Housing Specialist-PACT

Job Type

Full Time

Published

10/22/2018

Address

Boston
MA
United States

Description

  • Assist Persons Served to obtain affordable, safe/decent, and permanent housing of their choice by assessing eligibility, conducting housing searches, assisting with applications for the opportunities for which they are eligible, and following up on applications submitted.
  • Assist Persons Served in moving and setting up household.
  • Coach Persons Served to meet requirements of residency.
  • Assist the Housing Clinician to create and maintain a collection of housing resources (applications, contacts for legal recourse and advocacy, and interventions) for the benefit of Persons Served and ensure easy access to all PACT Team members.
  • Provide cross-training to other team members regarding best practices in assisting Persons Served to maintain housing and in best practices to ensure the privacy of Persons Served in their homes.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with landlords, property management companies, and housing authority staff to facilitate housing searches and to resolve potential tenancy issues.
  • Conduct, or contribute to, the comprehensive assessment of Persons Served.
  • Provide treatment and rehabilitation services to all persons served by the team including skills training and support in all areas of functioning including: symptom management, coping skills, substance abuse, vocational and educational, housing, activities of daily living, benefits counseling, money management, public transportation, appointment attendance, social and recreational, etc.
  • Collaborate with natural supports and extended support networks as requested by Persons Served.
  • Participate in and contribute to daily organizational meetings and treatment planning meetings.
  • Contribute to the overall functioning of the PACT team by sharing in the administrative responsibilities of shift management, weekend coverage, and on-call coverage on a rotating basis as assigned.
  • Provide crisis assessment, prevention, and needed intervention during the work day and while on-call on nights and weekends as scheduled.
  • Complete all required documentation including service notes, incident reports, and outcomes reporting.


Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation, Psychology, Social Work, or a related area.
  • At least two years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental health issues or similar human service needs.
  • Housing experience preferred.
  • Professional writing and oral communications skills.
  • Strong commitment to the right and ability of each person with a severe and persistent mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful, adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services.
  • High degree of personal organization, attention to detail, and time management skills.
  • Proficiency in word processing and other computer functions using Windows, Word, and Google Email and Apps.
  • Use of personal cellular telephone for work communication.
  • Ability to climb stairs and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Valid driver's license and use of one’s personal vehicle.
  • Driving License Required


Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree


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