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Housing Specialist

About Swords to Plowshares 

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and training, supportive housing, and legal benefits assistance for low-income, homeless and at-risk veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities. Learn more about the work of Swords to Plowshares, and ways in which you can help, by visiting our website at: https://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/.  

 

Job Title  

Housing Specialist - San Francisco 


Location  

1060 Howard street, San Francisco, CA 94103 


Employment Type 

Full-time, non-exempt 

 

Schedule 

Monday – Friday  

8:00am – 4:00pm 

 

Summary 

The Supportive Services for Veterans Families program seeks a Housing Specialist to work in collaboration with the Case Manager and the Health and Social Services Program staff in finding appropriate permanent housing and/or eviction prevention interventions for veterans of the program. The Housing Specialist will utilize community-based partnerships with Supportive Housing Programs, VA VASH Voucher Program, and market-rate rental landlords to establish and expand housing resources and eviction prevention remedies. They will work with the Case Manager to ensure the smooth transition into permanent housing and maintain a supportive relationship with the veteran to sustain permanent housing within the community. This function includes being a resource for staff regarding housing placements and applications. This position reports to the SSVF Program Manager. 


Responsibilities 

  • Place program participants into permanent housing, coordinate eviction prevention services, review and append individualized housing stability plan as needed 
  • Maintain a working understanding of the readjustment problems of veterans, post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, alcohol and drug dependency and other mental health issues 
  • Adhere to laws regarding confidentiality and reporting requirements; maintain knowledge of current HIPAA certification standards 
  • Maintain timely and appropriate documentation, including progress notes, group notes, housing stability plans, aftercare plans and discharge summaries 
  • Keep abreast of local housing resources and the client referral process 
  • Maintain case management functions, e.g., record keeping, client services 
  • Input HMIS/ETO data and record management 
  • Engage in group facilitation regarding housing retention and money management 
  • Participate in weekly client case conference meetings, weekly supervision with the Program Manager and other meetings as required or necessary to carry out the job functions 
  • Perform other related duties as required by the Program Manager and/or Director of Supportive Services 


Requirements 

Education 

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of college courses and experience 

Experience 

  • Three (3) years of experience working with “hard to serve” individuals, including homeless, substance abusers and those with mental health issues in areas of housing stabilization, placement and retention 
  • Translatable military experience and skills may be alternatively substituted 

Qualifications 

  • Knowledge of current HIPAA certification standards 
  • Knowledge of local area housing resources 
  • Understanding and basic knowledge of mental health symptoms and diagnoses, psychosocial stressors, chemical dependency issues 
  • Ability to recognize relapse behavior 
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time 
  • Ability to travel for outreach to community resources, appointments, meetings, and housing inspections 
  • Ability to be work both independently as well as a team member 
  • Ability to perform all essential job requirements and responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodation 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative

Skills 

  • Crisis intervention, de-escalation and conflict resolution skills 
  • Good listening, written, and communication skills 


Benefits 

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits: 

  • Excellent medical and dental packages 
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution 
  • 17 vacation days in the first year 
  • 12 holidays every year 
  • Wellness program 


About Swords to Plowshares 

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Location

On-site
1060 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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