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Connections for the Homeless is a rapidly growing homeless services agency powered by our vision of ending homelessness in North suburban Cook County. Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, Connections began over 35 years ago as a shelter run entirely by volunteers and has expanded to serve more than 1,500 participants every year through Eviction Prevention, Shelter and Housing services. Employing our core values of equity and inclusion, community, transparency, generosity of spirit, and resilience, we work in partnership with our supporters and the people we serve to achieve our mission of serving and catalyzing our community to end homelessness, one person at a time.


At this time, Connections for the Homeless is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Homelessness Prevention Specialist.


Summary of Position: Provide general case management services to clients seeking Homeless Prevention, Short-Term Stabilization Services (STSS) and Diversion Services


Specific Duties:


· Responsible for processing requests for Prevention; STSS; and Diversion Services.


· Provide referrals to outside providers when participants do not qualify for Connections-administered funds, or when all Connections’ funding has been disbursed


· Outreach to area schools, agencies and other stakeholders to inform people about the programs and to identify potential participants


· Handle intake and assessment calls and callbacks


· Conduct interviews and assessments leading to program qualification


· Provide case management as required to ensure participants are able to comply with funder requirements


· Maintain relationships with other service providers and participate in planning and service coordination meetings and activities as needed


· Represent agency at community service provider and other meetings as assigned


· Adhere to the Code of Conduct and Core Values of Connections for the Homeless.


· Perform other duties as assigned


The following qualifications are requirements for the position:


· Bilingual English/Spanish


Experience working with people experiencing homelessness


· Valid Illinois Driver’s License and must be insurable under agency policy


· Able to work independently and with diverse populations and able to meet clients in their homes


· Flexible schedule – able to work some evenings and weekends


· Good speaking, writing and interpersonal skills


· Computer literacy in Microsoft Word and Excel and in client database usage


The following qualifications are highly desirable:


• Bachelor’s degree


• Basic knowledge of HUD and state funding requirements


• Experience with State of Illinois or other Prevention funding


Other requirements:


• Must be able to pass a criminal background check and submit to or provide evidence of a recent test for tuberculosis


 


Company Description

Connections for the Homeless is a rapidly growing homeless services agency powered by our vision of ending homelessness in North suburban Cook County. Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, Connections began over 35 years ago as a shelter run entirely by volunteers and has expanded to serve more than 1,500 participants every year through Eviction Prevention, Shelter and Housing services. Employing our core values of equity and inclusion, community, transparency, generosity of spirit, and resilience, we work in partnership with our supporters and the people we serve to achieve our mission of serving and catalyzing our community to end homelessness, one person at a time.

In order to achieve this ambitious goal, Connections for the Homeless is embarking on a major expansion of services through additional positions in both our Community & Shelter and Housing programs, as well as supporting the agency’s growth through well-resourced investments in infrastructure. Stemming from our board’s strategic vision of making Connections an exceptional workplace and performance-driven organization that implements best practices, we offer salaries that exceed the average for our industry, competitive benefits including medical & dental insurance, retirement plans and generous paid time off, as well as a flexible workplace with multiple opportunities for professional and leadership development.


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POSITION OVERVIEW:


Under the direction of the PSH Manager, the Housing Retention Specialist works directly with program participants in a Permanent Supportive Housing site and develops, arranges and coordinates treatment services. The Housing Retention Specialist provides linkage to permanent, affordable housing service for homeless individuals who meet the criteria to available Homeless Health Care Los Angeles Housing Subsidized Programs. The Housing Retention Specialist also works to improve the health of homeless individuals by assisting with the provision of stable housing, development of a comprehensive treatment plan and facilitating linkages to medical care, mental health care, alcohol/substance use treatment, housing retention and other supportive services.


PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:


· Conducts comprehensive assessments (CES surveys, ASAM/ASI, vulnerability index tools etc.) to determine appropriate housing options, case management and other supportive service needs.


