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Housing Placement & Stabilization Specialist, 18-232

Department: Emergency Services
Office: 444 Harrison Avenue
Location: Boston, MA
Position Type: Direct Care
Hours/Shift: Morning - First Shift
Employee Type:: Regular Full-time

 REQ.# 18-232

 EMERGENCY SERVICES - RAPID RE-HOUSING

 LOCATION: 444 Harrison Ave, Boston PSI Shelters & community-based work  

 SCHEDULE: 40 hours, Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., or as otherwise agreed, weekends, nights and early mornings as needed.

  

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

The Housing Placement and Stabilization Specialist will work within the Emergency Services portfolio to provide assertive outreach, engagement, enrollment and stabilization of eligible shelter guests into the Rapid Re-Housing Program. These Specialists will play an active role in producing positive housing outcomes reducing individual lengths of homelessness for Boston’s new Rapid Re-housing system in which Pine Street is the lead agency. Utilizing individual housing stability planning the Housing Placement and Stabilization Specialist will provide housing placement and stabilization services assisting program participants to move into and sustain permanent housing. The housing placement goal is to quickly move participants from shelter into permanent housing within 60 days or less of program enrollment and to sustain this housing for a minimum of one year once placed in housing. The Housing Placement and Stabilization Specialist will provide office and community-based stabilization services once the individual is placed into housing as outlined by specific benchmarks set by funders and industry best practices. Each Housing Placement and Stabilization Specialist will have a minimum of 50 guests to identify, engage, enroll and house and an additional 50 guests to stabilize each year. At times these tasks may be done in conjunction with community partners. Through all stages of the program, the Housing Placement and Stabilization Specialist will utilize progressive engagement; least amount of support needed to be successful. A key component of the work with guests is successfully connecting individuals to assets which increase income and mainstream benefits and supports which increases stability while in housing. The incumbent may need to accompany guests to apartment showings and lease signings in the community. The Housing Placement and Stabilization Specialist will facilitate on-going communication between the guest, housing authorities, landlords and community programs and partners. The Housing Placement and Stabilization Specialist will also develop and lead education groups to help individuals learn skills that better help them to manage money and be good neighbors and tenants.

 

 REQUIREMENTS: 

  •  Associates in a human services related field [can be substituted for High School diploma and at least three (3) years of equivalent experience in a social service setting]
  •  Valid driver’s license
  •  Minimum of six (6) months of experience working with a homeless population, providing direct care and/or active case management and referral services to homeless individuals
  •  Strong written communication and documentation skills
  •  Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Products, including Excel and Outlook
  •  Experience working with people who have untreated mental illness, and/or active substance addiction
  •  Knowledge of the issues related to homelessness, particularly around housing, S/A, mental illness and economic factors as precipitants to homelessness
  •  A working knowledge of homeless referral networks
  •  Requires knowledge and belief in “Housing First” philosophy and strategies
  •  Basic Math Skills and Budgeting Experience
  •  Ability to stand for moderate periods of time
  •  Ability to 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 individuals and/or managing documentation

 

 

 

  

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