Housing Specialist – (SPA 6 Coordinated Entry System- RRH)

Volunteers of America Los Angeles

About Us:
Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at *************.

Responsibilities:
Identifies and locates housing options suitable for households as needed
Develops support systems to meet individual’s needs; coordinates and facilitates move-in activities, rental negotiations, and service referrals as required
In conjunction with the Coordinator, computes rents based on financial information provided and established formulas and guidelines
Maintains working relationships with various community property management firms and property owners
Responsible for creating and maintaining a housing database linking tenants to apartments
Communicates with landlords and familiarize them with the CES, program and community resources to assist both tenants and landlords in the event of potential problems leading to eviction
Will coordinate follow-through services with case management team and conduct habitability and lead based paint inspections as requested
As a member of the program case management team, will provide information referrals, crisis intervention, and assistance with permanent housing placement to all participants and Case Managers
Provide outreach and engagement services to the literally homeless in the community, while specifically targeting the chronically homeless population
Conduct the VI-SPSDAT and other comprehensive screenings and assessments with homeless individuals to collect functional, environmental, employment housing, educational, and health information, as appropriate, to develop a case plan
Documents and maintains all case files in physical files, HMIS or other identified databases
Other duties as assigned

Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field
Knowledge of domestic violence, poverty, and federally funded mainstream programs such General Relief, Social Security Disability
1 – 3 years experience working with homeless families/individuals or people in recovery
Ability to develop relationships with families as well as a variety of service stakeholders (Schools, health and public benefit agencies)
Proficiency with Microsoft office; HMIS database experience strongly preferred

Additional Requirements:
Effective written and oral communication skills; bilingual (Spanish) preferred
Valid California driver’s license, insurance and reliable transportation

VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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