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Housing Specialist

Company: Sanctuary For Families Inc.
Location: Bronx
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

ABOUT USSanctuary for Families is New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.POSITION OVERVIEWHelp clients identify permanent housing options, assist them throughout the housing search process, and provide information, advocacy and referrals as needed in order to facilitate clients' safety and financial stability.RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Complete economic assessments to ascertain shelter residents' financial status and needs
  • Evaluate and identify permanent housing options for a caseload of 25-30 Tier 2 shelter residents
  • Assess clients' housing options including city voucher programs, NYCHA, supportive housing, low income, and private apartments
  • Assist clients in their housing search including qualifying for programs, completing applications, and identifying apartments
  • Spend two days per month visiting brokers and landlords in order to foster effective working relationships
  • Hold a monthly Housing Roundtable for clients to address housing-related issues
  • Facilitate a monthly meeting with DV Claro to assist clients with credit-related issues
  • Accompany and advocate for clients at external appointments as needed
  • Liaise with the city and other service providers around housing and economic stability policies and advocate for policy reforms as needed
  • Represent SFF at external meetings with city and other service providers as well as coalitions
  • Manage client length of stay and extensions through SORTS to report to HRA
  • Make appropriate outside referrals for financial stability
  • Complete reports summarizing the work completed with clients each month
  • Performs any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directedORGANIZATION RELATIONSHIPS
    • Works closely with Case Managers, Residential Program and the entire SBH team to case conference and strategize how best to assist clients
    • Works closely with the Economic Empowerment Program for clients who are enrolled in EEP
    • Attends internal committees on issues related to housing and benefits for domestic violence survivors
    • Attend other agency-wide meetings such as All Staff, Clinical Meetings, and others as needed
      • Bachelor's Degree preferred
      • Minimum of 1-year experience working in housing and/or benefits counseling or related field
      • Fluency in both English and Spanish or an additional community language is strongly preferred.
      • Strong verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills
      • Ability to work independently, multitask and prioritize
      • Familiarity to Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, and ExcelMinimum Salary: $45,000Benefits:
        • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
        • Employer-paid life insurance
        • Employer retirement contribution
        • Paid time off
        • Flex spending account
        • Student loan assistance
        • Tuition reimbursement program
        • Gym reimbursement programAll qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.D.E.I Commitment: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values at Sanctuary for Families that represent our dedication to fostering a safe, respectful, responsive, and fair work environment. We recognize the value diversity holds in embracing all employees, clients, and volunteers regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or professional level.

Keywords: Sanctuary For Families Inc., New Rochelle , Housing Specialist, Other , Bronx, New York

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