Public Policy Internship

National Housing Trust
Washington, DC
Mar 14, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
Full Time

The National Housing Trust (NHT) revitalizes and maintains the affordability of homes to better the quality of life for those who live there. We are the only national nonprofit engaged in affordable housing preservation through real estate development, lending, and public policy initiatives. We believe safeguarding existing affordable homes is the essential first step in solving our nation's housing dilemma. We work with our partners to preserve and improve affordable housing by:
 Shaping policy implementation to protect existing housing resources;
 Documenting successful, cost effective, and replicable affordable housing preservation solutions on the state and local levels;
 Acquiring and renovating "at risk" affordable homes;
 Lending to entities seeking to preserve existing affordable homes and make them more energy efficient; and
 Providing research and analysis on our nation's at-risk affordable homes.

We work on a broad array of issues as we safeguard and preserve affordable homes, including community revitalization, energy efficiency, renewable energy, transit-oriented development, and smart growth development.
NHT has an immediate opening for a full- or part-time paid policy intern with excellent organizational, research, and writing skills to assist the public policy team. Our intern will work on a variety of research and writing projects, including but not limited to:
 Reading draft Qualified Allocation Plans (an annual plan prepared by state housing finance agencies that establishes the criteria by which it will allocate Low Income Housing Tax Credit) paying special attention to incentives related to: preservation, green building, sustainable communities, transit, rural housing, opportunity housing, community revitalization, cost containment measures, and senior housing;
 Updating our database of state & local affordable housing preservation policies, PrezCat;
 Developing and submitting relevant comments during public comment periods to state housing finance agencies.

Our intern must be dependable, flexible, independent and able to multi-task. He or she should be proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products and have excellent communication skills. Commitment to policies affecting low-income people as well as a good sense of humor are required. The hours of the position are flexible, depending on the availability of the intern. NHT will pay a small stipend and cooperate with any academic or training programs to facilitate an award of credit for the experience.

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