Housing Specialist – HEAP
$19.23/hr. - $20.19/hr.
WHAT WE DO
Since its foundation in 1984, PATH has pioneered bold and effective approaches to assist people experiencing homelessness. PATH operates services throughout California, connecting our clients to a comprehensive continuum of homelessness prevention, street outreach, employment preparation and placement assistance, individualized case management, supportive services, interim housing, and permanent supportive housing.
WHAT IS A HOUSING SPECIALIST – HEAP RAPID RE-HOUSING?
Rapid re-housing service is an intervention, informed by a Housing First approach which are a critical part of the homeless crisis response system. Rapid rehousing programs help individuals and families living on the streets or in emergency shelters solve the immediate challenges to obtaining permanent housing while reducing the amount of time they experience homelessness and linking to community resources that enable them to achieve long-term housing stability.
The Housing Specialist
works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to assist clients with housing document preparation, identifying permanent housing opportunities, developing and maintaining relationships with prospective landlords as well as connecting clients with appropriate supportive services. The Housing Specialist
provides linkages to resources that may be beneficial for success in housing and assist clients through the Coordinated Entry System matching process. The Housing Specialist
provides crisis intervention, ongoing case management to assist individuals with their goals, and assistance in connecting clients to the appropriate housing intervention.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE THROUGH ACTION
The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
WHAT YOU BRING
- Conducts comprehensive assessments of individuals and families to determine eligibility and placement services, financial assistance and resource needs.
- Provides information and referral assistance to appropriate social service agencies and/or community programs.
- Conducts client intakes and assessments for eligibility into a homelessness assistance programs.
- Assesses and addresses housing barriers, including but not limited to assisting the client to acquire and submit necessary identification documentation, proof of homelessness, benefits statements, proof of identity, etc.
- Assists with the development, implementation and monitoring of individualized housing, financial and self-sufficiency plans for each client.
- Regularly meets with clients to review case progress and provide motivation for obtaining housing stability.
- Ensures the timely and accurate completion of all necessary documentation needed to obtain and maintain permanent housing.
- Property Management:
- Procures, contacts, and negotiates with landlords to identify new and existing housing opportunities to build a strong inventory of available housing options for clients.
- Negotiates leases on behalf of clients.
- Responds to contacts from clients and property owners.
- Provides mediation and advocacy with landlords on the client’s behalf to develop a workable plan to obtain and/or maintain permanent housing.
- Develops and provides materials for both clients and program staff to include: tenants’ rights & responsibilities, housing discrimination and conflict resolution.
- Develops and maintains a database of permanent housing information including vacancies, eligibility requirements, rents, waiting list lengths, locations, sizes, etc. for each property.
- Maintains documentation of trainings, budgets, housing contracts, client contracts and other pertinent information in accordance with agency and best standard practices.
- Maintains case documentation, using HMIS in accordance with agency and best standard practices.
- Develops and maintains accurate and detailed case files, verifies accuracy of information provided, also researches discrepancies and records information.
We’re looking for candidates that:
- Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equivalent job experience.
- Two- four years cumulative experience working with social services, populations in crisis including the homeless population and people with disabilities.
- Experience with property management/real estate functions, knowledge of supportive housing.
- markets, city planning and/or public policy, or related fields highly desired.
- Knowledge of Fair Housing laws.
- Ability to work with a wide variety of landlords and property management companies.
- Maintain and execute confidential information according to HIPAA standards.
- Able to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously in a high-pressure and time sensitive environment.
- Demonstrates ability to use computers with proficiency in Microsoft Office software particularly Excel.
- Salesforce experience preferred.
- Flexible work schedule to include some evenings and/or weekends as needed.
- Possesses a high level of tolerance and understanding for individuals who present for services with urgent multiple case management and health needs.
- Ability to work independently and within a team environment and exercise mature judgment.
- Ability to provide community and in-home based services on a regular basis.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
For this role the ROLE a successful candidate must:
READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE THROUGH ACTION?
- Have Employment Eligibility Verification.
- Have or be able and willing to obtain CPR/First Aid training
- Have reliable transportation and:
- A valid Driver’s License.
- Proof of insurance and ownership for personal vehicles used during work duties.
- The ability to qualify for PATH insurance coverage.
- Successfully complete the following as a condition of hire:
- Tuberculosis Test
- Background Screening
- Drug Test
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PATH provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PATH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.