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Housing Counselor – Yonkers, NY - Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

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Position Description

Reporting to the Attorney-in-Charge of the Yonkers office, the Housing Counselor is responsible for working with individuals and families residing in Westchester in the Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP) who are experiencing housing instability. The Housing Counselor will meet with clients on a regular basis to devise Housing Stability Assessments that will assist clients in maintaining housing through budgeting, linkage with employment services, referral to other social supports, and access to rental arrears and other financial assistance, when appropriate. The Housing Counselor will conduct outreach as well as meet with clients on a regular basis to collect documentation and update information required by the funder. Additionally, the Housing Counselor will provide support to the Yonkers office as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare intake applications, review financial qualifications, and describe STEHP to potential participants
  • Assess and recommend clients residing in Westchester in eviction cases for admission to the STEHP
  • Collect documentation from Staff Attorneys and other sources to establish client eligibility
  • Identify clients for rental arrears and other financial assistance, when appropriate
  • Create Housing Stability Assessments with clients
  • Assist clients with completion of housing applications and conduct follow-up calls to schedule appointments to witness lease signing and check delivery
  • Conduct research on other rental or utility subsidies available
  • Conduct home-visits for habitability determination and conduct research to determine reasonableness and any other HUD related standards
  • Meet with clients weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, based on need to discuss habitability conditions, rental expense, financial and budgeting obstacles
  • Determine household revenues and create budget plans including modifying spending and establishing savings, when needed, to enhance longer term financial and housing stability
  • Make referrals to employment programs, assist with resume building, mock interviews and referrals applications
  • Provide follow-up with families who are working on goals that address the root causes of homelessness
  • Conduct community outreach to educate community members and service providers on the STEHP
  • Work with landlords to provide STEHP participants with safe and affordable housing and attend landlord/client interviews
  • Train new Housing Counselors
  • Assist the Housing Coordinator and Staff Attorneys in maintaining accurate reporting of outcomes and with consumers including demographics of population served
  • Complete paperwork and case recording in compliance with federal, state and local requirement
  • Collaborate with other agencies to cover rental arrears
  • Attend and engage in staff meetings, trainings and supervision
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

The person hired will be expected to adhere to program and case handling standards, funder requirements, and the highest professional standards. The position requires occasional travel to locations within LSHV’s seven-county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Associate degree:
  • Experience in human services
  • Excellent working knowledge of computers and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and data entry
  • Strong written, interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Valid NYS Driver’s license and vehicle required

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) 

Position Description

Reporting to the Attorney-in-Charge of the Yonkers office, the Housing Counselor is responsible for working with individuals and families residing in Westchester in the Solutions to End Homelessness Program…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    March 14, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    March 7, 2022
  • Education
    2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level
Salary
USD $45,000 - USD $65,000
/ year
Dependent on experience

Benefits

PTO, Medical, Dental, Vision 403b

PTO, Medical, Dental, Vision 403b

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Yonkers, NY
Associated Location
30 S Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701, USA
6th floor

How to Apply

Please apply at our career center and include cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references:

Housing Counselor – Yonkers, NY - Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Please apply at our career center and include cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references:

Housing Counselor – Yonkers, NY - Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

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