Housing Specialist – Full Time (Split time between Westside and Central)
Compensation: Depending On Experience
Employment type: Full-Time
Work with individuals, including homeless, substance abusers and those with mental health issues in areas of housing stabilization, placement and retention.
Summary of Essential Job Functions
- Develop and maintain working relationships with Landlords, Property Managers, community housing resources and maintain a list of available housing options.
- Place program participants into permanent housing, coordinate eviction prevention services, review and append individualized housing stability plan as needed.
- Maintain a working understanding of the readjustment problems of veterans, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, alcohol and drug dependency and other mental health issues.
- Adhere to laws regarding confidentiality and reporting requirements; maintain knowledge of current HIPAA certification standards.
- Maintain timely and appropriate documentation, including progress notes, group notes, housing stability plans, aftercare plans and discharge summaries.
- Keep abreast of local housing resources and the client referral process.
- Maintain case management functions, e.g., record keeping, client services.
- Input HMIS/Case worthy data and record management.
- Participate in weekly client case conference meetings, weekly supervision with the Program Manager and other meetings as required or necessary to carry out the job functions.
- Perform other related duties as required by the Program Manager and/or Director of Supportive Service.
Minimum Educational Requirements
- Bachelors degree in behavioral sciences; related experience may be substituted.
- Minimum three (3) years experience working with “hard to serve” individuals, including homeless, substance abusers and those with mental health issues in areas of housing stabilization, placement and retention.
- Knowledge of local area housing resources.
- Understanding and basic knowledge of mental health symptoms and diagnoses, psychosocial stressors, chemical dependency issues.
- Crisis intervention, de-escalation and conflict resolution skills.
- Excellent written and communication skills.
- Ability to be work both independently as well as a team member.
- Basic computer proficiency to include Microsoft Office applications and email.
- Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population.
- Paid Time Off (PTO)
- Paid Holidays
- Health Insurance
- 403 (b) Thrift savings plan
- Group Life Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program