· Conducts on-going quarterly needs and financial assessments to identify client’s continued housing, supportive service needs and barriers to maintaining permanent supportive housing.


· Develops individualized case plans with measurable goals and objectives to assist participants in achieving their desired outcomes.


· Develops and networks with representatives in other agencies/community based agencies to support individuals in attaining services such as housing, mental health care, medical treatment, financial assistance, legal advocacy, etc.


· Networks and collaborates with community based organizations to obtain referrals and ensure contractual capacity is met.


· Responsible for networking, collaborating and assisting participants in locating and obtaining housing in an expedient manner in line with the Housing First Model.


· Provides intensive case management services, self-help groups/workshops, assistance with completing applications, as well as on-going guidance and education to clients as they transition into permanent supportive housing.


· Performs home visits, eviction prevention, budgeting, life skills coaching, and other housing retention services to support clients with sustaining permanent supportive housing.


· Documents client’s progress related to their participation in housing and supportive services, intake and exit/discharges into the HMIS data system and DHS CHAMP data system within required deadlines.


· Implements and consistently practices harm reduction, trauma informed care, housing first and integrated care interventions.


· Able to serve a diverse vulnerable client populations and communicate effectively in a culturally competent manner.


· Able to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment, utilizing professional, open and respectful communication. Maintains a solution focused, strengths based and client centered approach with managers, co-workers and clients of HHCLA.


· Maintains client records according to HIPAA and adheres to all client confidentiality requirements and standards.


· Complies and maintains familiarity with agency and program policies and procedures and other applicable regulations.


· Attends and participates in supervision, staff meetings, trainings, conferences, workshops, and special projects to promote professional development.


· Models HHCLA approach, mission and core values in all communication, correspondence, community events, coalitions and advocacy efforts.


· HHCLA works with many clients of different special populations which includes, but is not limited to the following: Veteran Clients and veteran specific duties, Older adults, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, Justice Involved Individuals, Transitional Aged Youth, etc.


· Reports to work on time and maintains reliable and regular attendance.


· Maintains current licensing and/or certification as required for position.


· Other duties as assigned.



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. The Bridge Shelter Program serves 324 single male and female individuals on a daily basis. Alpha Project has also received notification to operate a second 150 bed Bridge Shelter program which will open on November 1st. The goal of the programs are for individuals to receive the supportive services they need to become self-sufficient and be placed into housing


 


JOB SUMMARY
The Housing Specialist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to assist clients with housing document preparation, identifying permanent housing opportunities, developing and maintaining relationships with prospective landlords as well as connecting clients with appropriate supportive services.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES



Case Management:
 Conducts comprehensive assessments of individuals and families to determine housing eligibility and placement services, financial assistance and resource needs.
 Provides information and referral assistance to appropriate social service agencies and/or community programs.
 Conducts client intakes and assessments for eligibility into a homelessness assistance programs
 Assesses and addresses housing barriers, including but not limited to assisting the client to acquire and submit necessary identification documentation, proof of homelessness, benefits statements, proof of identity, etc.
 Assists with the development, implementation and monitoring of individualized housing, financial and self-sufficiency plans for each client.
 Regularly meets with clients to review case progress and provide motivation for obtaining housing stability.
 Ensures the timely and accurate completion of all necessary documentation needed to obtain and maintain permanent housing.
Property Management:
 Procure, contact and negotiate with landlords to identify new and existing housing opportunities to build a strong inventory of available housing options for clients.
 Negotiates leases on behalf of clients.
 Responds to contacts from clients and property owners.



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 POSITION OVERVIEW:


Under the direction of the PSH Manager, the Housing Retention Specialist works directly with program participants in a Permanent Supportive Housing site and develops, arranges and coordinates treatment services. The Housing Retention Specialist provides linkage to permanent, affordable housing service for homeless individuals who meet the criteria to available Homeless Health Care Los Angeles Housing Subsidized Programs. The Housing Retention Specialist also works to improve the health of homeless individuals by assisting with the provision of stable housing, development of a comprehensive treatment plan and facilitating linkages to medical care, mental health care, alcohol/substance use treatment, housing retention and other supportive services.


PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:


·                Conducts comprehensive assessments (CES surveys, ASAM/ASI, vulnerability index tools etc.) to determine appropriate housing options, case management and other supportive service needs.


·                Conducts on-going quarterly needs and financial assessments to identify client’s continued housing, supportive service needs and barriers to maintaining permanent supportive housing.


·                Develops individualized case plans with measurable goals and objectives to assist participants in achieving their desired outcomes.


·                Develops and networks with representatives in other agencies/community based agencies to support individuals in attaining services such as housing, mental health care, medical treatment, financial assistance, legal advocacy, etc.


·                Networks and collaborates with community based organizations to obtain referrals and ensure contractual capacity is met.


·                Responsible for networking, collaborating and assisting participants in locating and obtaining housing in an expedient manner in line with the Housing First Model.


·                Provides intensive case management services, self-help groups/workshops, assistance with completing applications, as well as on-going guidance and education to clients as they transition into permanent supportive housing.


·                Performs home visits, eviction prevention, budgeting, life skills coaching, and other housing retention services to support clients with sustaining permanent supportive housing.


·                Documents client’s progress related to their participation in housing and supportive services, intake and exit/discharges into the HMIS data system and DHS CHAMP data system within required deadlines.


·                Implements and consistently practices harm reduction, trauma informed care, housing first and integrated care interventions.


·                Able to serve a diverse vulnerable client populations and communicate effectively in a culturally competent manner.


·                Able to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment, utilizing professional, open and respectful communication. Maintains a solution focused, strengths based and client centered approach with managers, co-workers and clients of HHCLA.


·                Maintains client records according to HIPAA and adheres to all client confidentiality requirements and standards.


·                Complies and maintains familiarity with agency and program policies and procedures and other applicable regulations.


·                Attends and participates in supervision, staff meetings, trainings, conferences, workshops, and special projects to promote professional development.


·                Models HHCLA approach, mission and core values in all communication, correspondence, community events, coalitions and advocacy efforts.


·                HHCLA works with many clients of different special populations which includes, but is not limited to the following: Veteran Clients and veteran specific duties, Older adults, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, Justice Involved Individuals, Transitional Aged Youth, etc.


·                Reports to work on time and maintains reliable and regular attendance.


·                Maintains current licensing and/or certification as required for position.


·                Other duties as assigned.



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Job Description


 


POSITION OVERVIEW:


Under the direction of the PSH Manager, the Housing Retention Specialist works directly with program participants in a Permanent Supportive Housing site and develops, arranges and coordinates treatment services. The Housing Retention Specialist provides linkage to permanent, affordable housing service for homeless individuals who meet the criteria to available Homeless Health Care Los Angeles Housing Subsidized Programs. The Housing Retention Specialist also works to improve the health of homeless individuals by assisting with the provision of stable housing, development of a comprehensive treatment plan and facilitating linkages to medical care, mental health care, alcohol/substance use treatment, housing retention and other supportive services.


PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:


· Conducts comprehensive assessments (CES surveys, ASAM/ASI, vulnerability index tools etc.) to determine appropriate housing options, case management and other supportive service needs.


· Conducts on-going quarterly needs and financial assessments to identify client’s continued housing, supportive service needs and barriers to maintaining permanent supportive housing.


· Develops individualized case plans with measurable goals and objectives to assist participants in achieving their desired outcomes.


· Develops and networks with representatives in other agencies/community based agencies to support individuals in attaining services such as housing, mental health care, medical treatment, financial assistance, legal advocacy, etc.


· Networks and collaborates with community based organizations to obtain referrals and ensure contractual capacity is met.


· Responsible for networking, collaborating and assisting participants in locating and obtaining housing in an expedient manner in line with the Housing First Model.


