The Housing Navigator will support homeless adults with severe mental illnesses who are in the process of preparing for and securing housing. The Housing Navigator will develop rapport and relationships with property managers, property owners, and agencies providing housing resources, in order to locate and secure appropriate housing for our clients. The Housing Navigator is responsible for collaborative efforts that build retention rates with property owners and property managers. The Housing Navigator will work directly with clients to identify behaviors that create barriers to obtaining and maintaining housing and then to identify skills to avoid the loss of housing.
WHO WE ARE
Looking to make a difference? Our mission at Interim is to provide services and affordable housing to supporting members of our community with mental illness by building productive and satisfying lives in a world in which people with mental illness are able to live, work, learn and participate fully in the community. Join our team and instill hope in the community.
WHAT WE OFFER
An exceptional benefit package including; Medical/Dental/Vision/403(b) retirement plan and Life Insurance. Offers competitive vacation and sick time.
HOW TO APPLY
To learn more about Interim and to apply for this position, please go to our website at http://www.interiminc.org/employment/.
Competitive Compensation; Nonexempt; 40 hours/week; Eligible for Overtime.
Required: High School Diploma. Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with a wide variety of staff, clients, property managers, property owners, and service providers. Desire to be an advocate to help individuals who are chronically homeless find and secure housing. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to work collaboratively as a team. Good written and oral English communication skills.
Preferred: Bachelors in a Social Services or related field. Knowledge of community resources desired.
Valid California driver's license; auto in safe operating condition; auto liability insurance; good driving record; criminal record clearance; proof of authorization to work in the United States as required by Immigration and Reform Act of 1986. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Housing Navigator will assist with the following duties:
- Identify affordable housing options for clients, searching daily for available housing units.
- Develop rapport and relationships with property managers and property owners.
- Prepare and present materials for presentations to realtors, property managers and property owners.
- Maintain accurate records, including maintaining a Property Manager/Property Owner Contact Log.
- Act as client advocate in securing appropriate housing.
- Network and collaborate with Monterey County area housing resources and area homeless service providers.
- Work directly with area homeless service providers to verify homeless status of clients and to complete Continuum of Care/Homeless Certification paperwork.
- Maintain accurate and timely documentation of progress notes, financial records, and other data necessary for client care and reporting goals/outcomes, including documentation required for Medi-Cal and other regulatory standards.
- Maintain client related data systems, including CARS and HMIS.
- Work directly with clients to identify housing needs, to identify potential barriers to maintaining housing, and to develop strategies for maintaining housing
- Educate clients on different housing resources and options available to them. Work directly with clients to apply for and obtain appropriate housing vouchers, subsidies, and security deposit assistance.
- Assist clients in their search for housing, filling out rental applications, interpreting leases and understanding tenant rights and responsibilities.
- Maintain confidential, professional boundaries with clients.
- Assist clients with moving (i.e. helping locate affordable moving companies, locating storage units, etc).
- Conduct home visits and inspections with clients.
- Coordinate and communicate regularly with Program Director, Case Coordinators, and Case Managers
- Participate in staff meetings, collaborative case conferences, support team meetings, and other related meetings.
- Demonstrate flexibility e.g. working various shifts as assigned.
- Other duties as assigned.
Ability to: operate a motor vehicle; climb stairs; possess good communication skills; meet the requirements of the classification and have mobility, vision, hearing and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed. Capable of the following extended activities: standing, sitting, climbing stairs.
Capable of the following intermittent activities: lifting 25 pounds or more and bending in the performance of infrequently performed office duties.
This job description is intended to have an accurate reflection of the qualifications and job duties; current management reserves the right to revise the job at any given time when circumstances change. This job description replaces all previous description for this position.
Interim, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
Interim Inc. is guided by the precept that in no aspect of its programs, services or employment practices shall discrimination be permitted because of race, color, national origin, gender, age, creed, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, citizen status, veteran status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristic protected by state or federal law. To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, reasonable accommodations are made for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability, unless hardship, direct threat to health or safety, or other job-related consideration exists. Individual who feel that they have been unlawfully discriminated against because of membership in one of the protected classes should contact the following: Director of Human Resources, Interim, Inc., PO Box 3222, Monterey, CA 93942. (831) 649-4522.