Title: Housing Coordinator
Program: East Third Street Men’s Shelter
Salary range: $42,000-$44,000
East Third Street is an emergency men’s shelter which helps 175 individuals with substance use histories work towards health, sobriety, and, ultimately, permanent housing and employment. In addition to lodging and three meals a day, clients receive comprehensive case management services, plus an array of on-site substance use related and health care services provided by different programs, such as Medically Supervised Outpatient Withdrawal Services (MSOWS); Chemical Dependency Crisis Service (CDCS), and Outpatient Recovery Center.
Under the direction of the Program Director, with some latitude for independent action and decision making, the Housing Coordinator is responsible for identifying housing options for the clients, especially the long term stayers, and assisting the clients in preparing and submitting applications, so permanent housing can be obtained, the lengths of stay in the shelter can be reduced, and the clients can obtain independence and return to their communities; performs related work.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The essential duties of the Housing Coordinator include but are not limited to the following activities:
• Utilizing vacancy rosters provided by the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) and other housing providers, identifies vacancies throughout the five boroughs and selects possible housing options to which clients can apply for placement.
• Reviews, in collaboration with the Case Managers, the application package for each client to ensure documents are complete and the psychological evaluation is current, assists the client in submitting the application to the housing provider, and performs appropriate follow-up on submitted application.
• Reviews the weekly report to become aware of new clients to be scheduled for orientation and to know if any clients have missed curfew and possibly a scheduled appointment for housing placement. Performs appropriate follow-up in either situation.
• Conducts weekly individualized and group meetings for clients, focusing on housing placement issues and guiding them through the housing application process.
• Visits housing providers’ facilities to develop and maintain a positive working relationship with them and to get as much information as possible for the clients applying for placement.
• Prepares clients for housing interviews, conducting mock interviews sessions, accompanies them on tours of facilities, and in general coordinates and facilitates the referral process.
• Coordinates escort services for groups of clients going for housing placement interviews.
• Reviews and updates the tracking system for submitted applications, interviews, and selections or denials. Performs follow-up to any denial of housing applications submitted to providers.
• Conducts weekly on-site housing workshops.
• Maintains and participates in the weekly Plan for Permanency (PFP) case management conferences.
• Performs other duties as assigned by the Program Director.