The Housing Locator works as a team member with several social service professional and paraprofessional staff ensuring the delivery of quality care in accordance to the rules and regulations established for contracted agencies as well as adhering to the mission of St. Joseph Center.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Key Areas of Responsibility:
- Provide field-based housing location services to homeless individuals/families who are enrolled in our ICMS, HFSS and Rapid Re-Housing programs
- Work with each program’s Case Managers and their clients to identify affordable housing, develop strong relationships with landlords and rental properties, be a strong advocate for our clients in the rental process, assist clients with rental applications, and mentor clients on good tenant and neighbor practices
- Identifies appropriate housing for homeless individuals/families and maintains a listing of available housing, landlords in the region
- Conducts housing searches which include finding housing, reviewing leases, and negotiating with landlords
- Builds and maintains relationships with property managers and private landlords including education about and advocacy for our clients.
- Apply knowledge of residential lease contracts to educate clients of their rights and responsibilities.
- Transport clients as deemed necessary. Transportation requirements should be limited to housing and occasional visit to relevant social service agencies.
- Collect and report program data, including but not limited to HMIS reporting and funders’ required data.
- Participate in all meetings with collaborative agencies and other community meetings as directed.
Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Must have demonstrated knowledge of case management principles and intervention techniques specific to homeless populations or other under-served groups.
- Must be highly motivated and a self-starter. The ability to communicate with and relate to a diverse group of people including clients, community, and other staff. Must have excellent organizational skills and the capability to work in a fast paced environment.
- Strong knowledge of homeless services and resources. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Critical Time Intervention, and Housing First.
- A bilingual background is a plus.
- The position requires an ability to work flexible hours including some early mornings and evenings.
- One year experience providing services to persons experiencing homelessness.
- Previous experience with housing location services for homeless individuals or under-served communities preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in social work, human services or a related field; a combination of education and experience may be substituted.
- This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- Ability to use widely supported internet browsers.
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:
- Valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
- Valid automobile liability insurance.