Housing Specialist - St. Vincent Catholic Charities

Job Details
Lansing, MI

Job Posting
Housing Specialist
(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

St. Vincent Catholic Charities
Attn: Ms. Shawn Koster
Fax: 517-886-1191

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