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Housing Specialist - CT Rapid Re-Housing Program

Company: New Reach
Location: new haven
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Primary Purpose:

The Connecticut Rapid Re-Housing Program (CT RRP) is a statewide initiative designed to assist homeless households (individuals and families) as they quickly move out of homelessness and into permanent housing through the provision of time-limited housing supports and strategies with the ultimate goal of housing stability. The Housing Specialist provides housing find and relocation services to families and individuals exiting homelessness and then provides up to 12 months of home based case management post housing placement.

Essential Functions:

* The Housing Specialist will carry a caseload of 15-20 homeless households (families and singles) in need of housing within the sub- region of Greater New Haven with providing assistance to a minimum of 45 households annually. * The Housing Specialist will assist households (families and singles) by providing coordinated screenings, intake assessments and diversion * Conduct outreach with shelters in sub-region to target the homeless population in need of Educate providers and market the program as needed. * Educate landlords in the community about their services, dispel myths about homeless families and individuals, and provide support to the family and the landlord to promote successful tenancy, while maintaining positive communication. * Coordinate with the referring agency staff and assist these clients if they are in need of further help. * Provide coordination and referrals to households after they receive assistance to improve stability, well-being, and self * Assist clients in completing relevant community and agency housing * Meet with the client to conduct an assessment; an assessment tool will be used for all referred families entering into the * Conduct housing and lead inspections on all units prior to tenant * Complete weekly/biweekly shelter office hours to be available to shelter staff and clients * CTRRP will employ the interconnected strategies developed by the CT RRP Grant to ensure programmatic effectiveness through the following strategies: * Coordinated intake, screening, and housing-based assessment; * Housing search, landlord recruitment, and relocation assistance; * Housing stabilization and sustainability supports, including linkages to community services; and financial assistance (through the Department's ESG Program Rapid Re-housing Financial Assistance fund and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness' (CCEH's) rapid re-housing fund).

* The Rapid Re-housing Housing Specialist is to have supervision with the Director of Programs New Haven at minimum biweekly or as needed. * The Rapid Re-housing Housing Specialist must report any major changes in client mental status, potential for DCF hotline calls, unethical behavior/situations, and/or critical incidents within 24 hours to the Family Stabilization * The Program Coordinator may require the Rapid Re-housing Housing Specialist to attend trainings on Evidence Based Practices necessary to the * The Rapid Re-housing Housing Specialist must complete at least an introductory training to Motivational Interviewing. * The Rapid Re-housing Housing Specialist is required to complete all mandatory trainings required by

* Rapid Re-housing/Housing Specialist is required to use an approved HMIS system to document all client and program data, which includes but is not limited to: Program screenings, assessments, client demographics, progress logs, action plans, collateral contacts, referrals and services * Other duties as assigned to assure successful operations

Qualifications:

* Associate's Degree (Bachelor's preferred) and two years of experience * Bilingual in Spanish, both written and oral Bicultural preferred. Ability to work with diverse populations. * Excellent oral and written communication * Valid CT Drivers License, proof of insurance and access to reliable * Experience in housing, housing law and other areas as they lend themselves to successfully enhancing this * Highly motivated, creative with excellent interpersonal Ability to work with a group or independently. * Strong computer skills including word * Occasional Twenty-four hour emergency

Expectations:

* Have a solutions-based approach to presented problems. * Be supportive, engaging and encouraging to peers and staff. * Be adaptable to change and willing to take on more responsibility. * Maintain strict confidentiality concerning any client's or employees' personal information, living information, and/or HIV status * Provides a commitment to the values of New Reach: Professionalism, Integrity, Compassion and Initiative * Adheres to all New Reach's Policies and Procedures

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 associate must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

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Keywords: New Reach, New Haven , Housing Specialist - CT Rapid Re-Housing Program, Other , new haven, Connecticut

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