Housing Specialist
Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled

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Post Date: Jul 07, 2022
Job Type: Full Time
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Location: US - New York - Brooklyn
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Founded in 1956, the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled’s mission is to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Led by and staffed by people with disabilities, we offer services, support groups and peer counseling, along with an active advocacy and outreach program. BCID is part of the independent living movement, which works to advance the independence and civil rights of all people with disabilities in countries around the world.

Position overview
BCID is seeking a Housing Specialist for a program that provides housing subsidies to individuals transitioning or diverting from institutional settings to the community. The Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) program is a project of the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) and is funded by the NYS Department of Health.

This is a non-exempt full-time position based in our office in downtown Brooklyn; some remote work is possible but there will be frequent in-person meetings in Brooklyn with applicants and when looking at potential apartments. The Housing Specialist is part of the Transition team, reporting to the Transition Team Manager, with additional oversight by the Executive Director and our partners at NYAIL. We’re a close-knit team and focused on our mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Identify housing opportunities for individuals who need housing in order to leave a nursing home, as well as for those who have unstable housing after leaving a nursing home.

Assist eligible OHS participants through all steps necessary for enrollment and their move. This includes:
Filling out housing applications, obtaining household goods and/or support for moving expenses, arranging unit inspections, and other tasks.
Working with applicants and their transition specialists, service coordinators, nursing home discharge planners, care managers and advocates to ensure a support services plan is in place for program enrollment.
Conducting follow-up after subsidy is initiated, including verifying occupancy of unit and continued eligibility for program.

Work to identify landlords and find public housing and private housing opportunities that are suitable for OHS program participants.

Present information about the OHS program to nursing homes staff, potential applicants, landlords and Realtors.

Maintain a list of available housing in the region, including degree of accessibility, location, proximity to services, and rental costs.   

Track and report all activities using the statewide project database.

Collaborate with colleagues to support applicants and those working on other programs within the organization.

Participate in a variety of other BCID programs and initiatives as needed.

Professional experience in housing, community organizing, Independent Living, long term care, and/or disability rights strongly preferred.

Knowledge of state and local housing policies, practices, laws and issues impacting seniors and people with disabilities preferred.

Effective relationship builder at all levels of an organization.

Well organized, able to execute today’s work while planning for the work ahead.

Enthusiastic about participating in BCID’s work throughout the year.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

Excellent organizational and computer skills; energetic self-starter; ability to travel throughout Brooklyn.

COVID-19 vaccinations are required.

Personal experience with disability a plus.

Contact Details
Name: Robin robin@equilibriumsllc