Housing Program Specialist - SafeChoice
Vancouver, WA SafeChoice
Description

 

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Type: Fulltime 

Salary: $19.50/hr + Bilingual Differential

$1,000 Sign On Bonus

General

  • Assure that participants, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.
  • Gain approval for, track, and engage in activities that meet the organization’s 1% for Social Change requirement.
  • Think through the lens of racial equity and its intersections with poverty. Use the core principles of anti-racism and grounding those principles in all daily tasks
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s commitment to social justice by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in institutions. Seek opportunities for continued learning about racial, gender and class equity.
  • Proactively maintain yearly domestic training requirements as required. 
  • Be present for and appropriately participate in staff meetings as required.
  • Establish and maintain a record of impeccable dependability with regards to punctuality, following call-out procedures, and adhering to the policies, practices, and guidelines set by the organization and SafeChoice. 
  • Maintain appropriate personal/professional boundaries with participants and co-workers to maintain clear, open, and unbiased lines of communication. 

Direct Services and Program

  • Address program participant’s housing barrier needs and assist participants in obtaining background checks, credit reports, and other vital records.
  • Advocate for survivors as needed in the housing process.
  • Transport participants and/or their belongings as needed and appropriate.
  • Participate in ongoing home visits and collaborate with other SafeChoice staff to provide dv advocacy services.
  • Connect families with resources, community, and youth and family-centered supports in order to help them stabilize and ultimately maintain their housing long-term.
  • Keep current with best practices, including Housing First model, and updates to relevant housing laws.
  • Facilitate Rent Well classes for participants.
  • Participate in Clark County Coordinated Entry system, including assessments and referrals.
  • Effectively and respectively work with people from diverse backgrounds and provide advocacy support in accordance with the individual’s cultural practices and beliefs.

Budget and Administration

  • Manage program budget and ensure timely payments for rent and utility assistance.
  • Assess and determine best use of flexible funding for referred participants to access and maintain stable housing and financial self-sufficiency.
  • Maintain records and data collection for federal, state, and other appropriate funding sources. Make routine reports as assigned.
  • Enter data for housing and shelter program into Homeless Information Management System (HMIS).

Community Partnership Building 

  • Represent SafeChoice housing program at appropriate housing/homeless meetings in the community.
  • Build and maintain relationships with property management, landlords, and other community resources.
  • Leases and keeps up to-date-information on NW Furniture Bank.
  • Engage in community education and policy advocacy regarding dv and homelessness.
Requirements

  

We’ve identified the skills, abilities, knowledge, education, and experience a person will need in order to be successful in their position. This combination of qualities is referred to as a position’s critical success factors, or CSF’s.

  • There is a strong social justice component to all positions within YWCA Clark County, requiring critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principles of anti-racism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values

Related Education

  • A.A. /A.S. degree in a related field or position equivalent experience in addition to the experience requirements listed below. 

Related Experience

  • Minimum two years providing advocacy, preferably domestic violence advocacy, to at-risk populations.
  • One or more years working specifically with families experiencing homelessness.
  • Familiarity with homeless coordinated entry system and knowledge of local resources.
  • Minimum one year experience managing program budget and/or emergency financial assistance.
  • Current driver’s license and/or ability to commute throughout Clark County to fulfill job responsibilities.

 Required Knowledge

  • Working knowledge of creating personal budgets, financial management, job and professional skills development.
  • Knowledge of local housing programs, fair housing laws, and landlord / tenant rights.