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Housing Stabilizer III

Company: LA Family Housing
Location: Lancaster
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Job Description:

The Housing Stabilizer III is responsible for the development and implementation of a housing stabilization plan for formerly homeless individuals who are newly housed. The housing stabilization plan will focus on increasing housing sustainability through a "whatever it takes" approach. This includes non-traditional case management that encourages flexibility and creativity in your work, as well as collaboration with outside resources and partners, to limit/remove barriers impeding participants' access to housing, transportation, income, health, mental health, housing stability, and overall well-being. Housing stabilization support will occur via phone, email, mail, and/or in person. Responsible for building and maintaining relationships with landlords/management firms/property owners as well as with partner agencies and resource providers in the Coordinated Entry System. Stabilizers need to demonstrate strong leadership skills and are responsible for learning and staying up to date on the best practices in homeless services (e.g. Housing First Model, Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, etc.).
SPECIFIC DUTIES:-- Assess each participant's acuity using evidence-based assessment tools, and work with participants to create a housing stabilization plan that will maximize housing retention and increase quality of life and community engagement. Assessments will be conducted face-to-face and in the participant's home whenever possible-- Assist participants with accessing resources and services to increase housing stability (e.g. linkage to primary care physicians, health insurance, food banks, credit repair, legal aid, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), money management, tenant rights and responsibilities, mental health, benefits enrollment, etc.). Conduct regular home visits and accompany participants as needed to appointments related to housing stability (e.g. HACLA appointments, doctor appointments, court appearances, benefit hearings, etc.)-- Provide counseling, instruction, and assistance (both one-on-one and in group settings) to participants in the area of increasing skills of independent living such as bill paying, household management, personal care, cooking, and nutrition-- Assist participants in developing and attaining goals related to employment and/or vocational training with the intention of increasing income-- Provide crisis intervention as needed, if participant is at imminent risk of returning to homelessness-- Provide advocacy as needed to help address issues and barriers between landlord and participants; assist with referrals to Fair Housing-- Work to consistently develop and maintain collaborative relationships with partner agencies and service providers within the Coordinated Entry System to address participant needs relevant to increasing income, improving daily living skills, and increasing community engagement. Participate in case conferences, tenant meetings, staff meetings, and community meetings as required-- Keep up-to-date, accurate, well-written/well-documented case notes that correspond to services provided to each participant; complete all documentation and paperwork within the mandated timeframes; prepare clear, thorough written assessments and referrals for inclusion in individual case files, and provide supervisor with any and all information requested in the timeframe given; Develop, maintain, and regularly update files with all required documents from various funders-- Attend required trainings; seek out learning opportunities for continued education; stay up to date on the best practices in participant care and ending homelessness; participate in agency's internship program as needed-- Drive personal vehicle in and around Los Angeles County and drive agency vehicles periodically to transport clients-- Additional tasks, projects, and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master's Degree in Social Work or a related field and one (1) year of social service experience or a bachelor's degree in Social Work or a related field and six (6) years of experience in social services

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYLAFH is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for applicants and employees.
    FAIR CHANCE INITIATIVELAFH is in compliance with the Fair Chance Initiative for hiring and will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories.

Keywords: LA Family Housing, Lancaster , Housing Stabilizer III, Other , Lancaster, California

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