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Housing Specialist - (Coordinated Entry System)

Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896.  We provide 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Identifies and locates housing options suitable for households as needed
  • Develops support systems to meet individual's needs; coordinates and facilitates move-in activities, rental negotiations, and service referrals as required
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a housing database linking tenants to apartments
  • Communicates with landlords and familiarize them with the CES, program and community resources to assist both tenants and landlords in the event of potential problems leading to eviction
  • Will coordinate follow-through services with case management team and conduct habitability and lead based paint inspections as requested
  • As a member of the program case management team, will provide information referrals, crisis intervention, and assistance with permanent housing placement to all participants and Case Managers
  • Provide outreach and engagement services to the literally homeless in the community, while specifically targeting the chronically homeless population
  • Conduct the VI-SPSDAT and other comprehensive  screenings and assessments with homeless individuals to collect functional, environmental, employment housing, educational, and health information, as appropriate, to develop a case plan  
  • Documents and maintains all case files in physical files, HMIS or other identified databases
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in social work or related field
  • 1 - 3 years experience working with homeless families/individuals or people in recovery
  • Ability to develop relationships with families as well as a variety of service stakeholders (Schools, health and public benefit agencies)
  • Provides a social and emotional culture
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office; HMIS database experience strongly preferred

Additional Requirements:

  • Effective written and oral communication skills; bilingual (Spanish) preferred
  • Valid California driver's license, insurance and reliable transportation  

VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer