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Housing Specialist (Victims Assistance Sanctuary)

Adult Services | South 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 locating emergency housing options suitable for clients
  • 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  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 service linkages and support systems for individuals, to ensure identified needs are met
  • Conduct 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
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in social work or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of one year experience working with with trafficking victims
  • Ability to outreach and coordinate crisis housing for clients
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, dealing with uncooperative clients
  • Provides a social and emotional culture
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office; HMIS database experience strongly preferred

Additional Requirements:

  • Knowledge of domestic violence, poverty, and federally funded mainstream programs such General Relief, Social Security Disability
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred
  • Valid California driver's license, insurance and reliable transportation  

VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer