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Housing Specialist 

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Description

Housing Specialist needed for full-time, temporary (12 week) assignment in Philadelphia County. Hours are M-F, 9-5, currently working 2 days in office and 3 days remotely.

Provide the full range of direct services to clients seeking assistance with housing that include identifying housing and assistance in accessing rental, mortgage, and utility programs. Function additionally as a direct link and support to clients residing in subsidized housing programs to assist the clients in maintaining housing, developing goals to obtain permanent housing, and report and monitor progress.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Perform intake, needs assessment on clients. Obtain medical and all housing demographic data and informed consent information for every client.
  • Assemble care plans together with client, while including other members of support team, but ensuring confidentiality. Consult with care providers in discharge planning and home care plans.
  • Provide specialized housing counseling and advocacy by carrying a caseload of persons symptomatic with HIV disease who have identified housing needs as a primary or major presenting problem.
  • Assist clients in negotiating housing services; provide information, referral, follow-up and monitoring support on at least a monthly basis, reassessing client needs as appropriate.
  • Maintain agency minimum monthly standard of 450 units of service (15 minute increments) per month.
  • Provide housing assessment evaluations for those clients followed by primary case managers, including outside providers.
  • Consult with organization's Direct Service volunteers and staff regarding specific client's plans as appropriate.
  • Provide training to clients on tenants' rights and responsibilities, housing programs, and other housing resources.
  • Provide education and referrals to clients and members of their support system as required.
  • Build and maintain relationships and work closely with local housing providers, community development & advocacy groups, including city/state public housing programs.
  • Participate in organization's staff and supervisory meetings.
  • Participate in training, and staff development activities as required.
  • Maintain accurate, timely records as required.
  • Complete monthly reporting and progress notes.
  • Provide intake coverage as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
Position Requirements

BSW, MSW - Expertise in housing counseling and services, as well as client advocacy. Ability to work with diverse populations and address critical and emergency situations. Sensitivity to cultural and economic differences. Knowledge of local resources and service pool. Understanding of medical and psycho-social issues related to HIV disease and related conditions. Laptop required.

 

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