The RESPOND, Inc Housing Specialist will work with survivors of Domestic Violence to find housing, transitional programs, safe living alternatives and/or maintain safe housing. RESPOND, Inc seeks an outgoing person who will build relationships with survivors, housing programs and landlords to help re-house our clients.
This role includes providing direct service, housing search support, and coaching to survivors of domestic violence in the RESPOND, Inc. shelter and in our Community Program in regards to housing. The Housing Coordinator protects and affirms the rights of individuals while helping them achieve independence by finding longer term safe housing and being responsive to their needs.
About the Opportunity: Reporting to the Residential Services Coordinator, the Housing Specialist:
-Informs, encourages and assists survivors in accessing appropriate programs, resources and services in order to promote a successful transition to longer term housing
-Works with each individual or family to get into housing and to support them when they have moved to maintain the housing opportunity as the survivor negotiates their way toward increased independence and self reliance
-Accompany clients by driving to view units, interview at programs, appeal decisions and other accompaniment
-Work collaboratively with Certified Domestic Violence Counselors and be a positive part of the team. -Works closely with community agencies and housing authorities. Cultivating and maintaining positive working relationships in the field
-Coordinates and facilitates regular housing groups
-Answers RESPOND's 24-hour hotline and provides emotional support, referrals and resources.
-Actively participates in weekly supervision and staff meeting
About RESPOND: RESPOND, Inc., a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence, is New England's first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. Since its inception in 1974, RESPOND has provided safety and support to over 65,000 victims of domestic violence including adults, teens and children. Through its Community Program, RESPOND provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual counseling, advocacy, support groups and children services. The Enhanced Shelter Program provides safe, confidential housing and comprehensive supportive services in a 21 bed facility. More information about RESPOND, Inc can be found at www.respondinc.org
Qualifications: The successful candidate will be highly motivated, forward thinking, energetic, and hard-working.
-BA or equivalent desired
-Must have or be willing to obtain the 25 hour Domestic Violence Counselor Certification.
-at least 2 years work experience in housing or related employment required
-Strong in building relationships with housing and other agencies
-Strong English language communication, writing and reading skills are required
-Fluency in a second language strongly desired
-Basic computer knowledge a necessity
-Consistent access to personal vehicle required
The hours for this position are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9-5 Wednesday 11-7
-Flexibility required due to program need
Pay range between $17-$24 per hour depending upon education and experience
Great benefits package
Resume and a letter of interest should be sent to Amanda@respondinc.org, no phone calls please
Excellent Benefits Package
Minimum Education Required