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Place Me Home Housing Search Specialist, 18-171

Department: Housing Placement
Office: 444 Harrison Avenue
Location: Boston, MA
Position Type: Direct Care
Hours/Shift: Morning - First Shift
Employee Type:: Regular Full-time
  • REQ. #18-171

HOUSING PLACEMENT TEAM

LOCATION: PSI Shelters and Community locations 

SCHEDULE: 40 hours, Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., this schedule requires flexibility due to program needs; early mornings, weekends, holidays and evenings may be required

  

 JOB DESCRIPTION: 

The Place Me Home Housing Search Specialist (PMHHSS) will work as part of a coordinated and integrated interagency team of housing search specialist across Boston. The PMHHSS will work assertively to identify the units necessary to meet the housing needs of this developing Housing system. The PMHHSS will work with brokers, landlords, government agencies, and property management companies to cultivate, develop and maintain all types of housing options in and around Boston. Leveraging all available housing search resources and expanding the number of properties for this initiative. A virtual clearing house of available properties inside and around Boston will be established so that homeless individuals can be quickly matched to appropriate properties. The PMHHSS will work in conjunction with the Housing Navigator and the Director for Place Me Home to build capacity for shared living and securing units outside of Boston. The PMHHSS will individually be responsible for securing a specific number of units leveraging all housing search resources and ensuring that we are not duplicating housing search efforts. The PMHHSS will work within a Housing First framework.  The PMHHSS will use CAS system to ensure coordination across the homeless services system.

 

  

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  •  Associates in a human services related field [may be substituted for High School diploma with at least three (3) years of equivalent experience in a social service setting]
  •  Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License
  •  Experience in Housing Search
  •  A minimum of two (2) years of experience in any of the following areas:
  •  Delivering services to a challenged population often struggling with addiction and untreated or under-treated mental health concerns
  •  Customer service and sales
  •  Property development, property management, or real estate
  •  Strong computer and math skills - including familiarity with MS Word, Excel and the ability to learn and successfully use MIS & HMIS programs
  •  Experience navigating systems of housing and care for the homeless individuals
  •  Working knowledge of human services systems, housing subsidy programs and homeless referral networks
  •  Experience maintaining consistent communication channels, both verbal and written, between several parties (i.e. tenant, landlord, referral source, collaborating agencies, debtors and creditors)
  •  Experience serving as an ongoing liaison between property managers and participants as well as between participants and program funders.
  •  Ability to stand for moderate periods of time, stretch, bend, lift and assist guests up and down stairs during difficult and/or emergency situations
  •  Ability to respond safely and quickly in case of emergency situations 
  • Ability to sit for moderate periods of time at a desk in an office while interacting with clients and/or managing documentation and completing data entry
  •  Must be able to drive a PSI vehicle for work use

 

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