Overview

Established in 1926, Family Service League is a social services agency who provides comprehensive services to individuals, children, and families to improve the quality of their lives at home, in the workplace, and in the community. With more than 60 social service and mental health programs in over 20 locations, Family Service League is committed to serving Long Island’s most vulnerable citizens.

SUMMARY

Family Service League is seeking a part-time Housing Specialist for our homeless shelter in Brentwood. The Housing Specialist will be responsible for assisting homeless families in obtaining permanent housing. The Housing Specialist will be experienced with the housing process, be familiar with housing resources, be able to form relationships with landlords and brokers, inspect apartments, accompany clients to apartment viewings, and collaborate with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to link apartments and utilize rental subsidy programs.

$1,500 Sign-On Bonus!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The Housing Specialist will conduct a comprehensive intake of each client within 5 business days of client arrival.
  • Develop individualized housing plan for each client. Instruct client on required housing log procedure.
  • Provide client with additional information, assist in the collection of necessary documentation, and build communication skills required to secure and maintain permanent housing.
  • Assist clients in the completion of all housing program applications and ensure the applications are submitted to housing programs in a timely manner.
  • The Housing Specialist will remain current on potential housing availability.
  • Collect required client housing logs weekly.
  • Complete monthly DSS housing logs cover sheet for each client.
  • The Housing Specialist will have a face-to-face meeting with each client semi-monthly.
  • The Housing Specialist will document all contact with and on behalf of the client in a progress note.
  • Connect with community realtors and housing agencies to develop new housing resources.
  • Escort clients to view apartments and other appointments as needed.
  • Arrange for the timely completion of housing inspections.
  • Assist clients in moving into permanent housing e.g. attend lease signing, ensure utilities are turned on, and coordinate transportation and moving.
  • Participate in team meetings, case conferences, department meetings, weekly individual supervisory sessions, and staff training.
  • All other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in human services or a related field required.

Minimum of 1-2 years of experience in human services required.

Knowledge of homeless population and DSS policies and regulations.

Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills required.

Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office required.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.

Valid and clean NYS Driver’s License required.

“Family Service League is committed to the belief that all individuals deserve uncompromising respect. Through our recruitment efforts, we continually strive to attain and maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce that meets the needs of our clients and reflects the communities we serve. Family Service League strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for any positions for which they feel potentially qualified.”

Compensation details: 22-22 Hourly Wage

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