ONG (Setor Social)

Rapid Rehousing Specialist

O trabalho pode ser executado em ou perto de Philadelphia, PA
Publicado há 8 dias

Resumo dos Detalhes

Tipo de Emprego
Tempo Integral
Data de Início
1 de julho de 2024
Ensino Superior Requerido
Nível de Experiência
USD $44.000 / ano


Who We Are

Covenant House PA is a force united by a promise to end youth homelessness as we know it in Pennsylvania. For over 24 years, we've led the way with community health initiatives and advocacy in local communities in Philadelphia and York. Covenant House PA provides shelter and a continuum of care for youth experiencing homelessness or commercial exploitation to make a significant impact with this critical issue.

Covenant House PA strives to perpetuate a culture of passionate, growth-minded professionals who thrive in a team environment and work collaboratively to inspire greatness! We take an ongoing approach to ensure open communication from all levels throughout the organization.

Program Description

The Embrace program is a joint transitional housing/rapid re-housing program serving 28 youth ages 18-24 transitioning from homelessness to permanent, stable housing. The program has 12 transitional housing (TH) slots and 24 Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) slots. The program promotes consumer choice, with youth choosing which program component, TH or RRH, they’d like to participate in. Youth in the Rapid Re-Housing component choose their housing in the community within the private rental market. The Housing Specialist carries a revolving caseload of 16 youth, assisting with housing search and placement along with leveraging supportive services that will assist the participant to maintain permanent housing. 

Position Summary:

Provides a variety of office and field activities to manage and monitor a rapid re-housing/transition-in-place program for youth, performs direct client services, and compiles related documentation. 

Work involves orienting all eligible participants to the program and providing trauma-informed, culturally competent housing search and supportive services to promote participants self-sufficiency, integration into the community, and permanency in housing; performing administrative tasks involved in the review and maintenance of a caseload of 16 program participants, youth ages 18-24 who’ve experienced homelessness, human trafficking and/or domestic violence. The principal duties are performed both in a general office environment and in the field and community where program participants reside.

Key Responsibilities:

  • This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.
  • Assess housing barriers of youth ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness to determine housing and service needs. Provide youth with all resulting information to inform their choice whether to enter the transitional housing or rapid re-housing component of the program.
  • Using Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework, assist participants in developing a housing procurement, financial, and self-sufficiency goal and action plan based on youth’s strengths and needs, goals, and eligibility.
  • Develop an effective, timely referral network in order to ensure ongoing direction and support as needed.
  • Provide mediation and advocacy with landlords on the youth’s behalf to develop a workable plan to obtain and/or maintain housing, including negotiating rents and security deposits.
  • Assist youth participants in locating and securing housing of their choice in the community within 45 days of program enrollment, providing youth with at least 3 housing units to choose from.
  • Apply knowledge of residential lease contracts to educate participants of their rights and responsibilities as a tenant; their monthly rental and utility contribution; safety and health standards; securing utilities and furniture; making moving arrangements; and reviewing housekeeping.
  • Create and maintain consistent communication channels, both verbal and written, between several parties (i.e. tenant/ youth participant, landlord, referral source, collaborating agencies, debtors and creditors). 
  • Develop landlord relationships and participate/host regular landlord meetings. 
  • Serve as an ongoing liaison between property managers and youth participants, as well as between youth participants and neighbors.
  • Provide information and referral assistance regarding available support from appropriate social service agencies and/or community programs.
  • Assist in development of and encourage adherence to a personal budget through pro-active housing and budget counseling sessions; provide budget counseling and education to assist youth in establishing payments plans for bills and past debts and to assist clients in obtaining and maintaining their housing.
  • Identify participant strengths and barriers to housing stability and assist participants to reduce barriers and link to resources and services.
  • Provide pro-active follow-up home visits at least monthly to ensure housing stability and further progress towards self-sufficiency; this includes support, advocacy, reducing isolation, listening, problem solving, and identification of resources to assist with reintegration of participants in the community.
  • Maintain accurate daily logs /records, monthly outcome reports, and files for each participant.
  • Assist households that are in unsafe housing (i.e., domestic violence or L&I violations) with emergency relocation and/or referrals to the Fair Housing Commission.
  • Participate in the development of life skills resources for the population served.
  • Participate in training and information-sharing meetings sponsored by City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services to ensure consistency of services throughout programs.
  • Participate in ongoing trainings and professional development opportunities.
  • Participate in team case management meetings, case reviews, and other team meetings.
  • Represent the program in a professional manner and maintain positive community relationships.
  • Be flexible to meet the changing needs of the clients we serve and respond to crisis situations in a proactive manner.
  • Actively participate in weekly supervision with supervisor.
  • Follow the policies, procedures, and rules stated in the agency personnel policies, employee handbook, and program procedure manual.
  • Serve as a positive role model for youth and other program/agency staff.
  • Transport clients as deemed necessary. Transportation requirements should be limited to housing and job searches and occasional visit to relevant social service agencies.
  • Collect and report program data, including but not limited to, ETO and HMIS reporting and funders’ required data, such as intake and exit assessments and notes regarding participant progress on goals.
  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned.

What You Will Bring to the Table:

  • Education Requirements: Bachelor of social work or related human services field required; minimum of two years related experience preferred
  • Experience with the use of Homeless Management Information System preferred.
  • Strong desire to work with youth experiencing homelessness 
  • Knowledge and belief in trauma-informed care, positive youth development, and HUD’s “Housing First” philosophy
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly listening, mediation, and writing skills.
  • Possess strong organizational skills with ability to meet a demanding workload.
  • Detail oriented to complete requirements of files and contract compliance.
  • Creative thinker/adaptive personality.
  • Knowledge or understanding of tenant’s rights and responsibilities as well as “strengths based” case management. 
  • Concentrated record keeping, budgeting, and mathematical skills; ability to produce required reports to federal, state, and local government agencies and funding sources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community resources, social service agencies, and landlords.
  • Fluency in the English language is required. Spanish speaking ability is an added asset, but is not required.
  • Experience with computer and knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable driving record.
  • Sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of population served.
  • A commitment to empowering others to solve their problems.
  • A conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change.
  • The ability to establish and set appropriate limits with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other personnel and/or service providers or professionals.
  • The capacity to maintain a role to empower clients and to intervene appropriately to meet service goals.

Americans with Disability Specifications 

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment/

Physical Demands:

  • Considerable concentration.
  • Frequent interruptions.
  • Moderate noise level.
  • Moderate sitting, walking, standing and eye strain, light lifting and bending.

EEOO Statement

Covenant House Pennsylvania is committed to cultivating an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. 

Covenant House Pennsylvania provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Who We Are

Covenant House PA is a force united by a promise to end youth homelessness as we know it in Pennsylvania. For over 24 years, we've led the way with community health initiatives and advocacy in local communities in Philadelphia and…


So, what's in it for you?

  • Approximate salary range of $44,000 
  • Health, dental, vision and a retirement plan with a 4% employer match
  • Paid Time Off
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • A culture of learning and growth

So, what's in it for you?

  • Approximate salary range of $44,000 
  • Health, dental, vision and a retirement plan with a 4% employer match
  • Paid Time Off
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Tuition…


31 E Armat St, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

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