Americorps Housing Search and Information Specialist
- Job posted by Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
Details: There is a living stipend, paid b-weekly over the course of the service year.
312 West Huron Street
Eight million Americans are one paycheck away from becoming homeless. In Washtenaw County, 5000 people are experiencing homelessness. The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC) was established in 1982, and is the primary provider of services and emergency shelter for Washtenaw County individuals. SAWC is housed at the Robert J. Delonis Center in downtown Ann Arbor. SAWC works with a diverse range of people struggling with homelessness, including first-time homelessness, veterans, domestic violence survivors, and people battling substance abuse and/or mental health issues. Services are offered through our core programs: Residential Emergency Shelter, Non-Residential, Shelter Diversion, Critical-Time Intervention, and Warming Shelter. The SAWC serves almost 1500 people annually.
Ending homelessness, one person at a time.
About the position:
The Housing Search and Information Specialist will serve at the Shelter Association as a member of the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness's AmeriCorps Program. This is a service opportunity position. It is for one year and for a total of 1700 hours (about 32 hours per week). The service term is from October 8, 2018 – October 4, 2019. Americorps is a national service program where individuals commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting homelessness, preparing for disasters, and more. The Americorps program is often noted as the "domestic peace-corps" helping those in need in local communities throughout the United States.
The Housing Search and Information Specialist Position will:
- Assist with intakes to assess the housing needs of that client
- Address housing barriers for the client
- Create/update lists of available housing for the clients to choose from
- Connect clients with necessary funds to pay for security deposits, rental fees, or utility payments
- Maintain/develop relationships with local landlords
- Assist with independent living skills support related to addressing income and housing stabilization needs
- Gather and disperse food and clothing donations to clients
- Facilitate delivery of needed household items to clients who receive housing
- Generate information materials for clients, such as newsletters/pamphlets/etc.
- Provide follow-up support services as needed
- Assist client in housing search, based upon a “Housing First” philosophy
- Please list what you need the person to do here. Try to make these tasks sound as interesting as possible.
They will also aid in recruiting and training volunteers, attend a member orientation, trainings, complete a signature service project, and submit quarterly reports on their role.
- Willingness to adhere to NASW Code of Ethics
- Possess a high level of cultural competency
- Able to be mindful of personal boundaries, ethical obligations, and the primacy of client needs
- Bilingual or American Sign Language ability a plus
- Commitment to economic justice, civil, and human rights issues
- Exhibit a commitment to diversity and issues related to poverty
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or a lawful, permanent resident of the U.S. and provide a copy of a birth certificate, passport or permanent resident card to prove citizenship
- Have completed of some college or comparable work experience
- Must be able to complete a full term of service (one year)
- Pass the following criminal history checks in accordance with CTEH National Service Criminal History Check policy: State of Michigan, DHS Central Registry Clearance, FBI fingerprinting, and National Sex Offender Registry
- Have a car or can arrange reliable transportation to and from service site, multiple mandatory training sessions in Lansing, and travel on behalf of site
- Possess proficiency with word processing software and email
- Be able to interact respectfully with individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds
- A stipend totaling $13,732 for FT, paid bi-weekly over the course of the service year
- Upon successful completion of the term, an education award, $5,920 for FT
- Health insurance, provided for by the program
Level of Language Proficiency
No specific language requirements.
Minimum Education Required