Housing Specialist (Homebase)

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Post Date: Feb 13, 2020
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: ASAP
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Location: US - New York - Bronx
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At HELP USA, we work to ensure that everyone has a place to call home. We’re one of the nation’s largest homeless services providers and low-income housing developers serving at-risk populations including families, individuals, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, people with physical and mental health challenges and disabilities, and seniors. With an annual operating budget approaching $150 million and 1400 employees working in nearly 60 programs, we have helped over 500,000 people facing homelessness and poverty to build better lives. We hope that you will consider joining our team in the fight against homelessness.

Position Overview

As part of New York City’s plan to end homelessness, the Department of Homeless Services established Homebase Homeless Prevention Community Resource Centers throughout New York City. Homebase programs are designed to assist families and individuals who are homeless or at imminent risk for becoming homeless to develop a plan for long-term housing stability. Homebase helps clients navigate the complicated eviction process, offers financial and money management counseling, helps clients obtain public benefits, provides short-term financial assistance, and helps with relocation if necessary.

As Housing Specialist, you’ll work with clients to help in restoration of housing stability, decrease their risk of shelter entry or re-entry, and support their efforts towards self-sufficiency. Your responsibilities will include:

-   Conducting intake assessments to determine
    program eligibility.
-   Providing landlord/tenant mediation services and
    negotiating with landlords on client behalf.
-   Accompanying clients to view apartments and
    assisting with tasks related to obtaining permanent
    housing such as lease signing/renewal, inspections,
    turning on utilities, coordinating moving
    transportation, etc.
-   Collaborating with the case management team to
    provide rapid rehousing and relocation services.
-   Developing new housing resources and networking
    with current NYC and NYS housing subsidy programs
-   Conducting and arranging for outside presentation of
    client-centered workshops to provide information
    about housing, finances, budgeting, navigating
    housing court, and other topics related to securing
    and maintaining permanent housing.
-   Conducting community outreach and presentations to
    increase program enrollment.


-   High School Diploma or equivalent required.
    Bachelor's Degree preferred
-   Minimum of one year experience in housing
    placement services, with three years being
-   Strong oral and written communication skills and
    negotiating ability.
-   Dependable, resourceful, keenly attentive to detail,
    eager to take initiative, and able to work effectively in
    a fast-paced and demanding environment.
-   Excellent organizational and documentation skills
    enabling management of multiple priorities in a time-
    sensitive manner.
-   Experience providing services to the homeless
    population and ability to successfully help clients
    achieve permanent housing and self-sufficiency
-   Computer literacy, particularly with Microsoft Office
    applications: Word, Outlook, and Excel.
-   Knowledge and understanding of team concepts
-   Valid US driver’s license a plus.

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Contact Details

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