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Tenant Support and Organizing

Short-term Organizer Position Available

Friday, December 4, 2020

Cooper Institute and the PEI Fight for Affordable Housing are seeking a Tenant Network Coordinator for a short-term position, starting in December through to the end of March, 2021.

The Tenant Network Coordinator will implement a project that seeks to improve the well-being, safety, stability and empowerment of tenants facing housing issues during the COVID-19 pandemic and build tenant Networks in Island communities

This position will focus on:

  • Practical and social support for tenants facing challenges
  • Organizing tenant support networks on Prince Edward Island
  • Enhancing tenant safety and well-being through education and access to resources

Duties and Responsibilities

The Tenant Network Coordinator will provide support to Island tenants facing issues related to housing. This includes challenges to obtaining housing and to maintaining housing. This position involves working directly with tenants (by phone, email, in person) to support tenants in understanding their rights and available support.

This includes providing guidance and resources on:

  • Health and safety obligations of landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Tenants’legalrights
  • Options to deal with tenant and housing issues
  • Available community and government support

Through a community-based approach, this position will seek to build tenant Networks on the Island. This could be through:

  • Information sharing and collaboration between tenants
  • Creating opportunities for forming tenant connections
  • Interpersonal Contacts
  • Community advocacy and increased visibility of housing issues

This position requires communicating with all members of our community, often those facing systemic oppression. Respect for and/or understanding of marginalized community members, and the barriers they face, is essential in this work. Understanding confidentiality and a strong use of discretion is required.

What We’re Looking For

  • Commitment tot enants’ rights, housing rights, and access toj ustice
  • Knowledge of anti-poverty, anti-racism, anti-oppression
  • Interest in community building and advocacy
  • Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills
  • Understanding of confidentiality and privacy
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems
  • Interpersonal skills

Application Instructions

We are interested in hearing from ​you​, and welcome applications from all. We encourage applications from people without formal education or work experience.

We would like to learn about your skills, motivations, and personal experience. Applications can include a cover letter, ​or​ any other content that provides insight into your interest in this position. We encourage you to make creative links to your life, activism, and interests through your application.

If you experience barriers to applying, please be in touch—we will work with you to help you in this process.

Deadline​: December 14, 2020 Contact: ​housingpei@gmail.com