· Provides intensive case management services, self-help groups/workshops, assistance with completing applications, as well as on-going guidance and education to clients as they transition into permanent supportive housing.


· Performs home visits, eviction prevention, budgeting, life skills coaching, and other housing retention services to support clients with sustaining permanent supportive housing.


· Documents client’s progress related to their participation in housing and supportive services, intake and exit/discharges into the HMIS data system and DHS CHAMP data system within required deadlines.


· Implements and consistently practices harm reduction, trauma informed care, housing first and integrated care interventions.


· Able to serve a diverse vulnerable client populations and communicate effectively in a culturally competent manner.


· Able to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment, utilizing professional, open and respectful communication. Maintains a solution focused, strengths based and client centered approach with managers, co-workers and clients of HHCLA.


· Maintains client records according to HIPAA and adheres to all client confidentiality requirements and standards.


· Complies and maintains familiarity with agency and program policies and procedures and other applicable regulations.


· Attends and participates in supervision, staff meetings, trainings, conferences, workshops, and special projects to promote professional development.


· Models HHCLA approach, mission and core values in all communication, correspondence, community events, coalitions and advocacy efforts.


· HHCLA works with many clients of different special populations which includes, but is not limited to the following: Veteran Clients and veteran specific duties, Older adults, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, Justice Involved Individuals, Transitional Aged Youth, etc.


· Reports to work on time and maintains reliable and regular attendance.


· Maintains current licensing and/or certification as required for position.


· Other duties as assigned.



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Job Description


POSITION OVERVIEW:


Under the direction of the PSH Manager, the Housing Retention Specialist works directly with program participants in a Permanent Supportive Housing site and develops, arranges and coordinates treatment services. The Housing Retention Specialist provides linkage to permanent, affordable housing service for homeless individuals who meet the criteria to available Homeless Health Care Los Angeles Housing Subsidized Programs. The Housing Retention Specialist also works to improve the health of homeless individuals by assisting with the provision of stable housing, development of a comprehensive treatment plan and facilitating linkages to medical care, mental health care, alcohol/substance use treatment, housing retention and other supportive services.


PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:


· Conducts comprehensive assessments (CES surveys, ASAM/ASI, vulnerability index tools etc.) to determine appropriate housing options, case management and other supportive service needs.


· Conducts on-going quarterly needs and financial assessments to identify client’s continued housing, supportive service needs and barriers to maintaining permanent supportive housing.


· Develops individualized case plans with measurable goals and objectives to assist participants in achieving their desired outcomes.


· Develops and networks with representatives in other agencies/community based agencies to support individuals in attaining services such as housing, mental health care, medical treatment, financial assistance, legal advocacy, etc.


· Networks and collaborates with community based organizations to obtain referrals and ensure contractual capacity is met.


· Responsible for networking, collaborating and assisting participants in locating and obtaining housing in an expedient manner in line with the Housing First Model.


· Provides intensive case management services, self-help groups/workshops, assistance with completing applications, as well as on-going guidance and education to clients as they transition into permanent supportive housing.


· Performs home visits, eviction prevention, budgeting, life skills coaching, and other housing retention services to support clients with sustaining permanent supportive housing.


· Documents client’s progress related to their participation in housing and supportive services, intake and exit/discharges into the HMIS data system and DHS CHAMP data system within required deadlines.


· Implements and consistently practices harm reduction, trauma informed care, housing first and integrated care interventions.


· Able to serve a diverse vulnerable client populations and communicate effectively in a culturally competent manner.


· Able to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment, utilizing professional, open and respectful communication. Maintains a solution focused, strengths based and client centered approach with managers, co-workers and clients of HHCLA.


· Maintains client records according to HIPAA and adheres to all client confidentiality requirements and standards.


· Complies and maintains familiarity with agency and program policies and procedures and other applicable regulations.


· Attends and participates in supervision, staff meetings, trainings, conferences, workshops, and special projects to promote professional development.


