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Housing Specialist - (SSVF-OC)

Adult Services | Santa Ana, 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.

The SSVF Housing Specialist provides suitable housing options for veterans' families that have accessed the program. The following duties may be handled in conjunction with Veteran's Administration staff, when applicable. 

Responsibilities:

The SSVF Housing Specialist duties are summarized as:

  • Identifying and locating housing options suitable for veteran households as needed
  • Connect with landlords and familiarize them with the SSVF & HUD programs and community resources to assist both tenants and landlords in the event of potential problems leading to eviction
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a housing database linking tenants to apartments
  • Will coordinate follow-through services with SSVF 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
  • Develops relationships with landlords and families as well as a wide variety of service stakeholders (schools, health and public benefit agencies)
  • Will maintain appropriate records in accordance with VOA/Veteran Administration Grant
  • Provides referrals and crisis intervention as needed

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience; MSW a plus
  • 1 - 3 years experience working with veterans, people in recovery and or homelessness individuals
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Valid California driver's license, insurance and reliable transportation
  • Must be proficient in record keeping tracking, maintaining, and reporting statistics according to program guidelines and requirements
  • Must have the ability to meet the physical requirements of this position

Additional Requirements:

  • U.S. Veteran strongly preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish) strongly preferred
  • Database experience (HMIS) strongly preferred
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds

VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer