Housing Coordinator
Job Details
Orangewood Foundation - Santa Ana, CA
Full Time
$22.00 - $24.82 Hourly

Founded: 1981
Mission: To strive for equity for our youth by valuing and supporting the life they envision.
Values: Respect, Trust, Empathy, Inclusion & Advocacy

Position Title: Housing Coordinator
Employment Classification: Full time; Hourly; Non-Exempt
Reports to: Program Supervisor Youth Emergency Services
Department: Program

Program Summary: The purpose of this program is to create and/or enhance housing stability for crime victims. The program will support transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and supportive services, including follow-up services that move victims of crime into permanent housing.

Position Summary: The Housing Coordinator assists Transition Age Youth (TAY) to apply for and receive financial assistance in order for them to get into or maintain housing. Housing Coordinator develops and maintains positive relationships with affordable housing communities in Orange County in order to provide housing resources to TAY.


Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Serve as contact to assist applicants (youth) with questions, document collection, referrals, etc.
  • Review applications and determine if application meets criteria, and recommend action based on criteria and guidelines.
  • Communicate with referring agency/staff, and applicants about their eligibility status. Schedule meetings as needed.
  • Process applications - determine appropriate funding amount, payment schedule and disburse funds.
  • Provide short-term case management to support youth as they transition into their new home.
  • Assist youth with building and maintaining life-skills
  • Develop and maintain mutual relationships with Orange County housing providers and landlords.
  • Assist youth with landlord negotiations and leases.
  • Represent the organization at community meetings as needed.
  • Provide short term crisis intervention to support youth.
  • Maintains a listing of all active and available housing partnerships.
  • Ensure the daily input of data into Apricot.
  • Prepare & submit on time required State data.
  • Work within established budget, manage program expenses, and expend annual budgeted dollars.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Human Services, Social Welfare, Education, Psychology, or related field.
  • Experience working with TAY ages 18-24 using trauma informed practices.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting TAY, including foster youth, youth experiencing homelessness, and survivors of trafficking.
  • Minimum of 1-year experience working with TAY population, and TAY experiencing homelessness is required.
  • Minimum of 1-year experience working directly with Orange County housing services and programs (emergency, transitional, permanent supportive housing) and 1-year experience working with Coordinated Entry System, HMIS database preferred.
  • Familiarity regarding Orange County housing communities and their challenges/barriers with providing opportunities to homeless youth.
  • Knowledge of housing contracts/landlord negotiations.
  • Be comfortable with and understand young adult, adolescent & child abuse issues.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Comfortable public speaking and presenting oneself in professional and community settings.
  • Demonstrate strong, independent project management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, be detailed oriented, independently make significant decisions, and be a self-starter.
  • Highly motivated, willing to learn, and able to work independently at times.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications; Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point.
  • Possess a valid California drivers license and proof of automobile insurance. Position requires DMV clearance.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check, FBI/DOJ fingerprinting, TB test, and drug screen. Previous employment will be verified.

Essential Qualities:

  • Ensure a welcoming environment that supports and respects all youth regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Displays ethical decision-making ability and confidentiality.
  • Models leadership and professionalism.
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain organization.
  • Must be detail-oriented team player with the ability to self-start.
  • Understanding of and passion for the Foundations mission, vision, values.
  • Enjoys working directly with youth, volunteers, community partners, etc.
  • Demonstrates organizational operating principles of Communication and Teamwork.
  • Displays the organizations essential attitudes by approaching projects, activities, and other job functions with flexibility and a positive attitude.
  • Passion for and enjoys working directly with TAY population.

Working Environment/Physical Requirements: Position may require use of personal vehicle. Physical requirements include standing, sitting, typing, bending and lifting up to approximately 50 lbs. (i.e. tables, chairs, food, water, etc.)

Modification to work schedule may be made based on need of the Foundation.


Orangewood Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other protected group, in accordance with all applicable federal or State laws.


Updated: 12/02/2022

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