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
Conduct housing eligibility assessments of all applicable
Develop linkages with real estate companies and office of public
Maintain and update listings of permanent affordable
Develop and facilitate client workshops and individual sessions
on skills and information necessary to acquire and maintain
independent permanent housing.
Track placements and conduct follow up of clients placed into
Complete 2010E applications and assist clients with all forms of
- Perform other related duties as requested.
Expected Results of Principal Responsibilities:
Clients are properly assessed for appropriate housing
New housing options are pursued and obtained.
Lists of affordable housing are always available for eligible
Clients are well trained and receive the skills they need to
qualify for permanent housing.
Clients' progress is tracked and appropriate follow up is
maintained. Housing staff receive information they need to properly
service their clients.
Housing staff receive information they need to properly service
- Related duties are performed completely, on time and
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.
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Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity
Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.
- Job Family Housing Specialist
- Pay Type Hourly
- Job Start Date Monday, May 17, 2021