Project Access of Durham County (PADC), a non-profit organization, provides access to donated specialty medical care and services to low income uninsured residents of Durham County and administers the Durham Homeless Care Transitions (DHCT) project. The Housing Specialist will support homeless and housing unstable individuals in Durham who are transitioning out of the hospital, mental health crisis centers or the jail with the goal of improving health and connection to primary care, housing, and other support services. This position will be directly supervised by DHCT Program and Case Manager.
- Support care transitions by implementing short-term housing plan, including determining placement options, making arrangements with facilities, connecting client to transportation and other services needed.
- Support client to obtain permanent housing, including assure patient added to system-wide homeless database, request and attend homeless care review, determine housing options and assist to complete applications, identify options for housing choice voucher holders and advocate with prospective landlords, secure funds for move-in costs as needed.
- Support client to engage in their own care by facilitating new behaviors and providing guidance/modeling to client for improved self-management skills, assist individuals with riding the bus or obtaining van services, maintaining health and safety, and developing skills to maintain permanent housing.’
- May drive clients to appointments and to look for housing.
- Maintain client records accurately.
- Participate in community meetings as assigned, develop and maintain relationships with community partners, and represent the program.
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience). At least one year directly relevant experience required. Ability to exhibit exceptional interpersonal skill and to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations. Open-minded (non-judgmental). Ability to work in the community, including non-traditional work settings such as clinic/hospital waiting rooms, street corners, or client homes. Interest and ability to work with clients with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. Knowledge of housing and housing related resources helpful. Must have own transportation (car) and valid NC driver’s license.
Position offers health insurance (premium paid for high deductible plan plus contribution to Health Savings Account), dental insurance, and matching 3% contribution to IRA. 17 days paid time off plus 10 holidays.
Minimum Education Required