2913 Kensington Avenue
Prevention Point Philadelphia
Job Title: Homeless Outreach Worker (part-time)
Reports To: Outreach Coordinator
Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP) is a multi-service public health organization dedicated to protecting the health and welfare of the homeless, drug users, sex workers, and the uninsured. Using a harm reduction approach, PPP offers culturally sensitive, non-judgmental services to address the health and social service needs of drug users and sex workers in Philadelphia. PPP meets people where they are, providing information and access to resources with dignity and respect. PPP promotes harm reduction through mobile medical care, sterile syringe exchange, referrals to social services, and comprehensive prevention case management services.
The Homeless and Substance Use Outreach Worker will assist in the operation of PPP’s expanding housing services program. Their work will focus on identifying and engaging homeless and unstably housed individuals in the community and assisting them in accessing necessary resources, particularly housing and drug treatment. This will involve canvassing out in the Kensington neighborhood, meeting people where they are and assisting them in accessing additional services. This work will build on PPP’s expertise in identifying and working with individuals who face addiction and/or homelessness. PPP currently runs several successful programs that will support this new program, including the Drop In Center, housing counseling and referrals, a respite shelter, co-located CBH and BHSI drug treatment access through CRAFT (Coordinated Referral and Facilitation to Treatment), other Case Management, Peer Navigation services, and services to help people get identification.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
1) Identify and engage individuals facing homelessness and addiction from the community by conducting street based outreach in areas frequented by housing unstable individuals.
2) Conduct brief assessments to identify individuals’ short term needs and readiness for housing placement and/or drug treatment.
3) Link individuals seeking recovery to drug treatment services by transporting them to CRAFT or an assessment center and assisting in the referral process.
4) Collaborate with the Housing Case Manager to assist individuals who meet criteria in accessing housing placements including emergency shelter, safe haven, Journey of Hope, and rapid re-housing.
5) Complete all necessary paperwork and data collection including entry of every encounter with individuals into the city’s homeless outreach tracking system (WebFocus).
6) Collaborate with referral service providers including hospital assessment centers, Office of Homeless Services (OHS), and Department of Behavioral Health (DBH).
7) Assist with outreach and re-linkage for those who have left treatment or housing placement
8) Participate in regular team meetings with Outreach Coordinator and Housing Case Manager.
9) Other duties as assigned by supervisor
Please note that activities will primarily be conducted in the community as well as PPP’s main office or on the mobile truck as needed.
- Skill in communicating effectively with a variety of people of different backgrounds
- Ability to use a harm reduction approach to housing and addiction
- Dynamic, creative, flexible, able to learn and adapt in a changing environment
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- At least one year experience with communities impacted by homelessness, poverty, substance use, and/or HIV/AIDS.
- Knowledge of Philadelphia homeless and housing services
- Knowledge of Philadelphia treatment process and systems preferred
- Valid driver’s license
- Demonstrated commitment to advocacy and social justice, particularly as related to harm reduction, poverty, and homelessness
- Bilingual preferred
- This position includes the normal physical demands of a community-based health program, including lifting/moving up to 25lbs, bending, and carrying. Other physical requirements include walking and standing for long periods and sitting for up to 30 minutes.
- This position requires travel to outreach locations within Philadelphia and the ability to work out-of-doors for up to 8 hours.
- This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act
Minimum Education Required