Educate tenants, partner agencies and community organizations about asthma triggers, integrated pest management (IPM), lead poisoning; lead safe work practices and tenants rights. Works directly with tenants to get rid of asthma triggers, lead hazards and ensure that they are not retaliated against. The organizer will answer the hotline calls. The person will encourage collective tenant actions in buildings in the City. The person will reach out to organization to promote MTO and it policy agenda.
Healthy Homes Organizing
Engage and educate parents residing in older buildings of the dangers of lead hazards as well as other health hazards such as asthma triggers through direct counseling and workshops.
Perform follow-up phone calls to households with children under 2 or with pregnant women (8/week), calls from hotline, workshops and other outreach effort as calls are available.
Field provider generated phone calls regarding healthy homes and renters rights.
Inspect homes for lead hazards and asthma triggers for severely asthmatic children and tenants housing rights (6-10/month),
Teach tenants how to document hazards and inform landlord using Squared Away and other written documentation methods.
Encourage household with known lead hazards to contact City to request a lead inspection and to get children tested for lead.
Manage MTO’s relationship with SUHI, CDPH, EPA and other grant partners to ensure grant requirements are fulfilled. Represent MTO at appropriate healthy homes related meetings.
Win concrete victories for tenants
Identify tenants to participate in MTO campaign including meeting with aldermen and attending campaign meetings.(2 participants per year)
Write and submit stories or photos for MTO social media (monthly) on average and includes event announcements.
Recruit and retain new volunteers 6 from healthy homes work
Oversee the maintenance of thorough records including use of squared away app.
Research and coordinate healthy homes training curriculum and outreach materials. Facilitate train the trainer curriculum for Community Health Workers.
Coordinate MTO’s Healthy Homes Organizing Campaigns
Coordinate CHHIP meetings – set agendas and reach out to organizations and tenants, perform follow-up tasks.
Work with MTO Communications team to promote CHHIP and to recruit tenants into the campaign.
Meet with community organizations to inform organizations about CHHIP, get endorsements and recruit organizations to participate in the coalition.
General MTO Expectations
Mobilize tenants to MTO events
Participate in staff meeting including facilitating meetings and note taking
Prepare reports as needed
Answer hotline 2 hours/ week and enter calls into Squared Away
Meet individual staff fundraising requirements.
Other duties as assigned which support the overall mission of MTO such as assisting in the planning of annual events, campaigns, open house events, etc.
Facilitate healthy homes, RLTO workshops in the community.
Knowledge of Chicago’s social, political and housing issues including lead poisoning, lead laws, asthma, and other home based health issues.
Experience working with community residents and 3-5 years direct organizing experience, preferably in housing or health issues.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently as well as in teams.
Must have experience, ability, and desire to work with racially and culturally diverse communities.
Must have strong organizational skills and an ability to work days and some evenings and weekends.
Have excellent communications skills both public speaking and written.
Have a valid driver’s license and car.
Send Resume and Cover Letter to Anita Lewis – firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Tenants Organization, 1727 S. Indiana G3, Chicago, IL 60616
About Metropolitan Tenants Organization
The mission of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) is to educate, organize and empower tenants to have a voice in the decisions that affect the affordability and availability of safe, decent and accessible housing. Housing impacts a family’s health, access to work, and children’s education. Rental
housing plays the major role in filling this important need, especially for Chicagoland’s low- and moderate-income residents. MTO works to educate tenants about their rights under the law and the housing remedies available to them.
Metropolitan Tenants Organization works on its mission through three primary programs:
Tenants Rights Hotline: MTO’s hotline provides renters with the resources and information they need to protect their housing rights.
Affordable Housing Preservation Program (AHPP): The vision behind the AHPP program is to organize people to work collectively to improve their home environment.
Healthy Homes Program (HHP): Works to educate renters about home-based health hazards such as lead based paint, mold, and pests can negatively impact your health and that of your family.