Peer Outreach and Engagement Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $48,000




2401 Virginia Avenue, NW
United States


The Peer Outreach and Engagement Specialist will conduct outreach to a caseload of high-priority sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness, administer VI-SPDAT assessments, help individuals collect identification documents in an effort to become ‘document ready’, and facilitate the housing process by acting as a liaison between the targeted individual and housing provider in a variety of settings. The Peer Outreach and Engagement Specialist will also target people who are reluctant to accept services and, if appropriate, use self-disclosure about their lived experience to build rapport and help people move through the stages of change.


• Provide housing match services to a primary caseload of high-priority people to facilitate the housing process and ensure successful housing placement.

• Continually outreach to people on the "Be on the Lookout" list.

• Provide outreach, case management, and housing navigation services in any setting necessary, including streets, shelters, hospitals, jails, and encampments.

• Provide referrals to medical, mental health, and substance abuse services as needed.

• Assist targeted people with applying for identification documents, entitlements, and other benefits.

• Collaborate with Miriam’s Kitchen’s SOAR Specialists to ensure that clients without income receive assistance applying for disability benefits as appropriate.

• Build rapport and utilize motivational interviewing strategies to support vulnerable people with moving through the stages of change and accepting an offer of housing.

• Attend Department of Behavioral Health trainings.

• Access the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to input VI-SPDAT assessments and upload people’s identification documents.

• Utilize computerized databases to maintain written and computerized records, compile reports, and complete other program documentation (e.g. case notes), while maintaining appropriate confidentiality of client information.

  • All other duties as assigned.



o Familiarity with the homeless services and housing landscape in Washington, DC.

o Spanish proficiency preferred.


• Comfortable operating computers, inputting information into a database, and documenting case notes.

• Strong communication skills and sense of boundaries.


• The ability to navigate DC via public transportation and on foot.

• Able to work in a variety of settings, including streets, shelters, hospitals, jails, and encampments.



o Certification as a Department of Behavioral Health Peer Specialist.

o Experience working in services for homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, or HIV/AIDS preferred.

Working Conditions:

o Must be able to lift and/or carry up to 20 lbs.

o Able to handle physically demanding work – to include but not limited to; standing and/or walking up to 5 hours per day in all types of weather.


Competitive salary. Benefits include generous annual leave; fully covered health, dental, and vision insurance; 403{b) retirement plan with employer contributions; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; and professional development funding.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Your subject line should read: Peer Outreach and Engagement Specialist.