Homelessness Prevention and Legal Services


Malden with Travel


Jayna Stafford



About Us

At Housing Families, we are working to achieve housing equity and wellbeing for all. We partner with communities, families, and individuals to ensure housing stability by offering tailored services including temporary and permanent housing, food assistance, counseling and therapy, legal services, and youth programs.

With Housing Families’ continued growth, we now offer services in Malden, Everett, Revere, Chelsea, and Medford, where, since our inception in 1986, we’ve strengthened housing security for over 2,400 families and individuals.

We are looking for those who share in this vision and for skilled, compassionate individuals who share in our agency values of Respect, Caring, Integrity, Growth, and Team Work:

  • Respect – We treat people with dignity.
  • Caring – We show compassion and act thoughtfully.
  • Integrity – We adhere to high standards.
  • Growth – We foster innovation and continuous development.
  • Team Work – We collaborate and celebrate.

Role Purpose & Responsibilities


The attorney should have an understanding of low-income populations, knowledge of relevant human services programs, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to prepare statistical reports on various aspects of program-related activity, and ability to collect and distribute information to staff members.


  • Maintains a substantial client caseload as determined by funding sources and the Coordinating Attorney
  • Stays current on laws and regulations applicable to the position
  • Writes in a clear, concise manner
  • Assists paralegal in assessment and intervention with clients
  • Helps develop and maintain contact with community resources relevant to client needs
  • Abides by the BBO and Agency confidentiality policies
  • Provides community trainings to tenants, landlords, service providers and volunteer attorneys as requested
  • Participates in legal housing initiatives which currently include Lawyer for The Day and the Everett and Medford Legal Outreach Clinics and will include efforts in Chelsea and Revere
  • Participates in and making him/herself available for other projects as determined by funding sources and the Coordinating Attorney
  • Makes him/herself available to staff and the community for general questions
  • Provides appropriate referrals
  • Covers Pro Bono Legal Services Program cases for other attorneys and paralegal
  • Works closely with the Paralegal, student interns, and volunteers–providing necessary supervision in the Coordinating Attorney’s absence
  • Works in conjunction with other providers as determined appropriate
  • Collects and enters all required client contact and information into files


Eligibility Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate and admission to the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Working knowledge of the impact of trauma and homelessness is preferred
  • Bilingual preferred


  • Compensation/Hours: starting at $70,000/annually for Full-Time/Salaried Role
  • Benefits: Medical, Dental and Retirement Plan
  • Please send a cover letter and resume to: HR@housingfamilies.org
  • Please include “Homelessness Prevention Attorney” in the subject line.