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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
  • Valid California driver's license, insurance and reliable transportation 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office; HMIS database experience strongly preferred

Additional Preferred:

  • 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
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office; HMIS database experience strongly preferred 
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