Housing Specialist (NWDI-661)
Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-Greater New York) is the local affiliate of the national organization, Volunteers of America, Inc. and is one of the largest providers of human services in the metropolitan New York area. Founded in New York City in 1896 as a charity staffed by volunteers tending to the city’s poor, today VOA-Greater New York has 1,300 paid staff that provide life-changing, often life-saving services through 80 programs in New York City, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.
VOA-Greater New York services extend to survivors of domestic violence; individuals and families — including veterans — experiencing, or at risk of homelessness; people living with HIV/ AIDS, behavioral health, and substance use issues; adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities; preschoolers with developmental delays; older adults on limited incomes, many with a history of homelessness; and at-risk youth.
VOA-Greater New York expands, and introduces new services in response to community needs. As such, it is at the forefront of building affordable, supportive housing for seniors; providing a service-rich continuum of care for formerly homeless veterans; and expanding its services for those recovering from domestic violence. Battle Buddy Bridge®, a peer counseling program for veterans, and the work VOA-Greater New York is doing to raise awareness of the impact of Moral Injury, are examples of the organization’s responsiveness, creativity and life-altering work.
Many of VOA-Greater New York’s programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC. Operation Backpack® is the organization’s signature community service campaign that ensures every student who calls a NYC shelter “home” has a new backpack full of supplies in time for the first day of school.
The housing specialist assures housing readiness of clients by implementing appropriate trainings and developing permanent housing options in both public and private sectors.
The position requires a Bachelor’s degree with two years of related experience in housing placement services for low-income and/or homeless population. Knowledge of federal guidelines for public and private low-income housing required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Clean and valid driver’s license. Valid NYS Driver’s license is required, and is compliant with the Agency’s Vehicle Operations Policy.
This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
The below enumerated principal responsibilities are inclusive of both program specific and firm-wide related administration, as applicable.
1. Conduct housing eligibility assessments of all applicable clients.
2. Develop linkages with real estate companies and office of public housing.
3. Maintain and update listings of permanent affordable housing.
4. Develop and facilitate client workshops and individual sessions on skills and information necessary to acquire and maintain independent permanent housing.
5. Track placements and conduct follow up of clients placed into permanent housing.
6. Complete 2010E applications and assist clients with all forms of housing applications.
7. Perform other related duties as requested.
Expected Results of Principal Responsibilities:
1. Clients are properly assessed for appropriate housing options.
2. New housing options are pursued and obtained.
3. Lists of affordable housing are always available for eligible clients.
4. Clients are well trained and receive the skills they need to qualify for permanent housing.
5. Clients’ progress is tracked and appropriate follow up is maintained. Housing staff receive information they need to properly service their clients.
6. Housing staff receive information they need to properly service their clients.
7. Related duties are performed completely, on time and accurate.
While performing the duties of the job, the employee will be in an office and housing shelter environment.
While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to have visual acuity, talk and hear while communicating with peers, clients and/or vendors. This position requires sitting, standing and walking. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items up to 20 pounds.
This is a full-time position.
- Job Family Housing Specialist
- Pay Type Hourly
- Job Start Date Tuesday, June 30, 2020
- The Bronx, NY, USA