Housing Choices helps our clients – individuals with developmental disabilities – to pursue independent living through housing opportunities. The Housing First program helps homeless clients –individuals with developmental disabilities – create individualized plans to pursue housing opportunities. Stable housing is the essential foundation for a homeless person with developmental disabilities.
You’ll collaborate as part of a tight-knit team while leading many aspects of the Housing First program with your clients: performing intakes of new clients, helping clients along their path to housing, assisting them to find temporary housing, and potentially to find a more permanent solution. 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 temporary or permanent 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 agreements as well as helping them to understand their rights. You’ll help clients to retain their housing through consistent check-ins with them and their landlord and collaborate with them to overcome challenges.
We're looking for a highly skilled individual 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 First Program Manager, and taking initiative – and balancing these 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.
Ability to work occasional evening, weekend or on-call hours
Bilingual in Spanish preferred
BA or BS required
Relevant experience providing direct service to low-income individuals
Possess a valid California Driver's’ License, proof of automobile insurance, and a clean driving record
Pass Department of Justice criminal background check