Housing Coordinator HUD VASH
Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA 90033 | Full Time
Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories
Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOA - LA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development - VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program is an effort between VOALA, HUD and the VA to move Veterans and their families out of homelessness and into permanent housing. Provides long–term case management, clinical/supportive services, and permanent housing assistance for chronically homeless Veterans. Combines Housing Choice Voucher assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE
The Housing Coordinator is responsible for identifying suitable housing options for program participants and their families, and assisting the participants to achieve sustainable and healthy independent living. Conducts community outreach to develop resources to support homeless participants. Part of services team for the program, the Housing Coordinator provides experience-based leadership and participates in all stages of client service: assessment, services planning, engagement and delivery. Assists program case management, performs outreach and community engagement events, is able to lead these efforts as required.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Identifies and locates housing options suitable for homeless clients and their families, including referral to VOALA shelters as appropriate.
- Creates and maintains a housing database linking tenants to apartments
- Communicates with landlords and familiarize them with the program and the unique needs of participants
- Leads community outreach for program, represents VOALA at meetings of working groups specific to housing the homeless, attends Apartment and Relator Association meetings, develops community partners.
- Develops support systems to meet individual client's housing needs; coordinates and facilitates move-in activities, rental negotiations, and service referrals as needed
- Facilitates the use of community resources to assist both tenants and landlords in the event of problems leading to potential eviction
- As a member of the program case management team, provides information referrals, crisis intervention, and assistance with permanent housing placement for participants
- Assists case managers in conducting the comprehensive screenings and assessments to collect functional, environmental, financial, employment, housing, educational, and health information, as appropriate, to develop an Individual Service Plan
- Coordinates follow-up services with case management team
- Performs tasks of Case Manager or Housing Specialist as needed
- Performs outreach to area homeless, coordinating efforts of community organizations to serve the homeless
- Additional duties as assigned
- Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services or related discipline,
- Or Equivalent combination of education and work experience (four years)
- Three years’ experience working with veterans, people in recovery and / or homelessness individuals
- Knowledge of housing stability plan design and case management.
- Knowledge of Los Angeles’ affordable and subsidized housing system.
- Has existing relationships with landlords and other resources for homeless population
- Microsoft Office Suite, including: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; familiar with Databases.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Able to take on case management and leadership tasks as required to support program
- Strong public speaking ability, able to represent program and participants as an advocate
- Able to develop relationships with program participants, their families, and landlords, as well as a variety of service stakeholders (schools, health and public benefit agencies).
- Strong written and oral skills in the English language, able to accurately complete required reports and data entry.
- Able to perform basic mathematic calculations (rent, security deposits, et cetera).
- Able to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients.
- Able to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
- Able to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.
- Must be willing to travel/drive company vehicle through Los Angeles County.
- Must be able to work effectively with people from all walks of life with compassion
- Hold a California Drivers license, with required insurance and a reliable vehicle.
- Bilingual (Spanish)
- HMIS (homeless database)
VOALA BENEFITS SUMMARY:
- Choice of 3 medical insurance plans
- Choice of 2 dental insurance plans (one plan for employee only; has no premium)
- Vision insurance plan
- Voluntary Supplemental Coverage
- Accidental Injury Coverage
- Hospital Care Coverage
- Critical Illness Coverage
- Pet Insurance
- Paid vacation time
- Paid sick time
- 10 company paid holidays
- Company funded 401a retirement pension plan
- Optional employee contribution to 403b retirement savings plan
- Life and AD&D insurance
- Programs to maintain your health and well-being
- Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) – (No cost to employee and 100% confidential)
- Company funded Short-term Disability Insurance (STDI) Insurance
- Company funded Long-term Disability Insurance (LTD)
Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law
This employer participates in E-Verify as required by the federal government and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.
If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.