Homelessness Prevention Program Advocate

Job Type

Full Time




105 Chauncy Street, Suite 502

United States


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.


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

Level of Language Proficiency


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.