Housing Choices helps our clients – individuals with developmental disabilities – to pursue independent living through housing opportunities. Your job would be to help our clients select and apply to the best housing options for them. We see housing as a foundation for all other aspects of independent living, and our efforts are integral to helping our clients achieve housing stability.
You’ll collaborate as part of a tight-knit team of Housing Coordinators, while leading many aspects of the Housing Coordination program with your clients: performing intakes of new clients, helping clients along their path to housing, and assisting them to move in. You’ll regularly marshal different resources for your clients, including family, social service, legal, and financial assistance. You’ll support clients through their applications to both temporary and long-term housing opportunities.
Each client has specific needs, and you’ll help them find options that fit their requirements. Once clients have secured housing, you’ll be an essential aid, helping them budget and plan for move-in expenses and ongoing rent payments. Once your client is approved for housing, you will guide clients through understanding their lease agreements as well as helping them to understand their rights. Position Requirements
We're looking for a highly skilled caseworker who is driven to help clients in a challenging housing environment. You are a great listener, empathetic, and know how to set clear professional boundaries. You are able to communicate complex options in straight-forward ways to clients who possess a range of listening and processing abilities and prior life experiences. You are comfortable working in teams, being mentored by the Housing Coordination Program Manager, and taking initiative – and balancing these three methods of work. You provide extraordinary client service, act with integrity regarding ethical standards, and are dedicated to a diverse workplace. You balance your many responsibilities with ease and success. You are disciplined and consistent in using database tools to track your time, effort and outcomes.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
BA or BS required (Social Services or relevant field a plus, but not required)
Fully bi-lingual (written and oral) in English, Mandarin, Tagalog or Spanish preferred
Relevant experience providing direct service to disabled and/or low-income individuals
Valid California Driver's’ License, proof of automobile insurance, and a clean driving record Pass Department of Justice criminal background check
We deeply value knowledge of affordable housing, homelessness, and recurring housing issues faced by our clients.