Part Time Housing Specialist

St. Louis, MO 63101
5/5/2021

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Position Description

The Housing Specialist will specifically work in Shelter Plus Care Housing Department part time (25 hours per week) to expedite housing placements by providing housing navigation assistance to new referrals and existing clients. Such activities include coaching how to locate a unit, view the unit and communicate with potential landlord.
The Housing Specialist will provide brief housing crisis intervention using solution focused intervention within the framework of Housing First model and assist clients with no income in finding solutions for increasing income.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Schedule Monday thru Friday 9am-1pm
• Work closely with the Shelter Plus Care Processing team
• Provide housing navigation services
• Educate clients on housing placement process
• Educate clients on his/her rights and responsibilities
• Advocate for clients during the housing placement process
• Teach the clients how to navigate housing searches
• Teach and model landlord relationship building and communication
• Provide transportation to clients to and from unit viewings as needed
• Pre-Inspect units to ensure they will pass HQS Inspection in a timely manner
• Collaborate with other providers of the client
• Assist with move-in coordination between Processing Center, Landlord and client
• Maintain accurate documentation and updating ECM/HMIS regularly
• Establish and maintaining positive relationships with community landlords and agencies
• Provide brief housing crisis intervention to ensure client remains in good standing
• Work with clients on finding solutions to increase/create income
• Handling other duties as assigned by the Senior Manager of Housing and Senior Director of Permanent Supportive Housing

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor’s degree or Certified Peer Specialist Certificate
• Familiar with housing resources
• Must have own vehicle and class E driver’s license
• Familiar with MO tenant rights and laws
• Familiar with application process for housing
• Experience working with Mentally Ill and Chemical Dependent Populations
• Experience working with low-income and homeless families/individuals

SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Respect and responsibility for the agency policy, including client confidentiality
• Excellent listening skills
• Clerical (typing, word processing, filling, data entry, case note documentation)
• Ability to analyze problems and make sound decisions
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to give and receive useful feedback and instructions
• Ability to use Microsoft Office computer software
• Ability to network and work with other service providers
• Understanding of strength-base models of service delivery

Type: Part-time