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Housing Specialist (Project HOMES - Proposition 47)

Adult Services | Compton, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

VOALA
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.


PROPOSITION 47 PROGRAM
PROJECT HOMES

Through Proposition 47, the State of California provides grants to develop mental health services, substance use disorder treatment and diversion programs for people in the criminal justice system, including housing-related assistance, job skills training, case management and other community-based supportive services.  VOALA is working with the City of Compton to provide these services to eligible participants.


JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE

The Housing Specialist is responsible for identifying suitable housing options for the re-entry and diversion participants, and assisting the participants to achieve sustainable and healthy independent living.

Duties include:

  • 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 Proposition 47 program and the unique needs of participants.
  • 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.


QUALIFICATIONS:


REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to clear a live scan background check.


EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services or related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and work experience (four years).


EXPERIENCE:

  • 2 years of experience working with justice-involved individuals faced with mental health and substance use disorders challenges and homelessness.
  • 1 year of experience of housing or case management experience.


KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of treatment plan design and case management.


TECHNOLOGY SKILLS:

  • Experience using a computer and Microsoft Office Suite, including: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Familiarity with using and imputing information in Databases.


SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Able to develop relationships with participants involved with the justice system, 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 mathematics calculations (rent, security deposits, etc.).
  • 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.


COMPETENCIES:

  • 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.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • HMIS (homeless database).
  • Valid CA Driver’s License without restrictions, acceptable form of automotive insurance, and/or reliable alternative mode of transportation.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal).

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 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.