The Housing Specialist will be responsible for locating housing for homeless young adults and families. The Specialist is required to work quickly and independently in the fast paced housing market in Santa Clara County in order to secure housing for young adults and families. In addition to locating housing, you will conduct housing inspections, negotiate, and build relationships with landlords, collaborate with community partners, as well as be personable and informative about the BWC programs when engaging with the public.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Implement the housing first model for all enrolled clients
Identify appropriate rental housing in the community for clients that is aligned with their needs and goals.
Develop and maintain inventory of appropriate units for clients and their families.
Engage Landlords to build and sustain relationships with Bill Wilson Center and our clients.
Network with landlords, renter’s associations, property management businesses, and county wide permanent housing providers.
Educate community members about the housing needs of clients and the importance of supportive housing.
Provide direct assistance to clients with housing search.
Guide and educate clients on how to search for, secure and maintain permanent affordable housing, including tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities.
Real estate or Property Management experience required.
Knowledge of housing availability in Santa Clara County required.
Relationships with landlords/apartments/etc highly desired.
Driving is a requirement of the job - must have possession of current CA driver’s license, access to a vehicle and personal automobile insurance.
Must be punctual, efficient and organized; effective and professional under pressure.
Ability to balance excellent client care with meeting deadlines and ensuring positive program goals and outcomes.
Experience providing services to clients of various racial, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds or sexual identity who are overrepresented in homeless populations as well as working in different cultural environments.
An understanding of humility and respect for working with homeless youth and families.
Excellent communication skills