Housing Stability Advocate
Saint Paul, MN Housing
Job Type
Full-time
Description

Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Women’s Advocates is known to many as the first shelter in the nation for people escaping domestic violence. Today, Women’s Advocates offers a robust continuum of safety services, including violence prevention education, phone-based crisis intervention, emergency help for victims escaping violence, and sustained safety, advocacy, and housing support for victim-survivors as they begin their journey to a safer, more independent life.

This position is responsible for providing direct advocacy, follow up, resources and referral services to current and former residents of Women’s Advocates, as well as members of community. In addition, the Housing Stability Advocate is responsible for providing home visits, including assessments, goal planning, safety planning, connecting families to culturally responsive community resources, and coordinating services to establish a continuum of services to assist them in transitioning back into the community. This position works at Women’s Advocates and in the community to increase housing options for DV victim/survivors. This job is full-time, Monday - Friday, and the pay is budgeted at $23.00 - $25.00 per hour worked, depending on experience.


The Housing Stability Advocate:

  • Coordinates and provides referrals for housing support.
  • Researches, organizes, and prioritizes housing and advocacy services.
  • Educates staff on housing resources and referral process, keeping up with changes as they occur.
  • Provides case management, including individual advocacy, counseling, legal, medical, financial, housing, emergency assistance, transportation, family support, and educational resources.
  • Assists with job readiness, employment search, budgeting and childcare assistance.
  • Provides crisis intervention and safety planning.
  • Maintains contact with each client to track stability and provide needed services.
  • Maintains safety in the field when meeting with the client in their home, when feasible, or out in the community.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships with providers of housing including landlords of rental property, subsidized housing programs, transitional housing programs and all other possible resources.
  • Collects and maintains accurate information on all residents, documents all pertinent information. Inputs all data into the client data base including demographic, case notes, assessments and outcome measurements.
  • In collaboration with Women’s Advocates outreach team, trains landlords in DV and trains DV programs staff on housing.
  • Partners with Director of Housing Stability Services in supporting evaluation design, data collection and analysis of our housing stability program and related projects.
  • Assists the Director of Housing Stability Services with program development.
  • Works in collaboration with outside entities regarding housing advocacy.
  • Facilitates support group around housing related services.
Requirements

• At least 3 years of experience assisting families with housing support and community resources.

• Strong knowledge of housing resources in the metro area.

• Minimum of three years working in a community-based, diverse organization with knowledge of Ramsey County community resources.

• Three to five years of experience working with vulnerable individuals, families and children.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

• Good computer skills with demonstrated ability in Microsoft office products and database entry.

• Ability to prioritize, handle a variety of tasks and be self-directed.

• Ability to handle client, administrative and personnel information with complete confidentiality.

•Ability to work effectively across difference.

• Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to intercultural development and anti-racism work in the workplace.

• Valid driver’s license with current insurance and a reliable motor vehicle.

• Criminal background check is required for this position.

• Bachelor’s degree preferred.

• Second language preferred.