Housing Specialist Homeless Prevention 1
Adult Services | Long Beach, CA | 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. VOALA 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.
JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE
The Housing Specialist is responsible for identifying suitable housing options for program participants and their families, and assisting the participants to achieve sustainable and healthy independent living. Part of services team for the program, the Housing Specialist participates in all stages of client service: assessment, services planning, engagement and delivery. Assists program case management, outreach and community engagement as directed.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Identifies and locates housing options suitable for homeless participants, 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
- Conducts habitability and lead-based paint inspections of housing options as needed
- Works directly (One on One) with landlords on behalf of clients and program
- 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
- 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)
- One year of experience working with veterans, people in recovery and or homelessness individuals
- Knowledge of housing stability plan design and case management.
- Microsoft Office Suite, including: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; familiar with Database functions and reporting.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- 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 public speaking ability, able to represent program and participants as an advocate
- 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 Driver’s license, with required insurance and a reliable vehicle.
- Bilingual (Spanish)
- HMIS (homeless database)
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
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