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Community Housing Specialist

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HIPS
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Washington, DC

HIPS


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Published 7 days ago

December 1, 2020
November 27, 2020
$38,000 - $40,000

SUMMARY

The Community Housing Specialist (CHS) will serve as an integral team member of our Housing and Supportive Services Team in the Social Services Department. CHS will provide housing navigation, case management, and referrals to services at the Center for Health and Achievement. The CHS' work at the Center to identify individuals experiencing homelessness, particularly those who are LGBTQ and/or have mental health concerns or engage in substance use. CHS will perform housing assessments, link to services, build trust, and inform individuals of resources that may be available to them, including housing resources, public benefits, medical support and mental health resources. The CHS supports the activities of the Social Services Department, reporting to the Social Services Coordinator. The CHS should have experience with and be comfortable interacting with people experiencing homelessness, drug users, sex workers, and transgender individuals.

Responsibilities:

● Maintain and execute an organized and efficient case management routine that includes taking scheduled and walk-in appointments with individuals experiencing homelessness.

● Work to build the trust and confidence of clients;

● Perform housing assessments including the VI-SPDAT, SPDAT, and TAY-VI-SPDAT;

● Provide accurate information to clients about resources that may be available to them, including

information on benefits and housing, mental health, substance use, and medical resources;

● Provide personalized assistance to clients to help them achieve housing stability; Provide referrals and linkages to psychological assessments as needed/required; Assist clients in gaining access to vital records;

● Assist clients in accessing SSI/SSDI as applicable;

● Assist clients in meeting goals of attaining employment, including working with relevant DC agencies such as DOES;

● Assist clients in meeting goals of education, including working with relevant agencies such as the Re-Engagement Center;

● Lead regular community group housing meetings with prospective clients to discuss the landscape of services and resources in DC’s Continuum of Care;

● Collect and manage clear and accurate data for all work performed;

● Comply with all program protocols, including those regarding confidentiality of

client information;

● Complete employee orientation and all mandatory program trainings to guarantee appropriate competency in program requirements;

● Participate in all staff and program meetings, site visits with funders, required network events, and mandatory trainings;

● Keep the supervisor informed of all problems, challenges and conflicts related to the job; and perform other duties as assigned.

● Represent HIPS at meetings, training sessions, and community outreach activities External Education and Capacity Building:

● Increase HIPS data tracking infrastructure and capabilities and move towards clients drop in center visits being tracked within HMIS.

● Update DOH CAREware systems with information in regard to RW eligible clients

● Facilitate harm reduction, public health, or cultural competency workshops & trainings to be delivered to partner organizations and incoming volunteers.

● Coordinate with case workers to increase skills and build capacity across direct service programs.

Administrative Duties

● Participates in 1-2 housing, drug tx, or other social service or advocacy committees of choosing.

● Provides presentations in community as assigned.

● Document program data in HIPS systems for program report: Apricot Core and Google Suite to create continuity for the program and increase the impact of our program.

Additional Responsibilities

● Attend weekly staff meetings, weekly one-on-one supervisions, team meetings, and monthly staff development days to share information and plan program work in a team environment.

● As part of a team, share in other organizational responsibilities as required including general administrative work, and volunteer training and representing HIPS to at least (2) community stakeholder groups.

● Attend appropriate local, regional and national meetings to seek out current information about housing wrap around services to disseminate information about HIPS programs to others..

Qualifications and Skills Requirement

The position requires knowledge of local community of individuals experiencing homelessness, drug users, sex workers and transgender individuals. Passion for the mission of HIPS, including a strong commitment to working to improve the health and quality of life of people experiencing homelessness. Must have demonstrated knowledge of homelessness services, benefits, mental health and medical services available to no/low-income individuals, along with an interest and ability to expand knowledge through training. Knowledge of DC community resources/services is important, particularly in Wards 5-8. Ability to assess clients for needs related to housing, substance use, and mental health services. Experience with issues that put people at risk for homelessness is also highly helpful, such as incarceration, domestic violence, poverty, and trauma. Strong communication skills are essential. Demonstrate ability to conduct sensitive, empathetic interviews and conversations that highly respect the dignity and diversity of clients. Ability to engage staff and clients in a supportive and empowering way. Ability to help manage conflict. Ability to maintain client records and information in an accurate, timely and confidential manner. Personal qualities including energy, intelligence, diplomacy, sound practical judgment, the ability to work independently during periods of less supervision; the ability to work effectively in a busy environment; and the interpersonal skills to work effectively in partnership with other program staff and others in the agency. Individuals with lived experience of homelessness are encouraged to apply. This is a full time position with benefits.

SUMMARY

The Community Housing Specialist (CHS) will serve as an integral team member of our Housing and Supportive Services Team in the Social Services Department. CHS will provide housing navigation, case management, and referrals to…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Other Education Requirement
  • Professional

Benefits

HIPS comprehensive benefits package includes: 100% employer sponsored medical (Aetna - PPO) , dental (MetLife Platinum), vision, and life plans as well as accrued paid time off that begins accruing on your first day at HIPS. As an employee, you have access to a health flexible spending account, ancillary benefits and an employee assistance program. After one year of service, employees may enroll in HIPS 401k retirement plan.

HIPS comprehensive benefits package includes: 100% employer sponsored medical (Aetna - PPO) , dental (MetLife Platinum), vision, and life plans as well as accrued paid time off that…

Level of Language Proficiency

The position requires knowledge of local community of individuals experiencing homelessness, drug users, sex workers and transgender individuals. Passion for the mission of HIPS, including a strong commitment to working to improve the health and quality of life of people experiencing homelessness. Must have demonstrated knowledge of homelessness services, benefits, mental health and medical services available to no/low-income individuals, along with an interest and ability to expand knowledge through training. Knowledge of DC community resources/services is important, particularly in Wards 5-8. At least 3 years of experience working directly with folks experiencing homelessness. 

The position requires knowledge of local community of individuals experiencing homelessness, drug users, sex workers and transgender individuals. Passion for the mission of…

Location

906 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to “work@hips.org” with your last name and “CHS” in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Make sure to include your cover letter - incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please send a cover letter and resume to “work@hips.org” with your last name and “CHS” in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Make sure to include your cover letter - incomplete…

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