Housing Specialist -Youth Emergency Service Program

Volunteers of America - Greater Los Angeles • Los Angeles, CA 90009

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Description

About Us:

Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans' services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.

Responsibilities:

* Identifies and locates housing options suitable for homeless transition age youth (TAY).

* Develops support systems to meet individual's needs; coordinates and facilitates move-in activities, rental negotiations, and service referrals as needed

* Creates and maintains a housing database linking tenants to apartments

* Communicates with landlords and familiarize them with the Cal-OES program and the unique needs of homeless youth

* Facilitates the use of community resources to assist both tenants and landlords in the event of problems leading to potential eviction

* Coordinates follow-up services with case management team

* Conducts habitability and lead-based paint inspections of housing options as needed

* As a member of the program case management team, provides information referrals, crisis intervention, and assistance with permanent housing placement for participants

* Assists outreach teams in providing outreach and engagement services to literally homeless youth

* Assists case managers in conducting the VI-SPSDAT and CSE-IT comprehensive screenings and assessments with youth to collect functional, environmental, financial, employment, housing, educational, and health information, as appropriate, to develop an Individual Service Plan

* Additional duties as assigned

Requirements:

Education:

* Bachelor's degree in social services or 2 years of housing/ case management experience

Experience:

* Candidate should possess 1 to 2 years of housing/ case management experience

* Two year experience providing trauma-informed care to homeless or other vulnerable youth

Skills Required to Perform this Position:

* Ability to develop relationships with homeless youth, their families, and landlords, as well as a variety of service stakeholders (schools, health and public benefit agencies)

* Experience and knowledge of treatment plan design and case management

* Effective written and oral communication skills

* Must be reliable and have the ability to multi-task

* Must be able to communicate effectively and to write clearly to be able to complete required paperwork

* Must be able to perform basic arithmetic (to count)

* Must be able to work effectively with people from all walks of life with compassion, to be covered by VOA's insurance carrier

Preferred Skills for this Position:

* Bilingual (Spanish) (Preferred)

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local lawThis employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.

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