Senior Housing Specialist

Job Title:  Senior Housing Specialist    

Reports to: Program Director

Location:   234 Sears Street        

Summary:  

The Senior Housing Specialist (HS) assists individuals who have a substance use or mental health disorder and are homeless or at risk of homelessness to obtain safe, appropriate housing and to maintain residential stability.  The Senior HS is responsible for direct service to a caseload high need, high cost Medicaid users, including linkage to housing, substance use and mental health services, community resources including self-help, and to educational, vocational and other rehabilitation activities. The HS operates at a high level of independence and responsibility under the supervision of the Program Director.  This individual also provides supervision support to identified members of the team and assists the Program Director with supervisory/reporting duties.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

·  Reviews all admissions to housing Initiatives for compliance with funder requirements.

·  Maintains list of apartments and develops strategies for addressing client/landlord problems.

·  Monitors client clinical status and links clients for needed services.

·  Provides supervision to designated staff

·  Provides client transportation as indicated.

·  Ensures that required records and reports for the program are correctly maintained.

·  Assists the Program Director with preparation of reports required by funding and regulatory agencies.

·  May work with individuals harmful to themselves or others.

·  Services are often provided in the client's natural setting.

·  May be required to participate in 24 hour on-call services and work a flexible schedule

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Requires understanding of substance use and mental illness diagnosis and symptomology, and the dynamics of homelessness.  Must be able to effectively engage treatment resistant homeless individuals.  Must provide crisis intervention strategies effectively.  Must have working familiarity with community resources, including entitlement programs, medical, financial and legal services, community supports including self-help, and the range of substance use and mental health treatment and rehabilitation services available.  Must be able to correctly interpret and comply with program procedures in the delivery of housing services to clients.  Must be able to work productively in an interdisciplinary team.  Highly independent, requiring minimal supervision.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Degree in mental health related field, including relevant field placement experience and relevant direct service experience. 

Professional license is a plus including CASAC, LMSW, LMHC, or RN.  Must have a valid NYS driver's license and an available car.