The goal of HIPS Mobile Housing Specialist is to assist LGBTQ (with a focus on Transgender) individuals involved in street economies, apply for, receive and keep PSH (Public Supportive Housing) while also accessing support for mental health and substance abuse. The Mobile Housing Specialists will work closely with clients to facilitate linkage to mental health & substance abuse treatment organizations. The purpose of this linkage is to support program participants in taking full advantage of medical care which will improve their health and quality of life. The goal of the MHS is to work in the community to identify individuals who are homeless and not receiving housing support, to build trust and inform them about living independently in PSH, to provide assistance with obtaining medical care for mental health and substance abuse issues, and to support them throughout the early part of their care until they are fully involved and can independently navigate the system for themselves.
Program Support/Direct Service/Training
● Identify individuals who in need of PSH in receiving referrals, utilizing organizational information about missed appointments, and conducting outreach at various community organizations and venues;
● Work to build the trust and confidence of clients;
● Provide accurate information to clients about developing their own life skills including bill paying, household shopping, and living as a courteous neighbor.
● Provide personalized assistance to clients to help them enroll or re-engage in mental health substance abuse treatment.
● Together with case managers and housing staff, support clients throughout the early part of their PSH so they participate fully, become educated, and can advocate for themselves;
● Help clients to develop confidence about their participation in PSH;
● Work with case managers to assist clients in identifying services to address other aspects of their life that affect their health, such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, domestic violence services, housing programs, and education and employment services;
● Submit clear and accurate data collection forms 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 supervisor informed of all problems, challenges and conflicts related to job;
● 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.
● 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.
● Participates in 1-2 housing, drug tx, or other social service or advocacy committees of
● Provides presentations in the 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
● Attend weekly staff meetings, weekly one-on-one supervisions, monthly managers 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.
The goal of HIPS Mobile Housing Specialist is to assist LGBTQ (with a focus on Transgender) individuals involved in street economies, apply for, receive and keep PSH (Public Supportive Housing) while also accessing support for mental health…
HIPS comprehensive benefits package includes: 100% employer sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life plans for each employee, as well as accrued paid time off that begins accruing on your first day at HIPS. Paid bereavement time issued annually. Access to a health flexible spending account, ancillary benefits like hospital, accident, critical illness, and prepaid legal insurance, discounted HIPS swag, and access to HIPS employee assistance program. After one year of service, full time employees may participate in HIPS 401k retirement plan.
HIPS comprehensive benefits package includes: 100% employer sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life plans for each employee, as well as accrued paid time off that begins…
Qualifications and Skills Requirement:
Applicants must be fully vaccinated for COVID 19. The position requires knowledge of local community of 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 living in street economies and unstable housing. Must have demonstrated knowledge of mental health and substance abuse treatment services in the District of Columbia, 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 treatment education, risk reduction and prevention. Strong communication skills are essential. Demonstrated 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. Basic computer skills required. 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 office; and the interpersonal skills to work effectively in partnership with other program staff and others in the agency. Resourcefulness will be required to assist clients, as well as good judgment and decision making. A high school diploma or GED is required for this position. Exceptions may be granted with otherwise qualified candidates when a commitment to complete a GED within a certain time period is made in conjunction with acceptance of employment.
Qualifications and Skills Requirement:
Applicants must be fully vaccinated for COVID 19. The position requires knowledge of local community of drug users, sex workers and…