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AmeriCorps Member Housing Specialist

Direct Services | Pontiac, MI | Full Time

Job Description

Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness AmeriCorps Program

Member Position Description

Host Site:        Lighthouse

Position Title:     Housing Search & Information Specialist AmeriCorps Member

Position Type:     Full-Time/1700 Hours (35 Hours/Week Minimum)

Duration of Term:     November, 2020 – November, 2021 

COMPENSATION:

  • A stipend totaling $14,279 for FT, paid bi-weekly over the course of the service year
  • Upon successful completion of the term, an education award, $6,195 for FT, which can be used towards qualified student loans
  • Health insurance, provided for by the program, for full time members only

Program Objectives:

Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness (CTEH) AmeriCorps Program will support service providers by increasing their capacity to offer assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals and families. Specifically, the AmeriCorps members in the CTEH program will provide services that will increase an individual’s self-sufficiency in the area of income and life skills. 

Classification:

According to the National and Community Service Act of 1990, AmeriCorps members are not considered employees of the agency where they serve, nor are they employees of the program or the federal government. As such, members cannot engage in activities performed by employees of the host agency or otherwise displace employees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

Housing Search and Information Specialist:

  • Assist with intakes to assess the housing needs of that client

  • Address housing barriers for the client

  • Conducting intakes through the MHMIS database

  • Create/update lists of available housing for the clients to choose from

  • Connect clients with necessary funds to pay for security deposits, rental fees, or utility payments

  • Maintain/develop relationships with local landlords

  • Receive training for/conduct Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and other housing inspections

  • Assist with independent living skills support related to addressing income and housing stabilization needs

  • Gather and disperse food and clothing donations to clients

  • Facilitate delivery of needed household items to clients who receive housing

  • Generate information materials for clients, such as newsletters/pamphlets/etc.

  • Provide follow-up support services as needed

Additional Member Activities:

  • Recruit and train a minimum of 20 volunteers during the term of service

  • Attend member orientation, monthly CTEH conference calls, webinars, and other events related to CTEH service

  • Attend Michigan’s AmeriCorps Member Celebration 

  • Attend Michigan’s AmeriCorps Signature Service Project

  • Attend the program’s orientation, regional, mid-year, and end-of-year trainings

  • Plan and implement a service project which helps to address homelessness in their community 

  • Submit quarterly reports by the appropriate deadlines with all necessary information

Restrictions: 

No more than 20 percent of the member’s total time can be spent on fundraising or training activities. 

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with HMIS, VI-SPDAT, and HQS

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or 1-2 years experience in human services

  • Some knowledge of the social services landscape in Oakland County and surrounding areas

  • Reliable transportation

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps

  • Flexible work hours and ability to work weekends

  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to express empathy

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or a lawful, permanent resident of the U.S. and provide a copy of a birth certificate, passport or permanent resident card to prove citizenship

  • Have completed of some college or comparable work experience

  • Must be able to complete a full term of service (one year)

  • Pass the following criminal history checks in accordance with CTEH National Service Criminal History Check policy: State of Michigan, State of Residence (if applicable), FBI fingerprinting, and National Sex Offender Registry

  • Have a car or can arrange reliable transportation to and from service site, multiple mandatory training sessions in Lansing, and travel on behalf of site

  • Possess proficiency with word processing software and email

  • Be able to interact respectfully with individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds