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Housing Specialist

Company: VOA
Location: Quincy
Posted on: May 17, 2022

Job Description:

The Opportunity: Housing Specialist, Behavioral Health Services

Who We Are -- VOAMASS gives members of the community who need help the most the services, support, and self-esteem they need to create a fresh start. At VOAMASS, our dedicated teams are committed to serving the whole person.

What We Do -- Through our powerful integrated behavioral health care model, we bring together vast resources from a diverse team of caring staff to help each client meet their personal goals. The care we provide paves the way for greater opportunity and second chances by focusing on the critical pillars towards a healthy life: behavioral health, financial stability, and safe housing.

As a Housing Specialist, you'll have a dynamic and critical role by ensuring our work results in a consistent and positive flow of housing opportunities for program participants. As Housing Specialist, you will coordinate with integrated teams across VOAMASS to identify and coordinate services for individuals who are temporality housed, at risk of losing housing, or undomiciled.

This role is about making a difference in the lives of the people we serve. You'll bring the following qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in education, psychology, rehabilitative counseling, or related human service field.
A minimum of two years job placement and supportive case management/community outreach experience, or equivalent.
Knowledge of working with justice involved, veterans, mental health, substance use, and co-occurring individuals
Relationships and linkages to local community, state, and Federal housing resources preferred.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office as well as exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
Key Responsibilities:
Provide service coordination between integrated care team and community partners, for persons served.
Connect and create relationships with housing authorities, housing placements, housing assistance organizations, and veterans housing placements, for referrals and linkages.
Thoroughly assess persons served strengths, and barriers to obtaining permanent housing, and develop housing strategy that incorporates means of mitigating any barriers to permanent housing.
Travel to housing sites to support persons served in application process, interview process, or assessment process; address any barriers identified.
Communicate effectively with client's integrated care team and VOAMASS programs to rapidly address and correct issues with services or supports- especially housing services.
Ensure that person(s) served receive services that support housing placement; addressing assessed needs, promote healthy decision-making, securing financial independence and promoting relationships.
Participate in program and professional supervision, attend required staff meetings and trainings, and contribute to team-based collaborative planning.
Follows professional standards and ensures that all services are documented and maintenance of persons served records is completed.
Other duties as needed and requested.

Since 1934, VOAMASS has provided critical services to the residents of the Commonwealth. From pioneering early residential treatment programs in the 1960's to leading today in the field of mental health prison diversion programming, VOAMASS can be counted on to tackle our greatest challenges

For full-time employees, our comprehensive and generous benefits package includes:
Competitive Health, Vision and Dental insurance
Flexible Spending and Health Reimbursement Account
Employer paid Life and Long-Term Disability
403(b) matching retirement plans
Tuition Remission Programs
Loan Forgiveness (PSLF Program)
Fitness/Wellness reimbursement
Employee Discount Program
Pet Insurance
Blue Care Line (24/7 Nurse hotline)
Generous Vacation, Sick, and Personal Time Benefits
13 Paid Holidays
Employee Referral Bonus with no annual cap

Vaccination Policy:
In accordance with VOAMASS' duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace, we have adopted a mandatory vaccination policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our clients, partners, visitors, and the community at large from COVID-19. This policy complies with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.


Keywords: VOA, Quincy , Housing Specialist, Other , Quincy, Massachusetts

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