Housing Justice Project Welcomes Intern Jordan Taren

Jordan Taren is one of the new summer legal interns with the King County Bar Association’s, Pro Bono Services, Housing Justice Project. In 2008, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon with a major in political science. Jordan is currently enrolled at Seattle University School of Law where he is an active member of the National Lawyers Guild student organization. He recently completed his 1L year.

Jordan believes that the freedom to have equal access to housing is a fundamental right that should be preserved at all costs. He understands that a person’s housing situation directly impacts all aspects of their life including safety and security, employment as well as educational opportunities. For these reasons, it is essential to ensure equal access to housing to all members of society, especially those most vulnerable to homelessness. This is why Jordan is eager to be assisting the Housing Justice Project this summer as a legal intern.

Jordan grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago renowned for its community openness, and racial and economic diversity. His legal interests include working with issues of social justice, and representation of members of our most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Fair housing issues have always been important to Jordan. He began volunteering at different fair housing organizations in Chicago while in high school, and during college held an internship with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in their Fair
Housing and Equal Opportunity Office. After graduating from college, Jordan returned to Chicago where he worked as a fair housing tester, exposing discriminatory practices by housing providers all over the Chicagoland area.

After spending a year abroad with his wife teaching English in France, Jordan returned to Chicago and took at position as the Director of Compliance at HOPE Fair Housing Center – the oldest and one of the largest fair housing centers in Illinois – where he was in charge of all fair housing investigations, as well as filing complaints of discrimination with HUD and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.  Additionally, Jordan was an organizational liaison to the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance – a consortium of advocacy groups working to promote equal access to housing – and served on the group’s marketing committee.

In his free time, Jordan enjoys outdoor activities, volunteering, and getting to know his new home of Seattle by exploring neighborhoods and communities around the city and the surrounding area. Also, he serves on the Board of Directors for Lucy’s Children’s Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable fund helping disadvantaged children world-wide.

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