HomeStart offers salary plus a generous benefits package, dynamic staff, flexibility, and a supportive work environment. HomeStart is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Persons of color and the formerly homeless encouraged to apply.
BPHC Women’s Housing Search Advocate
Dynamic, innovative non-profit agency seeks experienced person for a Homelessness Housing Search Advocate position based mainly in our Boston office with some off-site hours at Woods Mullen Shelter. Ideal candidates will have housing search, case management or substance abuse/mental health experience. This position will work with female guests in the shelter to locate affordable housing. Some non-traditional hours may be expected from time-to-time.
HomeStart is Greater Boston’s leading provider of housing search and follow-up support services for homeless and low-income people.
HomeStart offers: Salary plus generous benefits package, a dynamic staff, flexibility, and a supportive work environment. HomeStart is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Persons of color and formerly homeless persons encouraged to apply.
- Provide direct, intensive housing search support to homeless women living at Boston Public Health Commission’s Woods Mullen Shelter.
- Maintain communication with support service staff and housing providers as needed.
- Think strategically to create an effective housing search plan.
- Provide information referral services to HomeStart clients.
- Maintain detailed files and perform accurate data entry.
- Minimum 1 to 3 years’ experience in housing search or related field (mental health services and counseling, case management, advocacy, community organizing, education, and/or property management).
- Dedication to ending homelessness.
- Passion for advocacy, outreach, and effective social service delivery.
- Ability to complete housing applications, read and interpret notices, and perform other verbal and written tasks on behalf of clients.
- Ability to navigate the internet to locate housing and other resources.
- Ability to perform basic calculations and use computers to prepare communication and other documents, and perform data entry.
- Organization, time management, and accountability.
- Knowledge of subsidized and private housing resources and regulations preferred.
- Experience with homeless adults and/or mental health conditions preferred.
- Bilingual skills a plus.
Housing Stabilization Advocate
Housing Stabilization Advocate
Assist formerly homeless individuals and some families become independent and successful by assisting in obtaining permanent housing and providing follow-up case management services.
Help participants obtain and maintain mainstream benefits (e.g. food stamps, SSI, MassHealth)
Facilitate participants’ transition from homeless-based to community-based resources.
Work with participants to maintain their housing and prevent recurrent homelessness.
Assist participants in relocating as needed.
Aid participants in enrolling children in school and accessing all eligible resources needed by the family.
Establish and monitor mental health and substance abuse recovery plans.
Support participants in accessing detox or other appropriate substance abuse treatment.
Respond to participants who are in a mental health or other crisis (creating safety plans, accessing emergency services, suicide assessment and intervention, etc)
Travel throughout Greater Boston conducting home visits.
Assist with budgeting skills and other activities of daily living.
Participants include individuals and families with mental illness, long histories of substance abuse, and limited experience with independent living.
- Patient, flexible and caring
- Mental health and substance abuse experience
- Case management experience
- Sense of humor
- Experience with homeless population and/or families
- Ability to work well as part of a team
- Accountability, good time management, and organizational ability
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a broad range of people
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Good math skills
- Computer skills (MS Windows, Word, Excel, internet, etc.)
- Dedication to helping people who are homeless move beyond shelter
Fundraising Event Volunteer
HomeStart throws several fundraising events throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering or participating in one of our annual events, contact Michelle Chandler at 617.542.0338 x230 or via e-mail at Chandler@HomeStart.org.