· Models HHCLA approach, mission and core values in all communication, correspondence, community events, coalitions and advocacy efforts.


· HHCLA works with many clients of different special populations which includes, but is not limited to the following: Veteran Clients and veteran specific duties, Older adults, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, Justice Involved Individuals, Transitional Aged Youth, etc.


· Reports to work on time and maintains reliable and regular attendance.


· Maintains current licensing and/or certification as required for position.


· Other duties as assigned.



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The East Oakland Community Project (EOCP) is seeking qualified Outreach/Housing Specialists who will work for the Oakland Together for Vets Collaborative (OTVC). The Outreach/ Housing Specialist functions as part of a dynamic team engaged in creating an array of supportive services to assist homeless veteran singles and families achieve independence. This position conducts outreach to identify and recruit at-risk and homeless veterans into OTVC services. The position also advocates for veterans seeking to find permanent, affordable housing by building relationships with private property managers and nonprofit housing providers that can offer stable permanent housing opportunities.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


General Operations



  • Attend and participate in all required staff meetings, weekly supervision meetings and in-service trainings;

  • Write progress reports and maintain statistics on client activities;

  • Coordinate with OTVC staff to share housing information, referral and other relevant resources.


Community Outreach



  • Conduct outreach and screening to homeless veterans at VA clinics, public dining programs, one-stop employment centers, Homeless Court, community colleges and other locations in the Oakland area;

  • Connect at-risk or homeless veterans to case management services;

  • Establish working relationships with local landlord/real estate associations to access market rate housing resources;

  • Conduct outreach to local public housing authorities and other subsidized housing entities in the Bay Area to maintain up-to-date information on vacancies and application requirements;

  • Develop contacts with local church groups and other non-profit organizations who offer alternative affordable housing options in the local real estate market;

  • Establish relationships with other housing advocates in the Bay Area.


Client Support



  • Maintain confidentiality in all matters pertaining to veterans and their families;

  • Use interviewing techniques and other problem-solving skills to assess veteran housing issues and needs;

  • Escort veterans to various housing appointments, as needed;

  • Provide support to veterans in filling out housing applications and other relevant materials;



  • Assist veterans in contacting and negotiating with potential landlords;

  • Inspect apartment or other housing alternatives with veteran(s) prior to signing a lease to determine habitability and fairness of the lease requirements;

  • Identify/provide non-monetary support including furniture, appliances and household items for veterans moving into permanent housing;

  • Provide after-care services in the veteran’s home to ensure they remain in a stable housing situation;

  • Perform other duties, as assigned.


Programmatic Activities



  • Coordinate housing information and services with the Case Managers, Employment Specialist, and Subsidy Coordinator, Rep. Payee Specialist to ensure a comprehensive approach to Veteran needs.

  • Set up and maintain well-organized housing files including information on housing providers, application materials, repair request forms, etc.

  • Compile and maintain program/housing resource files and/or a database containing current listings of market-rate and subsidized permanent housing resources in Alameda and surrounding Bay Area counties as well as out-of-area housing options;


QUALIFICATIONS


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE



  • Bachelor of Arts degree preferred or equivalent work experience

  • At least two years experience working as an outreach worker or housing advocate with high risk, low income families or individuals; Veteran families preferred

  • Experience working with individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds;

  • Knowledge of local market rate and subsidized housing resources in the Bay Area and other areas in California and adjacent states;

  • Basic counseling and interviewing techniques;

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain organized files;

  • Ability to produce well-written reports, memos and other correspondence in a timely fashion;

  • Ability to work effectively with a team of other professionals and coordinate services/activities with each member, as needed;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


LANGUAGE SKILLS



  • Ability to speak clear, concise English;

  • Spanish or sign language as a second language is preferred


MATHEMATICAL SKILLS



  • Strong basic math skills required at least at the high school level

  • Must be able to perform mathematical calculations with a high degree of accuracy


