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Housing Navigation Specialist (Bilingual)
Hamilton Families

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Housing Navigation Specialist (Bilingual)

Hamilton Families

Job Summary

$24.50-26.00 per hour
Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 12 days ago
Job Role
Housing Resources Specialist, Transitional Housing Specialist
Employer's Industry

Job Description

COMPENSATION $24.50/hour +$1.50 hourly/ bilingual premium + Full Benefits
PROGRAM Housing Services | San Francisco, CA
REPORTS TO Housing Navigation Coordinator
WORK SCHEDULE Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
STATUS Full-Time
UNION REPRESENTATION YES - OPEIU, Local 29; initial fee + monthly dues
DRIVING REQUIRED Yes – Valid CADL and satisfactory driving record required

Hamilton Families

Our mission is to end family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 1985, Hamilton Families is San Francisco's leading service provider to homeless families, with carefully designed programs to prevent homelessness, provide shelter and stability, return families to permanent housing and support the well-being of children experiencing homelessness. We currently operate these programs across four sites in San Francisco and Oakland. For more information, visit

Program and Position Overview

The Housing Services Program helps prevent families from becoming homeless and helps those experiencing homelessness move as quickly as possible into permanent housing. The program assists families to secure permanent housing through housing search assistance, move-in financial assistance, homelessness prevention, rent subsidies, and home-based case management.

As a Housing Navigation Specialist, you will work with families to help them find and move into market-rate housing. You will be an advocate and matchmaker, supporting families as they find housing that meets their needs. You will collaborate with colleagues to search for potential units with the family, reaching out to landlords and accompanying families to view potential units. In addition, you will: provide coaching for these families about how to be successful in housing search and tenancy; assist families in addressing their housing barriers and; offer referrals to resources such as financial coaching and employment opportunities in their new community. Lastly, you will be responsible for making sure all data about the family and their activities and additional files are accurate, complete and up-to-date in the internal database. This position requires a California Driver License and clean driving record.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide housing navigation services to a caseload of approximately 15-20 families.
  • Work with participants to assess their housing needs, including housing preferences and any rental barriers they have (e.g., employment, credit history, behavioral health, rental history). Help participants to develop strategies to overcome barriers to housing.
  • Build trusting relationships with participants and coach them on housing search processes, including topics such as rental search, housing applications, unit viewings, move-in procedures, utilities set-up, maintaining positive property owner relations, and applying to permanent affordable housing.
  • Communicate with participants regularly, in person and over the phone, to support them in their independent housing search, and to alert them to units that Hamilton Families finds that may suit their needs.
  • Assist participants in viewing potential units, including offering driving support.
  • Coordinate with colleagues on the property owner liaison team to initiate and maintain positive relationships with property owners and property management companies interested in renting to participants in the program.
  • Help participants move into housing; work with colleagues to provide funds for move-in costs, support participants to understand and sign the lease agreement, and inspect the unit to ensure it will be safe and comfortable for the family.
  • Maintain precise and accurate documentation of case management services, updating participant files and entries into Salesforce database; maintain participant confidentiality and HIPAA requirements.
  • Provide weekly updates to referring and/or shelter case managers and participate in case conferencing with other social service providers as needed.
  • Bilingual case management positions require providing all services described above to a caseload of participants who are predominantly monolingual in the language for which the bilingual premium applies, in addition to translating and/or interpreting verbal interactions, written materials, community meetings, workshops, events, and other information verbally and/or in writing as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in a relevant profession OR Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (social work, psychology, or related field preferred)
  • Commitment to Hamilton Families’ mission of ending family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ideal candidates are familiar and committed to the principles and practices of housing first, participant-centered care, harm reduction, and participant confidentiality.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently. Ideal candidates are self-motivated, organized, clear communicators who are comfortable following program policies and processes and delivering high quality outcomes within urgent timeframes.
  • Flexible and creative; open to creating and joining a culture of feedback and learning; ability to meet multiple deadlines and priorities with a positive attitude and problem-solving approach.
  • Detail-oriented and demonstrated experience keeping thorough notes and records
  • Excited about working on diverse teams and collaborating with colleagues and participants from many different backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of community resources for families with very low incomes in the Bay Area and/or housing law a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, etc.).
  • Bilingual positions require verbal and written proficiency for which the bilingual premium applies, as demonstrated through agency-administered proficiency testing.
  • Essential functions of the position may require use of a telephone, working at a standard computer terminal, and the ability to follow reasonable ergonomic recommendations, sit for long periods, stand, reach, bend, lift, and carry up to 40 pounds, and driving.
  • Criminal background check, fingerprint imaging, and tuberculosis (TB) clearance required post-offer.
  • Valid CADL and DMV report; able and willing to travel up to 50% of the time as required – personal form of transportation is not required.

Compensation and Benefits

Great benefits: Hamilton Families (HF) offers excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage, plus tax-advantaged Flexible Spending Arrangements for Health Care and Dependent Care. Employees also have the chance to earn up to $180 per calendar year for participating in various wellness activities and can participate in partnership discounts with various YMCA and 24-Hour Fitness locations. Additionally, HF offers tax-deductible commuter benefits that can be applied to public transit, parking, and ride sharing services like Lyft Line and Uber pool.

Growth and leadership opportunities: The work at HF is designed for individuals to follow their passions and commitment to community. HF takes professional development seriously and offers coaching and training opportunities at every level. A role with the Stability team is great for an individual who is interested in exploring community based nonprofit work, social work, or mental health disciplines. We also offer a $1,000 tuition reimbursement to employees each year (after 12 months of employment) and offer dozens of internal and external trainings for staff at every level annually.

Time off: HF employees enjoy generous benefits including 11 paid holidays, 3 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of sick time per year.

Long-term benefits: HF offers an employer-matched 403(b) retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and other great long-term benefits!

Application Procedure

  • To apply, please click the blue "APPLY" button above or below.
  • Please attach your resume and a brief letter of interest.
  • No faxes or phone calls.
  • Hamilton Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance., we will consider for employment qualified applicants who arrest and conviction records. 

Business Overview

Our Story

Founded in 1985, Hamilton Families established San Francisco’s first shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Today we are San Francisco’s leading service provider to homeless families, with an array of highly effective programs at sites in San Francisco and Oakland.

Hamilton Shelter Program in the Tenderloin provides safe shelter, three meals a day and critical social services to 50 families a night for up to six months.

Hamilton Transitional Housing houses and supports up to 25 families at high risk for chronic homelessness for 6 to 18 months. Families receive intensive social services to identify and address factors contributing to their homelessness.

Hamilton Housing Solutions prevents homelessness whenever possible and assists families who have become homeless with housing search assistance, temporary rent assistance, case management, job search and other services for up to 18 months to help them find and retain a permanent home.

Children’s Services are integrated throughout all our programs, providing therapeutic support and enrichment activities to strengthen children’s resiliency, promote academic success and enhance the parent-child bond.


Culture & Perks

Community Oriented
Work-life Balance
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