Transitional Housing Advocate
Under the close supervision and direction of the Lead Transitional Housing Case Manager and in collaboration with the Program Officer, the Transitional Housing Advocate provides housing services to those clients who qualify under the Transitional Housing Program. This includes reviewing candidates’ applications for the program, assisting clients with services offered, and providing referrals to housing resources within the community when clients qualify for such subsidies. Responsibilities include advocating for victim’s rights, program implementation, and working with community partners in providing the services offered under our program’s umbrella. Other services provided include peer counseling, advocacy, rapid rehousing services, one-time rental/move-in assistance, and household establishment.
Requirements of the Transitional Housing Advocate:
- Relevant work experience with a social services agency serving individuals who have experienced trauma or working within a housing program.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to speak effectively in public and facilitate group discussions as needed.
- Ability to represent the business professionally on agency business.
- Ability to pass a background investigation, including willingness to be fingerprinted and undergo pre-employment drug testing.
- Possession of a valid CA Driver’s License, reliable transportation, and providing proof of vehicle insurance.
- Satisfactory completion of 66-hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Counselor training (post-hiring requirement).
- Free from any personal involvement with domestic violence and/or sexual assault within the past 12 months.
$16.00-$18.00 an hour
Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Responsibilities of the Transitional Housing Advocate:
- Provide client assessment and crisis intervention to walk-in/scheduled clients who have indicated a need for housing services.
- Review Transitional Housing Applications per assistance requested by domestic violence victims.
- Provide on-going case management including responding to reasonable needs to clients under the program’s budgetary restrictions.
- Knowledge of the program’s objectives and maintain compliance with the grant requirements.
- Perform data entry requirements within the business database – ServicePoint (HMIS)
- Attend weekly Transitional Housing and Residence Case Staffing with project staff as assigned.
- Assist in follow up reporting for funded projects by the direction and requests from Program Officer.
- Assist in in providing advocacy to clients in need within housing project.
- Prepare check requests for payment assistance – rent, move-in costs, utilities, etc. when needed.
- Assist with coordination of household establishment assistance with project staff and volunteers.
ADDITIONAL JOB DUTIES:
- Provide follow-up services to clients participating in the program.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings an in-service training, as required.
- Ability to balance and provide self-care while meeting the demands of this position.
- Provide additional advocacy services to the agency’s clients on an as needed basis.
- Maintain Crisis Intervention Counselor Certification by participating in on-going continuing educations (post-hiring requirement).
- Participate in the after-hours crisis hotline scheduling two shifts each month (post-training).
O2 Employment Services is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs to perform the essential functions of the position.