Rising Ground, Inc

Housing Specialist

Job Locations US-NY-Bronx
Posted Date 2 months ago(9/20/2021 3:35 PM)
Job ID
2021-1894
# of Openings
3
Category
Other

Overview

The Housing Specialist will assist youth aging out of foster care with finding affordable housing. The job involves various tasks that increase housing options for people who are trying to transition from temporary housing in order to achieve permanency.

Responsibilities

  • Establish linkages and maintain solid working relationships with supportive housing providers, real estate brokers, managing agents, and landlords as a resource for consumers.
  • Assess readiness for, as well as, the barriers to youth obtaining affordable permanent housing.
  • Provide supportive including individual and group counseling, workshops, education, referrals, and escorting in an effort to prepare youth 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  with identifying and securing permanent affordable housing. Assist youth 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 youth 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 subsidies 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Competencies

  • Must be computer literate including; Word, Excel, and Internet
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Bi-lingual- Spanish strongly preferred

Qualifications

  • B.A. degree in a related field required, graduate degree preferred
  • 2 years’ experience of Housing Specialist/Coordinator working with chronically homeless individuals and with co-occurring disorders.
  • Established connections with housing providers and housing resources throughout 5 boroughs of NYC.

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