REASONING ABILITY



  • Must be able to exercise good judgment while addressing those obstacles or barriers that prevent Veterans from clarifying their housing goals

  • Must exhibit good critical thinking skills to be used to solve problems


COMPUTER SKILLS


  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite to perform key job duties is required

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS



  • Must have current CPR and Basic First Aid certificates

  • Valid California driver’s license, insurance and access to an automobile. Proof of insurance and auto registration required


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS



  • Must be able to dress neatly with a professional appearance when reporting to work

  • This position requires an annual tuberculosis test

  • Must be able to work under stressful conditions


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The position requires an ability to work in a diverse and stressful environment with families that have multiple issues. Work schedules are flexible according to facility and Veteran needs and can include night and weekend hours. Punctuality and good attendance is required to be successful in this work environment. The Outreach/Housing Specialist must be willing to travel through-out the Bay Area.


Company Description

Founded in 1990, EOCP is a dynamic and growing organization that provides safety net and rapid re-housing services to a diverse base of homeless individuals in Alameda County, including single adults, families, young adults, seniors and people living with HIV/AIDS.


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Job Description


POSITION OVERVIEW:


Under the direction of the PSH Manager, the Housing Retention Specialist works directly with program participants in a Permanent Supportive Housing site and develops, arranges and coordinates treatment services. The Housing Retention Specialist provides linkage to permanent, affordable housing service for homeless individuals who meet the criteria to available Homeless Health Care Los Angeles Housing Subsidized Programs. The Housing Retention Specialist also works to improve the health of homeless individuals by assisting with the provision of stable housing, development of a comprehensive treatment plan and facilitating linkages to medical care, mental health care, alcohol/substance use treatment, housing retention and other supportive services.


PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:


· Conducts comprehensive assessments (CES surveys, ASAM/ASI, vulnerability index tools etc.) to determine appropriate housing options, case management and other supportive service needs.


· Conducts on-going quarterly needs and financial assessments to identify client’s continued housing, supportive service needs and barriers to maintaining permanent supportive housing.


· Develops individualized case plans with measurable goals and objectives to assist participants in achieving their desired outcomes.


· Develops and networks with representatives in other agencies/community based agencies to support individuals in attaining services such as housing, mental health care, medical treatment, financial assistance, legal advocacy, etc.


· Networks and collaborates with community based organizations to obtain referrals and ensure contractual capacity is met.


· Responsible for networking, collaborating and assisting participants in locating and obtaining housing in an expedient manner in line with the Housing First Model.


· Provides intensive case management services, self-help groups/workshops, assistance with completing applications, as well as on-going guidance and education to clients as they transition into permanent supportive housing.


· Performs home visits, eviction prevention, budgeting, life skills coaching, and other housing retention services to support clients with sustaining permanent supportive housing.


· Documents client’s progress related to their participation in housing and supportive services, intake and exit/discharges into the HMIS data system and DHS CHAMP data system within required deadlines.


· Implements and consistently practices harm reduction, trauma informed care, housing first and integrated care interventions.


· Able to serve a diverse vulnerable client populations and communicate effectively in a culturally competent manner.


· Able to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment, utilizing professional, open and respectful communication. Maintains a solution focused, strengths based and client centered approach with managers, co-workers and clients of HHCLA.


· Maintains client records according to HIPAA and adheres to all client confidentiality requirements and standards.


· Complies and maintains familiarity with agency and program policies and procedures and other applicable regulations.


· Attends and participates in supervision, staff meetings, trainings, conferences, workshops, and special projects to promote professional development.


· Models HHCLA approach, mission and core values in all communication, correspondence, community events, coalitions and advocacy efforts.


· HHCLA works with many clients of different special populations which includes, but is not limited to the following: Veteran Clients and veteran specific duties, Older adults, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, Justice Involved Individuals, Transitional Aged Youth, etc.


· Reports to work on time and maintains reliable and regular attendance.


· Maintains current licensing and/or certification as required for position.


· Other duties as assigned.



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