Title: Housing Specialist I Job Group: VI
Location: 1050 Niagara St., Buffalo, NY
Reports to: Program Director
Housing Specialist assists homeless mentally ill individuals, including
mentally ill chemical abusers to obtain safe, appropriate housing and to
maintain residential stability. Services
provided may include identifying appropriate housing options, coordinating
services with housing agencies, determining client eligibility for government
financed housing programs, facilitate resolution of landlord/tenant conflict,
and assisting client to develop daily living skills. The Housing Specialist will also work as an
integral member of the Homeless Services Housing Team providing case management
to clients as assigned. Performs other
duties as requested by supervisor.
- Maintains file of available housing
- Screens client for eligibility for
housing programs including Shelter Plus Care.
Assists client with application process.
- Meets with clients and landlords to
- Links clients for needed support
services. Provides transportation as
indicated by level of client functioning.
- Participates in team meetings, case
finding and outreach activities.
- Monitors client stability,
participation in treatment and medication compliance.
- Maintains required records and
- May be required to work flexible
hours including evenings. May work with
individuals harmful to themselves or others.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
have knowledge of common mental disabilities and substance abuse disorders as
well as the ability to work effectively with the target population. Must be aware of community housing
resources. Must possess a satisfactory
skill level with oral and written communication, basic mathematical
calculations, and problem solving techniques.
Must be able to work productively as a member of an interdisciplinary
team. Must be flexible and possess
initiative and the ability to work independently in developing client
degree in related field OR associates degree in human service plus one (1) year
full time paid service experience in an approved mental health or social
service agency OR two (2) years of college (60 semester hours) including 15
hours of mental health related courses plus one (1) year full time paid service
experience in an approved mental health or social service agency and possession
of a driver’s license and a car.