Homeless Outreach Specialist
The Coordinated Entry Outreach (CEO) Program at Community Connections serves vulnerable men and women in the District experiencing homelessness, and is funded by a contract with the Department of Human Services. Members of the CEO team use a housing-first approach and trauma-informed practices to build trust-based and collaborative relationships. The Homeless Outreach Specialist delivers outreach, in-reach, assessment, navigation, and follow-up housing stabilization services to persons experiencing homelessness, and for eligible persons, performs SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) related activities to include: outreach, assessment and case management leading to the submission of a completed SSI/SSDI application to the Social Security Administration.
The position requires, minimally, a Bachelor's degree plus one year of relevant experience working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and facing homelessness or residing in housing programs. Ideal candidates have demonstrated a commitment to ending homelessness, evidence of effective teaming practices, and appreciation for systems levels issues that impact direct services. Some non-traditional work hours are expected. Candidates must have a reliable vehicle as most of the work is done in the community