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Housing Specialist AmeriCorps Member

Direct Services | Lathrup Village, MI | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Since 1985, South Oakland Shelter (SOS) has provided transitional services and programs that move people from homelessness to stability. SOS implements housing-first programming, successfully operates a rotating emergency shelter, and provides various supportive services. This combination of programs is used to carry out our mission of ending homelessness by mobilizing interfaith and community resources.

Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness AmeriCorps Program

Member Position Description


Position Title:     Housing Specialist AmeriCorps Member

Position Type:     Half-Time

Duration of Term:     March 2017 – March 2018


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.



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 Position 

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

  • Address housing barriers for the client

  • 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

  • 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

  • Transport clients to view potential housing locations

  • Assist SOS Permanent Supportive Program (PSH) and Follow Up Care program participants in creating housing stability plans

  • Conduct program intakes for both the PSH and Follow Up Care programs

  • Other housing responsibilities as assigned



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

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, DHS Central Registry Clearance, 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



  • A stipend totaling $12,630 for FT or $6,315 for HT, paid bi-weekly over the course of the service year

  • Upon successful completion of the term, an education award, $5,815 for FT or $2,907.50 for HT, which can be used towards qualified student loans

  • Health insurance, provided for by the program, for full time members only


South Oakland Shelter is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate against any qualified individual based on race, creed, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual preference.

For more information on AmeriCorps, visit

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume online via JobScore.

No phone or e-mail inquiries, please.