knowledge working with Massachusetts housing and public benefits programs and agencies that serve low income people is strongly preferred
  • Excellent writing and legal research skills
  • Technology savvy (including ability to work with databases)
  • Ability to identify complex cross-substantive legal issues
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to lead and coordinate a team of partners
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team member, yet independently to execute the responsibilities of the job
  • Commitment to MLRI’s mission to serve low-income and vulnerable populations
  • Bi-lingual (especially Spanish-speaking) is highly desirable