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Housing Specialist, Flagstone Family Center

Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City, where all children and adults have access to the resources and supports they need to thrive.  We take a comprehensive approach by offering more than 160 integrated programs in:  Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Job Training & Employment Support Services, Health, Housing, and Legal Services. We reach more than 65,000 individuals and families each year at our 90 locations, including 20,000 youth.  CAMBA serves a diverse cross section of New Yorkers from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. More than half of our clients are immigrants and refugees from around the globe. Over 85% of our families are in living in poverty, reflecting the challenges faced by nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers today. 

​​CAMBA's Flagstone Family Center provides comprehensive case management services to 160 families who are in a Tier II transitional residence program for homeless families.  The facility consists of eight (8) four (4) story walk up apartment buildings on the east and west sides of the street.  There will be two main entrances: one for the east side of the street and one for the west.  Each building contains 20 apartments of varying sizes, each fully self-contained.  

Responsibilities:
  • Aid individuals requiring social service assistance

  • Interview and evaluate clients and formulate Independent living plans and aid client to implement goals

  • Locate and make use of appropriate community resources for clients

  • Maintain professional relationships with clients and client confidentiality.
  • Serve as a liaison with outside organizations regarding such matters as education, healthcare, housing, social services, legal issues, etc.
  • Assist clients in attaining their Housing and Entitlements related goals by identifying and referring clients to appropriate services both within and outside CAMBA.
  • Conduct housing search efforts for each housing ready client on caseload monthly (i.e., referrals to housing providers, contact landlords, search for apartment listings, etc.)
  • Develop curriculum to address shelter residents' Housing, Independent Living Skills and Entitlement related needs including, permanent housing search process and options.
  • Develop a series of monthly Housing Workshops.
  • Develop and maintain a Bulletin Board that serves to provide relevant Housing related information
  • Provide individualized and group counseling on housing and entitlement related topics.
  • Organize and schedule presentations by local real estate experts and/or landlords.
  • Select and utilize appropriate instructional procedures or methods such as individual training, group instruction, self-study, lectures, demonstrations, simulation exercises, role play, and computer-based training.
  • Establish linkages with community-based organizations and local landlords.
  • Review all documentation establishing clients' eligibility for program.
  • Create and maintain client files.
  • Conduct initial intake and assessment of clients and clients' families' needs and periodic re-assessments.
  • In collaboration with clients, prepare initial and periodic revisions of independent living plans including short-term and long-term client goals.
  • Work with clients to break through barriers to client goals and to assist clients in advocating for themselves and in moving toward self-sufficiency.
  • Recommend and implement strategies to persuade clients to participate more fully in this process.
  • Monitor clients' progress toward their goals via regularly scheduled telephone contact and/or face-to-face home and office visits, and document via progress notes.
  • Provide all required information for weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual reports.
  • Follow-up with clients and with referral organizations regarding client contact and progress with referral organization.

Requirements for the Housing Specialist:

  • Bachelor's degree (e. g., B.A., B.S.W.) and two years of applicable experience and/or equivalent experience
  • Bi-lingual preferred. ​
EOE:
CAMBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, pregnancy status or sexual orientation.​

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