Outreach Specialist Street Outreach Program
Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time
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.
SC/OC Street Outreach Program
The Street Outreach Program assists youth in the ages of 16 to 21 years of age who are experiencing homelessness or unstable living situations to find appropriate housing including shared housing or independent and emergency shelter. Additionally, we provide referral to supportive services as needed as well as case management and counseling. It is desirable that Outreach Workers possess "lived experience" to meaningfully connect with clients. Outreach Workers will provide the resources and support needed to improve overall health, social, and economic outcomes of the client. Justice-Involved Populations face numerous challenges, including family estrangement, unemployment, homelessness, and complex medial heath and/or behavioral/mental health conditions.
JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE
The Outreach Specialist is responsible for promoting the program throughout the surrounding areas, targeting low-income households who are at risk of becoming homeless or are homeless and in need of housing stability. Conducts community outreach to develop resources to support homeless Veterans. Part of a multi-disciplinary team that provides case management, housing referral, financial counseling and benefits services.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provides street outreach, engagement, crisis stabilization, trauma-informed case management, and referral services for clients and their families
- Conducts initial street screenings, immediate needs assessments, and crisis stabilization
- 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; records all services provided
- Performs tasks of Case Manager or Housing Specialist as needed
- Assists program staff in integrating development strategies and other evidence-informed practices to provide a holistic service approach including providing life skills through “teachable” moments
- Provide crisis intervention if needed, and make referrals to appropriate community resources
- Leads community outreach for program, represents VOALA at meetings of working groups specific to housing Justice Involved Populations, attends Apartment and Relator Association meetings, develops community partners.
- Additional duties as assigned
- Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services or related discipline;
- Or Equivalent combination of education and work experience (four years)
- Two years’ experience working with youth and victim populations, people in recovery and / or homelessness
- Knowledge of housing stability plan design and case management.
- Microsoft Office Suite, including: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; familiar with Databases.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Able to develop relationships with program participants, 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 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.
- Must be able to work effectively with people from all walks of life with compassion
- Hold a California Drivers license, with required insurance and a reliable vehicle.
- Bilingual (Spanish)
- HMIS (homeless database)
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.
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