Internship Opportunities at HOME Line
Organizing/Policy Advocacy internships
HOME Line’s Tenant Rights Campaign advocates and organizes with low-income renters for public policy that ensures all Minnesotans have safe, quality housing they can afford. HOME Line believes that the federal government should return to an aggressive support of affordable housing initiatives; state government should promote fair rental policy and target its affordable housing investments to housing for extremely low-income households and effective crisis prevention.
HOME Line believes:
Low-income renters should pay no more than 30% of their income for adequate housing. Public resources should be made available so that any renter eligible for housing assistance can receive that assistance in a timely manner.
Low-income renters deserve to live in safe, decent, affordable housing. Publicly-funded affordable housing should be provided the resources it needs to adequately operate and maintain that housing. State and federal fair housing laws must provide low-income tenants appropriate protections in the marketplace.
Tenants deserve fair and equitable treatment in the court system to resolve disputes with landlords.
Assist HOME Line’s Tenant Organizers in:
- Developing communication materials so that low-income renters can understand how a “Minnesota Tenant Bill of Rights” could improve their living situations.
- Providing public policy makers with information about their constituents’ struggles to afford and maintain affordable housing as well as what they can do to address those struggles.
- Connecting low-income tenants and policy-makers through setting up and attending meetings at the Capitol.
- Researching how changes in state and federal affordable housing policy will benefit Minnesota renters.
Gain experience in:
- Grassroots organizing with low-income renters
- Outreach / door knocking / petitioning
- Meeting with policy-makers
- Issue-advocacy campaign strategy
Skills in the following areas are helpful:
- Strong written, verbal and communication skills
- Strong initiative and follow-through
- Willingness to try new things
- Creative problem-solving
Expectations for interning:
- Observe client confidentiality
- Minimum of 10 hour weekly time commitment preferred
- Must have availability during our office hours
- Strong work ethic and reliability
Minnesota renters call our tenant hotline to get free legal advice on their rental housing problems from attorneys and volunteers. In 2014 we took over 15,400 calls from renters. Attorneys and volunteers give legal and practical advice on issues like evictions, security deposits, repairs, leases, bed bugs, and more. Our advice helps Minnesota tenants save money in wrongfully withheld security deposits, fees, and more.
We cannot provide this critical service without your help. Volunteers are what make HOME Line’s hotline a successful and effective program.
While the hotline is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, our volunteers usually spend three-hour shifts answering questions and returning calls.
Experience or ability in the following areas is helpful:
- Some history of leasing an apartment
- Strong interpersonal and communications skills
- Ability to analyze tenant issues through a landlord/tenant law lens, and promptly advise callers with information that is appropriate and accurate for their situation
- Ability to professionally and emotionally manage calls that can sometimes be stressful
- Good judgment and willingness to ask for assistance in advising callers when needed
Expectations for volunteering:
- Have availability for a 3 hour shift during our office hours Mon-Thrs 9-6, Fri 9-3
- Commit to a minimum of 50 volunteer hours
- Individuals fluent in a second language are strongly encouraged to apply. Hmong, Somali, and
- Spanish skills are especially helpful.
1. Submit a resume or work history by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracey Goodrich, Tenant Organizer/Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (612) 728-5770 ext. 108
2. Fill out the online Internship Application Form below
3. Interview with our Volunteer Coordinator
4. If hired, attend a landlord/tenant law training
5. Schedule and get started
Internship Application Form