The Downtown Women's Center (DWC) seeks a full-time Housing Specialist with a proven history of high quality intensive case management services provision, to provide culturally responsive services through Project 100. The Project 100 program is focused on providing culturally responsive services to unhoused women, living on Skid Row, who have experienced long-term homelessness and have been historically underserved by traditional housing programs. This innovative program is dedicated to implementing the recommendations of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness and the Ad- Hoc Committee on Women Experiencing Homelessness, and is designed to quickly and permanently house the most vulnerable women of Skid Row. Project 100 is a collaboration between Downtown Women's Center, the Mayors Office, City Council, and other homeless service sector partners. This senior level direct service role is responsible for providing intensive case management services, housing navigation, and conducting outreach to women in the Skid Row area. The Case Manager will be responsible for engaging women in services, building a caseload, establishing housing linkages and placement, and provide individualized case management using Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing Models. This position will report directly to the Project 100 Program Manager.
- Provide culturally-responsive field- based case management services to the most vulnerable women living in the Skid Row area to secure housing, including landlord engagement, identification of housing locations in the community, conducting biopsychosocial assessments, creating individual service plans, including goals to ensure housing stability, and ensuring women are linked to the appropriate services
- Implement recommendations from the Ad-Hoc Committees on Black People Experiencing Homelessness, and Ad-Hoc Committee on Women Experiencing Homelessness, in providing services ranging from outreach, housing navigation, housing retention and connection with community resources
- Collaborate with community service providers to identify appropriate clients through educational presentations and street outreach, as needed
- Arrange transportation or provide transportation in personal vehicle, as needed, to ensure that clients are able to attend appointments
- Research and provide necessary referrals for linkage with health care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, food, employment, job training, public benefits and other services as indicated by treatment planning
- Assist newly housed clients in familiarizing and connecting with community resources including but not limited to, local grocery stores, entertainment, transportation, health care and social supports and services
- Address client crisis, as needed
- Work to effectively meet clients needs and resolve individual barriers through follow-up , advocacy and collaboration with DWC staff and other community service providers
- Process housing applications including but not limited to project-based Permanent Supportive Housing and PHA (Public Housing Authorities) voucher applications
- Maintain accurate and timely records of activities, case management notes, and services provided to each participant
- Participate in weekly individual and group supervision, in addition to other agency meetings and trainings as required
- Participate in quarterly peer chart reviews by providing and responding to colleague feedback and making necessary corrections in a timely manner
- Develop and maintain relationships with clients, staff and local service providers, participate in community meetings pertaining to services benefiting clients, and serve as a representative of DWC at community events
- Be an ambassador of DWC and its mission and values by participating in community meetings/events
- Provide weekly, monthly and as needed written reports to the Program Supervisor as assigned
- Advocate for racial equity and eliminating systemic barriers to housing retention
- Additional duties as assigned
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Competencies (I.e. Flexibility, Communication Proficiency, Budget Management, Relationship Management)
- Strong engagement skills
- Relationship building
This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
This position is primarily field-based, meeting clients in the field, but does also sometimes work in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday- Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Travel is expected for this position. The position is primarily field-based.