100 Pennsylvania Avenue
The Partnership for the Homeless has an immediate opening at our Family Resource Center (FRC) in East New York, Brooklyn, for a talented and creative Housing Advocate to join a multi-disciplinary team that works to assist families and individuals, who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, break free from the cycles of need and move toward greater economic opportunity and independence.
Some of the responsibilities of the Housing Advocate will include:
- Assisting homeless families secure decent, affordable housing, and those families at-risk maintain their housing or relocate to more suitable housing.
- Providing direct advocacy assistance to individual clients and client groups, which may involve, among other things, issues involving housing conditions and assistance at administrative hearings and in housing and other courts.
- Collaborating with and acting as a resource for other FRC staff on housing issues.
- Providing community education to clients, client groups, and staff of community-based organizations regarding housing issues.
-Developing and distributing educational and promotional materials to community members and staff at other organizations.
- Involving the FRC, to the extent possible, with building and small home owners on issues such as housing preservation, as part of a larger community development initiative.
- Working with legal aid/legal services attorneys and members of the private pro bono bar, as necessary, on legal issues impacting our clients and client groups
The qualifications of the Housing Advocate will include:
· BA/BS or advanced degree preferred
· Demonstrated commitment to working with homeless and at-risk clients;
· Experience in providing community-based services, with a strong expertise in housing;
· An understanding of the City’s housing market, and the ability to develop strong business relationships in the private housing market (real estate owners, developers, and brokers) and the supportive housing community;
· Excellent organizational, communication (written and oral), and leadership skills;
· The ability to work collaboratively with other staff and community-based organizations;
· A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
· A willingness to work non-traditional hours and days to meet project needs; and,
· Bilingual skills (strongly preferred but not required).
Competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.
Level of Language Proficiency
Bi-lingual, (englisb/spanish), preferred
Minimum Education Required