In August 2012, BRC opened its first assessment center, which serves as a first point of contact for men entering the city shelter system. Located in a newly renovated loft-style building in Greenpoint Brooklyn, this 200 bed dormitory style residence is funded by the NYC Department of Homeless Services. BRC evaluates each individual who enters the program and links them to the housing and services that best meets their needs. In addition, as a result of our continued dialogue with DHS and community leaders, BRC has dedicated one dorm (20 beds) to street homeless men of the Greenpoint community, an unprecedented commitment by the shelter system to provide a community-based strategy to respond to a significant local need.
Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Sunday & Monday; 9:00a - 5:30p, Tuesday; 12:00p - 8:30p,
Wednesday; 9:00a - 5:30p, Thursday; 12:00p - 8:30p
Reports to the clinical coordinator, the housing specialist is responsible for serving as a liaison with DHS, Real estate Brokers and other housing providers to facilitate the housing process for all divertible assessment clients. This includes assisting in the Enhanced One Shot deal, and other HRA related housing benefits processes; copying and the distribution of all housing applications, maintaining correspondence relating to housing interviews and vacancies, as well as assisting clients to coordinate their move with landlords and other key personnel. In addition, the position is responsible for a caseload of housing placement clients, for tracking trends in housing placements and orienting clients with the housing group. Provide emergency first aid/CPR assistance when needed. Related duties as assigned.
Experience in processing housing applications, such as: NYCHA, Section 8, and NY/NY required. Significant experience working with clients on the issues of homelessness, addictions, mental illness, entitlements and housing. Demonstrable writing, communication and group facilitation skills. Computer proficiency required. BA/BS preferred. Some college and work experience may be substituted in lieu of a four-year degree. Bi-lingual (English/ Spanish) preferred. CPR training certification or willingness to take training class in CPR.
BRC is among the most comprehensive, effective, and fastest growing agencies in NYC serving homeless New Yorkers. With a $77 million budget and over 800 employees, BRC has 27 programs throughout the New York City area that work together to form a seamless continuum of caring and effective services to meet all of a client's needs. We employ a holistic approach, helping clients achieve health, wellness, and economic self-sufficiency, offering an array of housing and services for more than 10,000 of New York's neediest residents. BRC has an entrepreneurial culture with a track record of innovation. BRC is highly successful and has been recognized for it, most recently as a winner of the NY Community Trust's Nonprofit Excellence Award and as a national finalist for the Drucker Prize for innovative management. Staff at BRC works together collaboratively to address some of the greatest social challenges of our City and does so using a compassionate and respectful approach. In our most recent survey, 95% of our employees said they would recommend BRC as a good place to work. For more information about BRC, please see our website at www.brc.org.