The Housing Specialist will identify, apply, secure and maintain temporary and /or permanent, safe, affordable housing for Saheli’s clients. The Housing Specialist will implement Sahelis Economic Empowerment Program (SEEP). Through SEEP, survivors facing homelessness due to domestic violence, will be transferred into permanent housing through temporary subsidies and support from Saheli. The Housing Specialist will report to the Domestic Violence Program Manager. The Specialist will also oversee Housing policies, lead grant reporting in the area of housing services, lead compliance for housing program audits, assist with budgeting for housing needs.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides support and guidance to Saheli staff and survivors in acquiring and maintaining housing as well as preventing homelessness
- Creates permanent housing acquisition plan for survivors through Saheli’s Advocacy plan
- Plan includes:
- Assessment of survivors’ needs
- Barriers to housing, services and remediation
- Review of housing costs and assistance
- Steps to attaining income stabilization
- Scheduled check-ins with Housing Specialist
- Plan includes:
- Identifies and assesses candidates for SEEP, assists in subsequent housing transition, and provides minimum one 6-12 months of stabilization support
- Assists participants in obtaining documents needed for housing application as needed
- Assists participants in applying for housing stabilization and homelessness prevention funds as available/necessary
- Stays up to date on relevant information regarding housing, welfare regulations, and affordable housing options in the Greater Boston area
- Maintain relationships with housing agencies, management companies, and landlords in Greater Boston area
- Coordinates and/or accompany survivors to housing appointments as needed
- Participates in related meetings, including weekly housing and community program meetings, and meetings outside of agency as needed
- Provides referrals to Saheli’s support services (including economic stability, housing, counseling, and legal advocacy) and other human service/social service agencies as needed
- Maintains current and accurate records of services through database updates and preparing periodic reports as required
- Collects and reports program data, including but not limited to, data required for Saheli database and funders
- Ensure that all activities, support, and programs conducted through Saheli are done so in a sensitive and respectful manner that acknowledges the cultural and ethnic diversity for all Saheli participants.
- Works collaboratively as a team player with other program and agency staff
- Develops self-professional development plan and attends development trainings, meetings, and conferences within Saheli and in the community.
- Other related duties as assigned by supervisor and agency
Qualifications and Requirements
- Committed to Saheli’s values and mission of ending domestic violence, and promoting social justice
- Experience working with survivors of domestic violence, trauma and abuse, and with marginalized communities, particularly communities of color
- Minimum of 2 years’ demonstrated experience providing similar housing services
- In-depth knowledge of affordable housing programs, requirements and regulations
- Fluency in a language other than English, preference for Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali or Telugu
- Familiarity with Boston-area community agencies and resources, particularly those related to housing and homelessness
- Demonstrated ability to utilize appropriate, non-judgmental communication techniques when responding to survivors that illustrates sensitivity to their experiences and needs
- Ability to work and advocate in a collaborative style inclusive of diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic groups
- Ability to work independently and in a team.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, crisis management, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
- Promote an atmosphere of respect and cooperation; maintain confidentiality regarding program participants.
- Ability to travel throughout Massachusetts required; driver’s license and access to a vehicle preferred.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and/or weekends as needed.
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Hours: Part time – 20 hours