Housing Navigator

Probation · Pleasant Hill, California
Department Probation
Employment Type Part-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $23-$25 Hourly

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Housing Navigator (Part-Time .50 FTE)


ABOUT US


Founded in 1991, Hope Solutions "formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing" is a vibrant and socially responsive non-profit agency that provides permanent housing and vital support services to over 1,500 families and individuals in Contra Costa County who are homeless or are at-risk for homelessness. Over 40 faith-based communities support our work, although there are no religious requirements or affiliations required to receive services.


Hope Solutions just completed a bold 5-year strategic plan that calls for the agency to triple the number of people we house and serve by 2024  We are seeking a dynamic, energetic team player that can help the organization increase its impact, broaden its donor base, increase its public presence, engage residents to be agents of change, and ensure that Hope Solutions continues to achieve excellence and operate with the highest integrity.


Are you seeking a new role that fully utilizes your talents and potential—while helping to make the world a better place? If so, please read on!


What are you passionate about?


At Hope Solutions—we are focused on “ending homelessness one family at a time.” We strive to be inclusive, compassionate, and responsive to community needs. We accomplish our work with integrity, accountability, gratitude, and humor.


Hope Solution's mission is to heal the effects of poverty and homelessness by providing permanent housing and vital support services to highly vulnerable families and individuals in Contra Costa County.


We envision a world in which everyone has a place to call home and the support of a strong community so that they can live with dignity and reach their full potential. 


Could our mission be your mission?


Learn more about us @ hopesolutions.org 


TEAM SNAPSHOT


We’re adding to our team of passionate folks—who are on a mission to help make the lives of others better—through services and support that leads to a higher quality of life for our clients. 


We’d like to learn more about you—apply for the role! What’s our team like? 


Here’s a snapshot of some of the folks at Hope Solutions who help to advance our vision to achieve—secure housing and the dignity of self-sufficiency for the homeless and at-risk families and individuals in Contra Costa County.


A FEW OF US...


DeanneExecutive Director—lives in Central Contra Costa County with her husband and three children. She enjoys hiking the East Bay hills, camping, reading, cooking, and cheering too loudly at her kids’ games.


Alex—Chief Operating Officer lives in Walnut Creek with his wife, son, and dog.  Alex has an MSW and is a self-described macro social worker. He is an avid reader and a huge baseball fan (Go Giants!). He loves spending time at home with his family making food, listening to jazz, and relaxing.


Sara—Director of Programs—lives in West Contra Costa County with her partner and has raised four children. She enjoys walking, knitting, dancing, writing poetry, reading, and Burning Man. Sara is an LCSW and holds a Doctorate in Education.


Bill—Director of Housing Programs—lives in Central Contra Costa County with his partner and is involved in raising his godson. Bill is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with under-served populations for more than 20 years. He also serves on the Contra Costa County Healthcare for the Homeless Co-Applicant Board. He enjoys reading, gardening, and meditation. 


Christina—Director of Finance—lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband, three children, and their dog.  In her spare time, she volunteers at her children’s schools and with Girl Scouts, is on the PTA Board and local AYSO Board.  She also enjoys attending her children’s many sports activities.


Tanya—Director of Housing Navigation—lives in East Contra Costa County. She is married with one daughter and two sons. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and has worked with under-served populations for over 15 years. She enjoys music, comedy, movies, exercising, and watching basketball games.

 

Suzanne—Director of Development—lives in Alameda with her two teenage sons. She is a Rotarian, a member of the Alameda Elks Lodge, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Area Council Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys all things nature including wilderness camping, off-road exploring, kayaking and wandering the diverse terrain of California.


Kristina—Director of Human Resources—lives in Cordelia with her modern-day blended family and is a proud Air Force Mom. She enjoys spending time with family, yoga, indoor cycling, hiking, brunch with friends, and loves to laugh. She believes if you look for the good in all things, you will find it.

 

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

 

Hope Solutions seeks an energetic Housing Advocate who is flexible and responsive to support the needs of our clients while possessing the skill set to collaborate with interdisciplinary team members and community partners. We are looking for compassionate service-driven individuals who fundamentally believe in the potential of others. The Housing Navigator will provide advocacy and financial support (including rent and move-in assistance as needed) to Probation Housing Program (PHP) clients, assessing client goals and matching clients with safe, sustainable housing options. The Housing Navigator provides outreach and engagement with landlords and property owners throughout the county, matching clients with appropriate housing options throughout the county. The Housing Navigator will work with community resources and agencies that may assist in the process of locating housing and placing homeless individuals/families. The Housing Navigator will work closely with the County Coordinated Entry System, the Probation Department, the Probation & Re-Entry Supervisor, and PHP Case Managers to assist clients in securing and maintaining stable housing while meeting program goals of reducing participant homeless time, increasing exits to permanent housing, and limiting returns to homelessness.  

