Services for the Underserved

Housing Specialist

Job Location US-NY-New York
Category
Homeless Services
Type
Regular Full-Time

Position Overview

The Housing Specialist will;

 

  • Establish linkages and maintain solid working relationships with supportive housing providers, real estate brokers, managing agents, and landlords as a resource for consumers.
  • Assess consumer readiness for, as well as, the barriers to obtaining affordable permanent housing.
  • Provide supportive social services including individual and group counseling, workshops, education, referrals, and escorting in an effort to prepare consumers for successfully securing and maintaining permanent and affordable housing.
     
  • Provides workshops on ADL skills, money management, utilities and rent payment, and housing interviewing skills.
  • Assist consumers with identifying and securing permanent affordable housing. Assist consumers with obtaining HASA rent checks, paying broker’s fees, obtaining start up kits, furniture allowances, movers, and moving into new apartment units.
  • Prepare and assist consumers with the housing application/interview process, including the HRA 2010e application process, the HASA housing application process, and any other specialized housing applications that may become relevant in the future.
     
  • A general working knowledge of the HRA-HASA benefits and entitlement system.  Knowledge of all HASA rental subsidy guidelines including; the 30% rent cap, exceptions to policy, housing and habitability standards, FMR guidelines, and broker fees.
     
  • A basic understanding of and the ability to educate consumers around supportive housing vs. independent housing, and congregate vs. scattered site.
     
  • Provide monthly written reports highlighting consumer length of stay and status, housing placements, lost housing, barriers to housing, and pending housing.
     
  • Must maintain a small caseload and perform the full duties of a Service Coordinator (see SC job description for further details).
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    Provide accurate, complete, and timely documentation of assessment information, service planning, the provision of supportive social services, and consumer progression/regression toward service plan goals.
     
  • Provide incident reports and all incident related documentation for members of the caseload as needed.
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    Adhere to monthly housing placement goals. Track, monitor, and report housing placement rates for all consumers. 
     
  • Attends interdisciplinary team meetings and case conferences as needed.
     
  • Participates in professional development activities such as in-service trainings, seminars, webinars, and conferences as needed.

 

Qualifications

  • B.A. degree in a related field required, graduate degree preferred 
  • 2 years experience of Housing Specialist/Coordinator working with chronically homeless individuals, with co-occuring disorders, and HIV/AIDS. Established connections with housing providers and housing resources through out 5 boroughs of NYC. 
  • Must be computer literate including; Word, Excel, and Internet 
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Bi-lingual- Spanish strongly preferred

Effective August 30, 2021, unless granted a reasonable accommodation for disability, all new hires must show proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.  If hired for one of our city sponsored programs, this requirement must be met by your date of hire.

 

SUS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Company Overview

Join a team of employees who cares about the wellbeing of others. We believe in fostering a culture built on our core values: respect, integrity, support, maximizing individual potential and continuous quality improvement.

S:US is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. S:US is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities, including allowance of the use of services animals. To request reasonable accommodation or if you believe such a request was improperly handled or denied, contact the Director of Recruitment.

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