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Housing Specialist - (SPA 3 Coordinated Entry System- RRH)

Adult Services | El Monte, 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
  • In conjunction with the Coordinator, computes rents based on financial information provided and established formulas and guidelines
  • Maintains working relationships with various community property management firms and property owners
  • 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
  • Knowledge of domestic violence, poverty, and federally funded mainstream programs such General Relief, Social Security Disability
  • 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)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office; HMIS database experience strongly preferred

Preferred:

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