Housing Resource Specialist (Part-Time)

Job Type

Part Time

Published

09/04/2018

Address

Morristown
NJ
United States

Description

Our Mission:

Family Promise of Morris County mobilizes community resources and people to end the crisis of homelessness faced by Morris County families and individuals by providing a continuum of services leading to self-sufficiency.


Job Description:

The Housing Resource Specialist is responsible for working closely with the case management staff in order to assist families participating in our shelter and housings programs, in identifying and transitioning into appropriate housing opportunities. Program participants face many barriers to housing that can make the process a challenge, including criminal backgrounds, poor credit history, mental health challenges, substance use issues, landlord screening and others. A primary function of this position is to assist individuals and families in finding and implementing solutions to housing barriers. This is done by promoting and marketing the housing programs, creating and maintaining community relationships with landlords, and maintaining a flow of information to potential participants, administration and supportive service partners. 


This is a part-time position, approximately 20 to 25 hours per week; although hours and schedules may vary weekly. The Housing Resource Specialist will work as part of a dynamic, innovative team that embraces a creative environment.


Duties:

  • Function as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary team with the organization’s employees, volunteers and community agencies
  • Assist with management of 3 HUD Voucher programs, and other Rental Assistance programs, including applications, maintaining complete and accurate documentation of service objectives and outcomes in accordance with grant guidelines, research/knowledge of grant rules and regulations and in accordance with agency and best practices
  • Research housing related themes and collect/organize housing information
  • Conduct trainings and workshops for individuals and families, including tenant rights and responsibilities, housing discrimination, communicating with landlords, and how to be a good neighbor
  • Meet program budgets by monitoring expenses and implementing cost-saving or expenditure actions
  • Conduct trainings and workshops for current and prospective landlords
  • Outreach to realtors, landlords, housing developers and other housing providers to identify new and existing housing opportunities and build a strong inventory of available housing options
  • Build and maintain a database of landlords
  • Network with other agencies, coalitions and local community meetings
  • Monitor and evaluate each household’s progression through their housing search plan, and develop adjustments to the plan as needed
  • Accompany individuals and families to look at potential units
  • Assist individuals and families with housing applications, completing supportive and subsidized housing paperwork
  • Advocate for individuals and families with prospective landlords
  • Assist families as needed during their move into permanent housing. Such assistance may include working with funders, accessing donated furnishings, coordinating with volunteer movers, and coordinating transportation
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings as directed
  • Other duties as assigned


Skills/Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Realtor or Property Management Experience Preferred
  • Familiarity with Morris County housing and local community preferred
  • Comparable Housing Locator experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Bilingual (Spanish) skills a plus
  • Experience with providing services to the homeless and low-income population preferred. The candidate must be able to develop strong working relationships with client population, be able to relate to individuals making significant life decisions, and be supportive of individuals’ increasing independence.
  • Must also be able to provide effective training, prepare written reports, and maintain client documentation
  • Effective and Efficient Verbal and Written Communication
  • Ability to Work Independently or Within a Team
  • Attention to Detail
  • Effective Decision Making
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Integrity, Commitment and Passion
  • Flexibility
  • Maturity, Sense of Humor, Common Sense and the Ability to Relate Well to Others
  • Background Check, Fingerprinting, Valid NJ Driver's License and Vehicle Required

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (Spanish) skills a plus

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

info@familypromisemorris.org

Cover letters and resumes should be sent via email only to info@familypromisemorris.org (faxes or hard copies will not be accepted).


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