New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning not-for-profit agency in Midtown Manhattan, with a satellite Bronx office, dedicated to serving children and families with medical complexity, chronic health conditions, significant disabilities and behavioral challenges. To assist in achieving this mission, NAC is currently seeking a Housing Specialist to join its Resources, Advocacy & Homelessness Prevention Program.
Title of Position: Housing Specialist
Position Type: Social Work
Pay Range: Based on Experience
Location: 37 West 26th Street 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Organization/Department/Program: Resources, Advocacy & Homelessness Prevention Program.
Description of Responsibilities:
1.Assist NAC families with securing an apartment, and moving from the shelter system and inadequate housing.
2.Build and maintain a list of Landlords, Brokers and housing complexes in all 5 borough and assist these clients to secure housing. This will include in-person advocacy and relationship building in all 5 boroughs, “cold calls” and walk-ins meetings with Brokers and apartment complexes.
3.Locating apartments near the Bronx NAC office for clients.
4.Housing Court: Advocate for clients, file HP actions, connect clients with attorneys and as needed file Orders to Show Cause.
5.Assist clients with their housing search via the internet & NAC contacts. This includes helping to schedule meetings with Brokers and/or landlords and attending those meeting with clients.
6.Assist youth in the Foster Care & Adoption Department with the housing applications, advocacy and follow up to ensure they receive housing before they age or sign out of Foster Care. This includes assistance via NYCHA, Supportive Housing and Market Rate Apartment as well as liaising with NAC’s Grant coordinator & Resource Specialist to ensure the youth has furniture and any other emergency housing needs.
7.Assist clients with applications to HRA’s Shelter Allowance, Family Housing & Eviction Prevention Services (FHEPS), ACS Prevention Subsidy, NAC housing grants and other housing programs.
8.Maintain up to date knowledge of NYC’s various housing programs including NYCHA, Section 8, Supportive Housing, Housing Lottery Program, Mitchell Lama, and market-rate apartments.
9.Laisse with HPD, HUD, NYCHA, Home-Base as needed to advocate for housing.
Required Education and Experience: MSW, some housing knowledge.
Required Skills: Knowledge of NYC Housing Programs and ability to work with landlords and brokers.
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New Alternatives for Children, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.