Housing Specialist

Employer
US VETS
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Jun 13, 2017
Closes
Jun 21, 2017
Function
Accountant, IT
Hours
Full Time
Housing SpecialistThe Housing Specialist for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program reports directly to the Team Leader when applicable or otherwise the SSVF Program Coordinator and provides housing services in order to reintegrate homeless and at-risk veterans and their families by connecting them to housing and comprehensive support services that will lead them to reaching their highest level of independence. The main function of these programs is to assist homeless and at-risk veterans and their families to obtain and maintain housing. Responsibilities: Conduct thorough and constant housing assessment of clients' changing needs by tracking and reporting their progress in accordance with funding requirements. Maintain participant confidentiality at all times. Obtain all mandatory housing supporting documentation for case file. Conduct rent reasonable testing in accordance with SSVF requirements and ensure documentation is maintained. Assist in distribution of temporary financial assistance payments. Complete accurate and timely data entry into the HMIS system. Coordinate care with SSVF case managers, VA personnel and others on behalf of participant's holistic wellbeing. Build and maintain effective and professional working relationships with participants and community agencies. Develop and maintain collaborations with landlords and property managers. Recruit property owners to collaborate in the placements of participants with high housing barriers. Transport clients appropriately to resources they require in the community. Other duties and special projects as assigned. Housing SpecialistRequirements: Bachelor's degree in social services field or a related field required. A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience may substitute for degree requirements. Experience working with homeless and/or veterans preferred. Strong oral, written and communication skills. Strong organizational skills. Ability to work within a team. Computer proficient in Microsoft Office and Internet. Valid driver's license required. Must meet company insurance requirements and complete a provided driver training course. United States Veterans Initiative is a non-profit organization whose mission is the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support.