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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.

SSVF (Support Services for Veteran Families) Housing Advocate

Job Summary: Dedicated to working with all three components of the SSVF Program – rapid housing, re-housing within 90 days of losing housing, and housing stabilization and prevention. Develop relationships with landlords and property managers for permanent housing placement and retention. Work collaboratively on SSVF Team to achieve stated outcomes. Provide follow up advocacy to landlords on behalf of SSVF participants, providing all necessary supports to prevent further loss of housing.

Required qualifications: Bachelors or Associate’s degree in Human Services or related field, and 3-5 years of direct related experience. Experience working with homeless population, various subsidized housing options, working with a diverse population, including those with severe and persistent mental illness and substance use disorders. Veteran status a plus.

Essential Functions: Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills, work independently and collaborate with team, travel in the community, some weekend availability. Maintain database reporting, strong personal and professional boundaries.

Responsibilities

Skills

  • Develop and maintain relationships with landlords and property managers, advocating on behalf of SSVF participants.
  • Work with participants to assess housing barriers, needs and preferences.
  • Liaison to identified collaborating organizations and vendors to mitigate barriers to housing, e.g.: credit, legal, rental history.
  • Identify apartment, SRO, and other appropriate housing vacancies, and travel to potential placements with participants as needed.
  • Ensure rapid and smooth transitioning into the community, coordinating and securing rental assistance, furniture banks and moving assistance with NECHV and other community agencies before utilizing SSVF funds.
  • Utilize and coordinate housing efforts with Case Managers and Housing Advocates from NECHV, VA - HUD/VASH and Shelter Plus Care, local Housing Authorities, other programs working with homeless assistance.
  • Assist with post-placement housing stabilization services via follow up (weekly and tapering off to monthly as needed), reporting back to team.
  • Work with identified veterans who are at risk of homelessness, working with team to provide homelessness prevention services in area of housing advocacy.
  • Maintain service notes, housing statistics and track successful SSVF services and outcomes.
  • Meet weekly with SSVF Team, assisting with other tasks to ensure securing and maintaining housing.
To apply send cover letter and resume to Gabi Vacheresse at vacheresse@homestart.org. Apply Now

Housing Stabilization Advocate

Housing Stabilization Advocate

Responsibilities:
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.

Qualifications:

Responsibilities

Skills

  • 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
Email resume and cover letter to: Lori Cain, COO, HomeStart, 105 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111. Fax (617) 542-1454 cain@homestart.org Apply Now

SSVF Housing Advocate

Dedicated to working with all three components of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program – rapid housing, re-housing within 90 days of losing housing, and housing stabilization and prevention. Develop relationships with landlords and property managers in order to permanently place veterans into housing and ensure the veterans remain stably housed. Work collaboratively as part of the SSVF Program team, which is led by the New England Center and Home for Veterans in collaboration with HomeStart, Veterans Transition House, BPHC, Pine Street Inn, and Project Place. Provide follow up advocacy to landlords on behalf of SSVF participants, providing all necessary supports to prevent further loss of housing.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with landlords and property managers, advocating on behalf of SSVF participants.
  • Work with participants to assess housing barriers, needs and preferences.
  • Liaison to identified collaborating organizations and vendors to mitigate barriers to housing, e.g.: credit, legal, rental history.
  • Identify apartment, SRO, and other appropriate housing vacancies, and travel to potential placements with participants as needed.
  • Ensure rapid and smooth transitioning into the community, coordinating and securing rental assistance, furniture banks and moving assistance with NECHV and other community agencies before utilizing SSVF funds.
  • Utilize and coordinate housing efforts with shelter case managers and other veterans and homeless service providers.
  • Maintain service notes, housing statistics and track successful SSVF services and outcomes.
  • Meet weekly with SSVF Team, assisting with other tasks to ensure securing and maintaining housing.

Skills

  • 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 and 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 use write clear and concise letters and emails and perform basic calculations.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word for letter writing and Microsoft Excel for data entry.
  • Ability to facilitate groups and conduct presentations.
  • Knowledge of subsidized and private housing resources and regulations preferred.
  • Experience with homeless adults and/or mental health conditions preferred.
  • Bilingual skills and/or veteran status a plus.
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. Email cover letter and resume to Vacheresse@homestart.org Apply Now

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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.

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