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Housing Specialist

Job Details

749 Story Rd. - San Jose, CA
$21.84 - $24.00 Hourly
Advocacy - Intimate Partner Violence


Job purpose

The Housing Specialist provides housing support and assistance to survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking. This position performs landlord outreach and engagement assistance to connect clients with sustainable housing opportunities.


Duties and responsibilities

  • Negotiates client leases, attends housing interviews, and assists with tenant-landlord mediation.
  • Works with survivors to assess housing needs and identify appropriate housing placements.
  • Guides and educates clients on how to search for, secure, and maintain permanent affordable housing.
  • Guides and educates clients in applying for financial assistance for move-in costs, deposits, and/or delinquent rent.
  • Identifies and collaborates with potential local housing stakeholders and community partners.
  • Develops and maintains a database of available housing opportunities for potential and current clients.
  • Provides education about the impact of gender-based violence on housing, and landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities.
  • Provides or arranges housing quality inspections and ensures compliance with requirements for housing funds.
  • Provides outreach and training to diverse communities, service providers, and property owners.
  • Screens, facilitates intake, provides safety planning, and provides referrals for potential survivors of gender-based violence in person and via the 24-hour Crisis Hotline as needed.
  • Completes other duties and related projects as assigned.



  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent.
  • Two years or more experience with housing and homelessness issues affecting victims of crime.
  • Knowledge and understanding of fair housing and tenant-landlord laws.
  • Knowledge of housing services, housing resources, and prior experience working in Santa Clara County housing market.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Completion of, or ability to complete the California state mandated 40-hour Domestic Violence Assistance training.
  • Ability to communicate well with people of diverse cultural professional and experiential backgrounds.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to maintain a valid California driver license, current personal auto insurance, and an MVR sufficient to maintain insurability under agency auto liability policies.
  • Experience in the field of Gender-Based violence, or survivor-centered advocacy highly desired.
  • Bilingual in English and a Santa Clara County threshold language, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, or Korean preferred.


Working conditions

This job requires you to be in the community, in client’s homes, and other community partner sites. Work is often conducted in an office environment. Basic safety precautions and use of protective clothing or gear is required. Driving is essential to the function of this job.


Physical requirements

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is required to sit for long periods of time; see to utilize a computer screen; frequently use hands; and reach with hands and arms for activities such as keyboarding.