(Regular / Part Time)
Oversee specific refugee housing placements and issues in compliance with the Reception and Placement Cooperative Agreement; locate and securing initial housing for newly arrived refugees; and act as a liaison between program and outside agencies and persons relevant to the specific programs.
• Contact/maintain positive relationships with area landlords to secure safe, decent, and affordable rental housing.
• Conduct outreach with community advocates, landlord associations and other potential partners to develop or improve access to safe, decent and affordable housing for refugees.
• Develop, communicate and implement housing guidelines and standard operating procedures.
• Inspect potential housing (100%) to verify its suitability for a refugee or other client case—following State Department guidelines for refugee housing and investigating neighborhood safety issues, as well as evaluating the affordability.
• Liaise with Facilities Staff for housing set-ups, working from Facilities housing set-up calendar.
• Provide housing keys to Facilities at least 3 days before the set-up whenever possible.
• Request checks to pay for initial rent and security deposit, coordinating financial capacity/needs of the case with the case manager.
• Ensure house is ready for arrival of the refugee or other client case, including: activating utilities and completing the home safety checklists, ensuring landlord makes required repairs and cleans as necessary, and obtaining lease agreements.
• With reunification cases, coordinate housing through consultation with case manager and US Tie relative or friend. Do a home visit to the home of reunification cases and do the home safety checklist.
• Conduct housing orientation and education with clients in groups or with individuals
• Respond to Landlord concerns when necessary, refer client housing problems to Case Managers
• Support holiday/seasonal donation events, i.e. Easter baskets, Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas gifts, winter clothing, etc.
• Attend and actively participate in Agency and Program meetings, conferences, in-services and other meetings deemed appropriate.
• Provide transportation for clients as deemed necessary.
Minimum of a High School education with four years directly related experience or an Associate Degree with two years of directly related experience. Preferred: possession of a four year undergraduate degree (Bachelor Degree) with or without experience. Prior Case Management experience in social services field preferred. Experience with people from a culture outside the United States. Empathy for and understanding of refugees, evacuees or homeless preferred. Possession of a valid driver’s license, automobile, and appropriate insurance. Preferred is fluency in a second language (other than English) that is representative of a Refugee population currently being served by the Program. Prefer ability to work beyond the parameters of posted Agency/Program hours of operation as necessary to complete Job Responsibilities.
RESPOND BY: Open Until Filled
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St. Vincent Catholic Charities
Attn: Ms. Shawn Koster
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