Housing Support Specialist, Com. on Temp Shelter/VHCB - #292029


Date: 06/11/2021 15:30 PM

City: Burlington, Vermont

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Housing Support Specialist, Com. on Temp Shelter/VHCB

Join the creative and dedicated team at the Committee on Temporary Shelter! COTS, a nonprofit recognized nationally as a model for innovative programs. COTS provides emergency shelter, supportive services, financial assistance, and housing for those who are without homes or who are at risk of homelessness. We believe: in the value and dignity of every human life; that housing is a fundamental human right; and that emergency shelter is not the solution to homelessness. Bring the best of you to the best of social missions! Apply today! COTS provides emergency shelter, supportive services, and financial assistance to people experiencing housing instability in Chittenden County. With the COVID 19 pandemic, the housing landscape and supportive services has changed. COTS has created a motel outreach program, to support households in motels in addition to existing housing navigation services. The goal of the Housing Support Specialist is to work with individuals and families at risk of losing their housing to stabilize their housing; through applying for financial assistance and direct connection to community supports, to assist homeless individuals and families in obtaining housing; to provide education to clients on homelessness prevention; and to assist clients in accessing appropriate community resources. This position involves both field and office service. Some weekend and evening service is required. Position begins Sept 8, 2021 and ends Aug 12, 2022. This position is Full Time: Requires 1,720 hours for an average of 40 hours per week for 48 weeks. Member will receive a living allowance of $20,400 (pre-tax) and an education award of $6,345 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities. Please visit www.vhcb.org/our-programs/vhcb-americorps for full description. Further help on this page can be found by clicking here.

Member Duties : • Meet w/ clients & collect intake information • Assess immediate & short-term financial needs regarding back rent/mortgage or security deposit assistance, & if currently housed, housing sustainability & suitability. • Make appropriate referrals to assist clients with accessing all available supports. • Assist clients with paperwork necessary to access resources. • Assist in administering in-house resources (i.e., security deposit program, housing retention program funds, etc.). • Maintain client files & provide follow up support. • Maintain an up-to-date list of community resources. • Coordinate informational meetings with community partners to review available resources. • Complete initial screening of motel outreach households, as necessary. • Support Housing Navigation, Housing search, & Motel outreach clients in completing paperwork & gathering documentation. • Participate in all VHCB AmeriCorps Events, & Program Initiatives.

Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible , Training , Living Allowance , Education award upon successful completion of service , Health Coverage .

Terms :

Car recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours .

Service Areas :

Community and Economic Development , Housing , Community Outreach .

Skills :

Community Organization , Social Services , Communications , Team Work , Leadership , General Skills .

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