Social Worker (HUD-VASH )
Supportive Housing Services | San Francisco, CA | Full Time
Social Worker Job Description
Founded in 2004, Brilliant Corners provides innovative housing and housing-related services to California’s most vulnerable individuals, with an emphasis on those transitioning from, or at risk of, homelessness or institutionalization. We develop, own and manage multi-family supportive housing and licensed residential care homes, and implement a broad array of scattered-site, one-on-one supportive housing, and clinical case-management programs through partnerships with developmental services, homeless services, Veterans’ services and health care sectors.
In short, we do good work.
We have offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, currently have 130 staff and are growing daily. We’re looking for inspired, talented people who want to be part of a team that’s affecting profound change and is having fun doing it.
The Social Worker will manage a caseload of 30-35 Veterans, with a history of chronic homelessness, participating in the HUD-VASH program. The HUD-VASH program enables Veterans to secure housing by providing access to HUD Section 8 vouchers. The Social Worker will assist the Veteran in securing housing and then be responsible for following their case to ensure housing retention. The Social Worker will also develop a treatment plan and support the Veteran in completing the objectives toward their goals.
1. Providing outreach services to engage Veterans, especially those who are in the following groups: chronically homeless, those with families, women, with disabilities, and those who served in the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and the Operation New Dawn (OND) eras.
2. Verifying Veteran status, eligibility for VA medical care, and clinical need for program participation.
3. Screening and brief assessment to ensure appropriateness for placement into the program.
4. Assessing Veterans through comprehensive psychosocial evaluations to determine case-management needs and recovery goals.
5. Providing access to appropriate treatment and wrap-around services for HUD-VASH program participants. NOTE: This can be done individually or in groups.
6. Employing Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction approaches to promote Veteran follow-through with referrals for: preventive care and treatment of medical conditions, substance use and dependence, other mental health conditions, and problematic health behaviors (e.g., problematic substance use, tobacco use, unsafe sexual practices).
7. Helping Veterans obtain the HUD-VASH voucher subsidy from PHA (Public Housing Authority).
8. Providing housing search assistance to HUD-VASH participants with rental vouchers.
9. Conducting regularly scheduled home visits to assess Veterans housing stability, social connection and recovery, and acting as a liaison with other VA and community resources, landlords, and PHA. Regular re-assessment and revision of treatment plans are done as needed.
10. Ensuring coverage of caseload during absences.
11. Reviewing agreements between Section 8 HCV landlords, PHAs, and VA in establishing appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements.
12. Performing site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes.
13. Meeting regularly with landlords and PHA officials to ensure the availability of Section 8 HCV eligible housing stock.
14. Collecting and submitting HUD-VASH Program evaluation data on Veteran family participants.
15. Ensuring that there is no conflict of interest in dealings with Veterans, landlords, or other entities by adhering to professional ethical guidelines. It is essential that all staff complete annual ethics training, to include conflicts of interest, provided as indicated in subparagraph
16. Participating in program specific conference calls, broadcasts, and regularly scheduled meetings such as:
a. Monthly 1-hour conference call hosted by the HUD-VASH National Director. Program policy, trends, and resources, as well as site-specific issues and new program ideas are addressed in this forum. A reminder is sent with conference call information.
b. Conference calls led by the VISN NHC are also strongly encouraged to promote training, discuss local issues, share information, and develop a supportive mentoring resource.
c. Viewing of available HUD-VASH satellite broadcasts, PowerPoint presentations, and attendance at national and regional HUD-VASH and other homeless conferences are encouraged, as time and funding permits.
17. Must be willing to provide transportation for veterans to various appointments as needed.
You like people and they like you. You find great satisfaction in working with a diverse population of people needing various supports.
Good customer service matters to you. You take pride in providing person-centered services and believe that it’s a reflection on you, your work and the organization you represent.
Your middle name is problem-solver. You exhibit good judgment and demonstrate great problem solving ability with a commitment to innovative solutions.
You're a hungry learner. You enjoy constantly taking in new information and are committed to continuous learning about the world and the work around you.
You thrive in a dynamic environment. You're at ease with rapid change and are flexible to adjust to the changing needs of your clients. You enjoy working collaboratively but are also able to get things done on your own. You possess a positive, can-do attitude.
Master Degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work; ASW/MSW preferred
A valid, clean CA driver’s license is required. Experience working with individuals with mental health, disabilities, substance abuse, or HIV/AIDS related issues;
Experience working in a crisis setting and ability to respond appropriately in an emergency;
You have strong background in case management and understand what it takes acquire and utilize Section 8 vouchers, prevent eviction and other housing related issues.
Knowledge, Skills and Ability
Knowledge of affordable housing related housing experience;
Knowledge of Fair Housing Laws and reasonable accommodations;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Strong interpersonal skills and client engagement skills;
You recognize the impact of stable, community-based supportive housing to one’s health and well-being.
Possession of a valid California driver’s license, a clean driving record, and automobile insurance;
Access to adequate transportation;
Basic computer knowledge, MS Word and Excel required;
Flexibility required regarding scheduling and prioritizing of tasks;
Ability to utilize critical thinking skills in decision-making situations, good organizational and record-keeping skills, and good independent judgment;
Ability to work independently;
Location: San Francisco
Start date: Immediately
Compensation: $52-55k DOE
Status: Exempt, full-time
Benefits: Health, dental, vision, retirement match, long-term disability, life insurance, flex spending, commuter plan, sick leave and vacation pay
Reports to: Program Manager
Travel required: Travel throughout San Francisco & San Mateo County with approximately 60-75% of the time spent in the field
Brilliant Corners does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.