 

Supervisory Responsibility:  None


WHAT YOU WILL DO:


Client Support:

  • Use a Housing First, participant-driven approach for all services.
  • Meet with identified clients to complete assessments of housing needs and create plans for obtaining safe, sustainable housing.
  • Assist clients with “document readiness” (gathering and maintaining verification documents required for housing applications)
  • Research and identify housing opportunities for clients as requested or needed.
  • Assist clients in identifying and seeking desirable, appropriate housing options, working to mitigate screening barriers.
  • Provide applicants with housing-related resources necessary to obtain and sustain housing placement, including information regarding tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities.
  • Partner with PHP Case Managers and Probation Department staff, as well as other community partners as needed, to ensure coordination of care.
  • Transport clients to meet with prospective landlords, to complete housing applications, and to inspect potential units on an as-needed basis.
  • Apply knowledge of residential leases to educate clients regarding their rights and responsibilities.

 

Landlord/Community Outreach and Engagement:

  • Work with community partners to assess housing barriers and needs of clients who are experiencing homelessness and are eligible for services.
  • Maintain key relationships with community service providers, Probation referral sources, and Coordinated Entry programs.
  • Develop outreach and marketing strategies to identify landlords and build housing inventory. Make presentations to interested parties: target audiences will vary but may include faith communities, rental associations, board and care facilities, elected officials, and property management companies.
  • In partnership with Hope Solutions, brokered housing and property management staff, collaborate regarding shared housing resources.
  • Provide mediation and advocacy with landlords on clients’ behalf to assist with obtaining and/or maintaining housing.
  • Create and maintain consistent communication channels, both verbal and written, between collaborating parties (i.e., tenant, landlord, referral sources, service agencies, debtors, and creditors).
  • Participate in Probation Housing Program team meetings and Coordinated Entry meetings related to housing placement and assessment as needed.

 

Organizational/Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Professionally represent Hope Solutions in all circumstances.
  • Comply with policies, procedures, standards of practice, and outcome requirements for the Probation Housing Program.
  • Comply with all legal/ethical professional guidelines for maintaining consumer confidentiality, protecting consumer rights, advocating on consumers’ behalf, and assuring consumer safety.
  • Comply with all local, state, and federal regulations as well as with HOPE SOLUTIONS Policies and Procedures.
  • Assure that timely and accurate data is entered into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and other data systems required to track landlord engagement.
  • Maintain confidential data files that adhere to HIPAA regulations.
  • Assist with the creation/distribution of standardized annual landlord satisfaction surveys and prepare reports regarding data from surveys.
  • Administer and track monthly financial subsidy needed by each family in their individualized plan.
  • Attend all required meetings, including but not limited to: HOPE SOLUTIONS staff meetings, Probation Housing Program team meetings, Brokered Housing team meetings, Coordinated Entry system meetings, consumer case conferences, linkage meetings with other agencies, and training as assigned.
  • Attend regular individual supervision meetings and provide timely reporting on housing resources and housing stability of clients.
  • On-call, after hours, and backup work may be required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Qualifications:

  • Passion for and demonstrated experience successfully supporting vulnerable populations, especially homeless clients with mental disabilities.
  • BA degree in social work or related field; equivalent experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in the human service field, preferably with housing retention barriers such as substance abuse, mental health, and/or income challenges.
  • Bi-lingual in English/Spanish a plus.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency in the use of Microsoft and database applications.
  • Must have operational vehicle, auto insurance, valid California driver’s license, and be willing to drive for work.
  • Must pass LiveScan screening and TB test.
  • Salary contingent upon skill and experience.

  

    Physical Qualifications:

    • The person in this position may make home visits to residents who live on second or third-floor apartments (without elevators) and will need to be able to climb stairs.
    • May accompany residents on walks to local resources (grocery store, childcare, parks) up to ½ mile in distance.
    • Must be able to work in a desk setting for up to 3 hours at a time to make calls to residents, research resources on the internet, collaborate with community providers with calls/emails.
    • Office setting activities are required, such as typing on a laptop/computer to respond to emails, enter case notes into a database, copy and fax forms and documents on a copy machine related to maintaining or obtaining housing.
    • Occasionally must be able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds, including furnishings for new residents, files, holiday gifts, and food donations.
    • Ability to drive an automobile and transport oneself and residents to appointments, or to meet at resident homes, including driving at night. 


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    • Location
      Pleasant Hill, California
    • Department
      Probation
    • Employment Type
      Part-Time
    • Minimum Experience
      Experienced
    • Compensation
      $23-$25 Hourly