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Housing Specialist

 

 

SUMMARY 

The Housing Specialist provides housing resources and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The Housing Specialist works as part of the UHHB Care Team and coordinates housing services with case managers and outside providers of affordable housing and housing related services. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provide continuum of care services to persons with HIV/AIDS including but not limited to: intake, referral, assessment, coordination, monitoring, reassessment, and follow-up. 
  • Ensure optimal client care by seeking out, initiating, and participating in individual and case management team supervision. 
  • Enter housing services data into the Homeless Management Information System. 
  • Collect data and assist with report preparation for funding sources, including HOPWA and the Office of Community and Economic Development. 
  • Follow UHHB clinical and operational Standard Operating Procedures. 
  • Assist clients in locating and maintaining housing, including permanent housing placement. 
  • Create links with other housing related agencies in the community in a collaborative effort to reach long range housing solutions for agency clients. 
  • Assist clients in applying for subsidized housing including Section 8 and Community Public Housing programs. 
  • Enter clients into the HOPWA housing certificate program, based on established criteria 
  • Prepare housing and supportive services plans for each person entered in the HOPWA certificate program and perform routine follow-up with each person in the program. 
  • Attend housing related community meetings to maintain and build partnerships. 
  • Transport clients in own vehicle to medical appointments. 

Non-Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Other duties may be assigned. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES 

This job has no supervisory responsibilities. 

COMPETENCIES 

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: 

Communication - Communicates well both verbally and in writing; Able to read and interpret written information; Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and obtains clarification; Responds well to questions; Shares information and ideas with others; 

Collaboration 

Develops cooperation and teamwork while participating in a group, working toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties. 

Innovation 

Develops new insights into situations and applies different and novel solutions to make improvements. 

Interpersonal Relations 

Develops and maintains effective relationships with others; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations; shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness. 

Continuous Learning and Self-Development 

Proactively investigates new perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors, and takes steps to evaluate and improve performance. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Education and/or Experience 

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field and/or minimum 2 years in human service field required. Familiarity with local, state and federal housing programs desired; Excellent written, verbal, organizational and time management skills required. Skills in the area of data analysis and quality assurance preferred. Must be able to function independently and be able to work well with individuals from a variety of socioeconomic and multi-ethnic groups. Must be culturally sensitive to the LGBTQ community. 

Language Skills 

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization. 

Computer Skills 

Basic computer literacy required, particularly in Microsoft Word and Excel. 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations 

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the United States of America. 
  • Driver’s License with no restrictions 

Reasoning Ability 

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

WORK SCHEDULE 

The position is full time for 5 days a week, 8 hours a day with a 1 hour lunch break. This position is subject to overtime. The ability to work some evenings and weekends as required for effective outreach. 

 

Job Location

 

UNIFIED Ypsilanti

Interested? Contact Us!

 

Mail cover letter and resume to UNIFIED-HIV Health and Beyond, 2287 Ellsworth Road, Suite B, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197. Attention: Tiwanna Hatcher, Director of Care Services. Resume and cover letter can also be emailed to: thatcher@miunified.org.