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Housing Navigator- Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program - $500 Bonus!

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Pathways to Housing DC
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Published 22 days ago

Pathways to Housing DC (Pathways DC) is an innovative nonprofit agency committed to ending homelessness for individuals with serious mental illnesses, co-occurring substance abuse disorders and/or other medical challenges in our Nation's capital. Pathways is one of the originators of "Housing First", in which services are provided to those in need without conditions and pre-housing requirements such as curfews, mandated sobriety or compliance with medication.

The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Housing Navigator works as part of the Pathways Permanent Supportive Housing Program (PSH) Housing First team to end chronic homelessness for District residents. The EHV Housing Navigator facilitates ‘active’ linkages before, during, and after permanent housing has been established, consistent with the Housing First model.

General Duties

·       Guide and support people experiencing homelessness through the housing search process

·       Mitigate any issues with credit reports, utility arrears, criminal records, and/or unfavorable landlord references

·       Participate in the housing needs assessment process to identify each person’s housing preferences

·       Assist participants with completing housing applications and securing housing of their choice.

·       Transport participants to housing appointments, housing authority appointments and occasional visits to relevant social service agencies.

·       Assist with landlord and DC Housing Authority (DCHA) applications for permanent housing and in preparing/obtaining any needed documentation

·       Negotiate with DCHA officials for timely inspections and landlord corrective action requests

·       Assist participants with expanded housing searches when necessary to ensure timely permanent housing

·       Provide advocacy to help address issues and barriers between landlord and participant that may prevent move in.

·       Provide information and instruction to participants regarding how to complete a housing application, housing search, tenant rights and responsibilities, including observation of rental agreement rules, and being a good neighbor.

·       Follow-up with each participant as needed to ensure they are making progress towards their housing placement goals.

·       Develop strong working relationships, through active outreach, with a wide range of landlords and property management companies.

·       Work as part of a team including the participants case manager to address any emerging issues related to housing and community adjustment

·       Help Veterans build social support systems in their new area of residence

Landlord/Property Management Relation Responsibilities:

·       In collaboration with the Pathways Housing Department, connect with landlords via neighborhood outreach, Internet search, and networking events.

·       Advocate with landlords for participants with such rental barriers as prior evictions, poor credit, and criminal history;

·       Conduct rent reasonableness assessments and complete environmental reviews on buildings where units are located.

·       Conduct apartment pre-inspections and work with landlords to correct any deficiencies.

·       Build and maintain positive relationships with private landlords and other housing providers to expand Housing Forward’s landlord portfolio;

Operational

·       Attend weekly staff and case review meetings.

·       Participate in on- and off-site staff trainings, workshops, and outreach events as needed.

·       Maintain accurate participant/tenant files, including entering data into HMIS.

·       Document and retain copies of all communications with landlords and tenants.

·       Regularly document updates in clinical charts for each participant on caseload

·       Actively participate in staff meetings and complete trainings as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

·       Bachelor’s degree in business administration, social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, or related service/science disciplines and one (1 year) of experience involving engagement with landlords or property managers, in real estate, or conducting appropriate connections of individuals, especially those experiencing homelessness, to housing services.

·       Knowledge of housing resources, subsidy programs and the Continuum of Care for individuals experiencing homeless, as well as experience working with landlords and property managers is preferred. or real estate related disciplines.

·       An applicant without a bachelor’s degree can meet minimum qualifications by substituting at least three (3) years of work experience in a social service and/or human service field, business administration, or experience involving engagement with landlords or property managers, in real estate, or conducting appropriate connections of individuals, especially those experiencing homelessness, to housing services.

·        Certification and/or licensure in relevant discipline (e.g., certified addictions counselor) may also substitute for educational requirements.

·       Individuals with lived experience are encouraged to apply.

·       Demonstrates common sense and good judgment.

·       Demonstrate a working knowledge of Housing First and low barrier housing principals.

·       Effective written and communication skills

·       Ability to cope/resolve conflicts and crisis situations

·       Proficient in use of computers, including Microsoft Office

·       Ability to develop relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders

·       Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

·       Desire, creativity, and flexibility to work in an innovative and fast growing agency

·       Valid driver’s license and clean driving record

Pathways to Housing DC (Pathways DC) is an innovative nonprofit agency committed to ending homelessness for individuals with serious mental illnesses, co-occurring substance abuse disorders and/or other medical challenges in our…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 2, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

Up to $50,000

Benefits

Excellent benefits include choice of multiple health and dental options, generous paid leave and group 403(b) retirement with company match.

Excellent benefits include choice of multiple health and dental options, generous paid leave and group 403(b) retirement with company match.

Location

On-site
828 Evarts Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20018, United States

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