Homelessness Prevention Program Advocate

Job Type

Full Time

Published

06/22/2018

Address

105 Chauncy Street, Suite 502
Boston
MA

United States

Description

HomeStart's Prevention Program works with low-income households in housing crisis who are currently housed but at risk of eviction and homelessness due to non-payment of rent. This position work one-on-one with households facing non-payment eviction to help them preserve their tenancies and stabilize their housing situation. The ideal candidate will have experience with housing advocacy or case management, a commitment to social and economic justice and dedication to working with vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct client assessment and intake to determine eligibility with thoughtfulness and compassion.
  • Help people in crisis to problem-solve and develop realistic strategies and "next steps".
  • Help clients retain housing by developing an Individualized Service Plan (ISP).
  • Link clients with outside resources for ongoing stabilization support.
  • Assign tasks to clients as appropriate, with the aim of strengthening self-sufficiency. Monitor progress and provide needed support.
  • Communicate and mediate with property managers, attorneys, medical providers, and others to facilitate housing retention.
  • Complete file and record-keeping requirements, including program eligibility and requests for rental assistance.
  • Assist clients with budgeting and money management.
  • Be available to meet with clients in the field when appropriate. This position will require accompanying clients to housing court.
  • Cultivate knowledge of area resources and participate in collaborations with other agencies.
  • Participate in staff activities, such as monthly meetings and other activities as scheduled.
  • Complete required data entry in a timely fashion. Maintain client files as proscribed and case notes that log all necessary client information.

Required Skills:

  • Two years of experience providing housing advocacy or case management to at-risk or otherwise vulnerable populations; working knowledge of landlord-tenant issues preferred.
  • Patient, respectful demeanor toward people in crisis; dedication to helping vulnerable individuals stabilize their housing and increase their self-sufficiency.
  • Ability to work with and set appropriate boundaries with clients who are from diverse backgrounds and who have multiple personal challenges, such as mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experienced with computerized databases, preferably HUD Homeless Information Management System (HMIS).
  • Bilingual language capacity strongly preferred.

HomeStart is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Persons of color and formerly homeless individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

Benefits

HomeStart offers: Generous benefits package, a dynamic staff, flexibility, and a supportive work environment.

Level of Language Proficiency

None

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to Vinny Wisniewski at wisniewski@homestart.org.


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