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Title

Homeless Prevention Specialist 

Description

Wyandot BHN is seeking a dedicated Homeless Prevention Specialist to join our Kim Wilson Housing team on a temporary basis. The homeless prevention specialist will respond to the increased need for homeless prevention services in Wyandotte County, KS community due to COVID-19.

This position will be responsible for providing three primary duties: 1) Provide homeless prevention case management services; 2) process applications for emergency assistance; and, 3) conduct housing quality inspections. KWH’s homeless prevention program provides short-term support services to individuals and families residing in Wyandotte County, KS. who are at imminent risk of homelessness. 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Assist with returning incoming calls for homeless prevention services as needed.
  • Ensure timely response to clients, including conducting an initial screening for eligibility via phone and providing referral services for those who do not qualify
  • Responsible for verifying and documenting the eligibility of applicants and maintaining comprehensive, accurate records for all approved or denied clients
  • Provides housing stability focused case management services related to meeting the housing needs of program participants and helping them to prevent any episodes of homelessness. Services may include problem solving, crisis intervention, education on tenant rights and responsibilities, mediation services, tenancy supports and coordination with landlords.
  • Completes a individualized housing stability plan in cooperation with the client. Monitors and evaluates the client’s progress.
  • Assist individuals and families in locating, obtaining, and retaining suitable housing though housing search and placement services.
  • Conduct housing habitability inspections and lead based paint screening (as needed) on all clients assisted through homeless prevention.
  • Assist program participants with critical skills related to household budgeting, money management, credit counseling, household management, activities of daily living, personal safety, navigating access to community resources, employment support, and interpersonal communication.
  • Assess need and eligibility for financial assistance, including ensuring proper management of available program funding.
  • Assist with recruiting and retaining landlords in order to maximize housing options for service recipients with tenant screening barriers.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current Kim Wilson Housing programs and resources and current community human service resources.
  • Demonstrate competency in housing resources and community programs and how to access services, such as;
  • mainstream benefits programs, including eligibility requirements; basic landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities, as appropriate; and tenancy skills and/or supports
  • Ensure required information is collected, entered into prescribed formats, and reported in a timely manner – as outlined by federal funding and internal reporting guidelines.
 
Position Requirements

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field.
  • Housing voucher processing experience and housing quality inspection certification strongly preferred but will train ideal candidate.
  • Displays a courteous and caring attitude at all times to the clientele, volunteers, and visitors of the Agency.
  • Able to evaluate program services and make recommendations.
  • Develops personal and program related skills through participation in internal and external training opportunities including printed material and audio and/or visual media.
  • Can develop positive working relationships with clients, referral sources, service agencies, landlords, and others encountered in the course of work.
  • Strives to make connections between the agency and the larger community whenever possible in order to contribute to the agency’s ongoing fundraising and friend-raising efforts.

 

 

 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Division Kim Wilson Housing  
About the Organization Wyandot Behavioral Health Network (Wyandot BHN) is a family of organizations serving the behavioral health needs of Wyandotte County, Kansas, and beyond.

Our network of organizations provides resources for adults, children and families in need of behavioral health services; individuals experiencing homelessness; assistance with housing, employment, and other needs.

Wyandot BHN organizations include:

• Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. - Supportive housing program
• RSI - 24/7 Crisis Center
• PACES - Children & adolescents behavioral health care center
• Wyandot Center - Adult behavioral health care center  
EOE Statement Wyandot Behavioral Health Network's family of organizations: Kim Wilson Housing, PACES, RSI and Wyandot Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of Wyandot Behavioral Health Network to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender (to include orientation, identity or expression), disability, handicap, age, or any other basis prohibited by law. Any act of retaliation or discrimination against any person who has filed a complaint or assisted or participated in any investigation involving a complaint is prohibited.
 

This position is currently accepting applications.

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