Rapid Housing Search Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $37,000
Maximum: $42,000




434 Harrison Avenue
United States


 REQ. #18-66


 LOCATION:  PSI Shelters and Community locations 

 SCHEDULE: 40 hours, Monday – Friday, 10:30AM- 7:00 PM., this schedule requires flexibility due to program needs; early mornings, weekends, holidays and evenings may be required



The Rapid Housing Search Specialist (RHSS) will work as part of a coordinated and integrated interagency team of housing search specialist across the Boston Rapid Re-Housing continuum. The RHSS will work assertively to identify the units necessary to meet the housing needs of this developing Rapid Re-Housing system. The RHSS will work with brokers, landlords, government agencies, and property management companies to cultivate, develop and maintain all types of housing options in and around Boston. Leveraging all available housing search resources and expanding to right –size the number of properties for this initiative. A virtual clearing house of available properties inside and around Boston will be established so that homeless individuals can be quickly matched to appropriate properties. The RHSS will work in conjunction with the Partnership Manager and the Director for Rapid Re-Housing and Triage to build capacity for shared living and securing units outside of Boston. There will be a RHSS located at four partner agencies. Each RHSS will individually be responsible for securing a specific number of units leveraging all housing search resources and ensuring that we are not duplicating housing search efforts. The RHSS will work within a Housing First framework. The RHSS works in concert with Boston shelter triage teams and the CAS system to ensure coordination across the homeless services system.



  •  Associates in a human services related field [may be substituted for High School diploma with at least three (3) years of equivalent experience in a social service setting]
  •  Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License with a clean driving record
  •  A minimum of two (2) years of experience delivering services to a challenged population often struggling with addiction and untreated or under-treated mental health concerns
  •  Strong computer and math skills - including familiarity with MS Word, Excel and the ability to learn and successfully use MIS & HMIS programs
  •  Practical experience in creating housing plans and individual service plans, client assessments, diversion, mediation, negotiation, motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, crisis prevention and intervention, household budgeting, rapid re-housing and service planning, recovery services – including mental health, substance use/abuse and traumatic brain injury
  •  Working Knowledge of Housing First and Rapid Rehousing
  •  Experience in client assessment, trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, negotiation, household budgeting, and housing/community referrals, case management and service planning
  •  Knowledge of the issues related to homelessness and housing
  •  Working knowledge of human services systems, housing subsidy programs and homeless referral networks
  •  Ability to stand for moderate periods of time, stretch, bend, lift and assist guests up and down stairs during difficult and/or emergency situations.
  •  Ability to respond safely and quickly in case of emergency situations
  •  Ability to sit for moderate periods of time at a desk in an office while interacting with clients and/or managing documentation and completing data entry
  •  Must be able to drive a PSI vehicle for work use


PAY: $18.21 DOE


Pine Street Inn offers generous time off and carries a full range of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement plan.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish preferred but not required.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply


Please apply online, and include a resume along with your application. If you have volunteer experience that bears on the job requirements, please include that information in your resume.