Housing Specialist
Job Details
Harlem - New York, NY

Title:                           Housing Specialist

Unit:                           Housing

Reports to:                 Manager of Residential Services

Status:                        Full-Time; Regular; Non-Exempt

Location:                    Harlem, NY

Days/Hours:               Day and Evening hours.


Position Summary:

This individual will be responsible for conducting initial housing screening for new residents entering the Fortune Academy; develop relationships with housing providers; complete housing vouchers including Section 8, NYNYIII, and CityFeps; facilitate housing workshop and financial management groups and carrying a manageable caseload for participants who are part of the housing program.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Utilize various housing database systems to submit housing vouchers;
  • Develop relationships with housing providers, i.e. landlords, realtors, housing programs;
  • Carry a manageable caseload;
  • Participate in case conferences as needed;
  • Conduct toxicology;
  • Facilitate client groups;
  • Outreach potential clients, whether via external partners or through interdepartmental collaboration;
  • Use the agency’s electronic database to record service provided;
  • Inform immediate supervisor of any barriers or challenges which may arise during the course of providing services;
  • Participate in professional development and training via a self-directed means or as requested by supervisor; and
  • Perform other related duties as needed.
  • High school degree or GED required; some college preferred;
  • Experience providing housing assistance a must;
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office and familiarity with client management databases;
  • Be able to work independently and support a team approach;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills required;
  • Bi-lingual in English/Spanish a plus;
  • Knowledge of, and sensitivity to, social issues faced by formerly incarcerated individuals;
  • Work schedule flexibility to provide group services during evening programming;
  • Ability to develop and establish groups; and
  • We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to this mission.  Relevant personal experience is a plus.


Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.