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Mobile Housing Specialist

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HIPS
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Washington, DC

HIPS


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Published 8 days ago

December 1, 2020
December 1, 2020
$38,000 - $40,000Mileage Reimbursement for Use of Personal Vehicle

SUMMARY:

The Mobile Housing Specialist will assist LGBTQ (with a focus on Transgender) individuals involved in street economies, apply for, receive and keep permanent supportive housing (PSH) while also accessing supports for the mental health and substance abuse. Trained Mobile Housing Specialists will work through community and mental health substance abuse treatment organizations to support program participants to take full advantage of medical care to improve their health and quality of life.

HIPS’ Mobile Housing Specialist work in the community to identify individuals who are homeless and not receiving housing support, to build trust and inform them about living independently successfully in PSH and to provide personalized assistance to help them enter medical care for mental health and substance abuse issues, and to support them throughout the early part of their care until they are fully involved and can independently navigate the system for themselves.

Program Support/Direct Service/Training

● Identify individuals who in need of PSH in receiving referrals, utilizing organizational information about missed appointments, and conducting outreach at various community organizations and venues;

● Work to build the trust and confidence of clients;

● Provide accurate information to clients about developing their own life skills including bill paying, household shopping, and living as a courteous neighbor.

● Provide personalized assistance to clients to help them enroll or re-engage in mental health substance abuse treatment.

● Together with case managers and housing staff, support clients throughout the early part of their PSH so they participate fully, become educated, and can advocate for themselves;

● Help clients to develop confidence about their participation in PSH;

● Work with case managers to assist clients in identifying services to address other aspects of their life that affect their health, such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, domestic violence services, housing programs, and education and employment services;

● Submit clear and accurate data collection forms for all work performed;

● Comply with all program protocols, including those regarding confidentiality of client information; Complete employee orientation and all mandatory program trainings to guarantee appropriate competency in program requirements;

● Participate in all staff and program meetings, site visits with funders, required network events, and mandatory trainings;

● Keep supervisor informed of all problems, challenges and conflicts related to

job;

● Represent HIPS at meetings, training sessions, and community outreach

activities, and perform other duties as assigned.

External Education and Capacity Building:

● Increase HIPS data tracking infrastructure and capabilities and move towards clients’ drop in center visits being tracked within HMIS.

● Update DOH CAREware systems with information in regard to RW eligible clients;

● Facilitate harm reduction, public health, or cultural competency workshops & trainings to be delivered to partner organizations and incoming volunteers;

● Coordinate with case workers to increase skills and build capacity across direct service programs.

Administrative Duties

● Participates in 1-2 housing, drug tx, or other social service or advocacy committees of choosing;

● Provides presentations in community as assigned;

● Document program data in HIPS systems for program report: Apricot Core, Google Suite, CAREware to create continuity for the program and increase the impact of our program.

Additional Responsibilities

● Attend weekly staff meetings, weekly one-on-one supervisions, monthly managers meetings, and monthly staff development days to share information and plan program work in a team environment.

● As part of a team, share in other organizational responsibilities as required including general administrative work, and volunteer training and representing HIPS to at least (2) community stakeholder groups.

● Attend appropriate local, regional and national meetings to seek out current information about housing wrap around services to disseminate information about HIPS programs to others.

Qualifications and Skills Requirement: The position requires knowledge of local community of drug users, sex workers and transgender individuals. Passion for the mission of HIPS, including a strong commitment to working to improve the health and quality of life of people living in street economies and unstable housing. Must have demonstrated knowledge of mental health and substance abuse treatment services in the District of Columbia, along with an interest and ability to expand knowledge through training. Knowledge of DC community resources/services is important, particularly in Wards 5-8. Ability to assess clients for needs related to treatment education, risk reduction and prevention. Strong communication skills are essential. Demonstrated ability to conduct

sensitive, empathetic interviews and conversations that highly respect the dignity and diversity of clients. Ability to engage staff and clients in a supportive and empowering way. Ability to help manage conflict. Ability to maintain client records and information in an accurate, timely and confidential manner. Basic computer skills required. Personal qualities including energy, intelligence, diplomacy, sound practical judgment, the ability to work independently during periods of less supervision; the ability to work effectively in a busy office; and the interpersonal skills to work effectively in partnership with other program staff and others in the agency. Resourcefulness will be required to assist clients, as well as good judgement and decision making. A driver's license and vehicle as well as a high school diploma or GED is required for this position. Exceptions may be granted with otherwise qualified candidates when a commitment to complete a GED within a certain time period is made in conjunction with acceptance of employment. 


WORKING CONDITIONS

Estimated travel: 70-85% annually (domestic travel within DC city limits).

Other off-site duties include: attending community partner meetings and HIPS community events. Applicants must be able to repeatedly lift 25-50 pounds on a daily basis; work outdoors year-round for up to 8 hours a day, even in extreme temperatures; walk up and down stairs multiple times on a daily basis; stand and sit for up to 8 hours a day. This is a full-time position with benefits. Duties are mainly off-site or at meetings in the community during business hours with occasional on-site, weekend and evening duties. Some lifting, physical activity, walking up stairs and sitting will be required.

SUMMARY:

The Mobile Housing Specialist will assist LGBTQ (with a focus on Transgender) individuals involved in street economies, apply for, receive and keep permanent supportive housing (PSH) while also accessing supports for the mental…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Other Education Requirement
  • Professional

Benefits

HIPS comprehensive benefits package includes: 100% employer sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life plans as well as accrued paid time off that begins accruing on your first day at HIPS. As an employee, you have access to a health flexible spending account, ancillary benefits and an employee assistance program. After one year of service, employees may enroll in HIPS 401k retirement plan.

HIPS comprehensive benefits package includes: 100% employer sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life plans as well as accrued paid time off that begins accruing on your first day…

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Valid driver's license - Required
  • Reliable personal vehicle - Required
  • Valid car insurance - Required

**Mileage Reimbursement will be provided for Use of Personal Vehicle**

Precise attention to detail and the ability to use/learn to use data management systems like G Suite, Excel, and the Homeless Management Information System.

At least 3 years of experience working directly with folks experiencing homelessness.

  • Valid driver's license - Required
  • Reliable personal vehicle - Required
  • Valid car insurance - Required

**Mileage Reimbursement will be provided for Use of Personal Vehicle**

Precise…

Location

906 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to “work@hips.org” with your last name and “MHS” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Make sure to include your cover letter - incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please send a cover letter and resume to “work@hips.org” with your last name and “MHS” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Make sure…

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