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Housing Specialist, Park Avenue Residence

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 Park Avenue Residence is funded by New York City Department of Homeless Services and offers families a supportive, structured therapeutic, safe, and drug-free facility.  It provides comprehensive case management services to 63 families who are in a transitional residence program for homeless families.  ​​

Responsibilities: The person filling this position is expected, under close supervision, to: (1) assist case managers by being a client liaison with outside organizations regarding such matters as education, healthcare, housing, social services, legal issues, etc housing and public benefits; (2) assist clients in attaining their Housing and Entitlements related goals by identifying and locating community resources for clients and by making referrals to appropriate services both within and outside CAMBA; including the following: 

  • 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 readiness workshops.
  • Develop and maintain a Bulletin Board that serves to provide relevant Housing related information
  • Organize and schedule presentations by local "housing experts" and/or landlords.
  • Establishing linkages with community-based organizations, realtors, brokers and landlords.
  • In collaboration with the case manager(s), work with clients to break through barriers to client goals and to assist clients in advocating for themselves and in moving toward self-sufficiency.
  • Monitor clients' progress toward their goals (i.e., dates achieved) via regularly scheduled telephone contact and/or face-to-face home and office visits, and document via progress notes.
  • Assist case managers to escort clients to appointments (apartment viewings, public benefits, educational, medical, social service, etc.).
  • Assist clients in completing applications for benefits and entitlements, and may process applications on clients' behalf.

Requirements:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D and two years of applicable experience and/or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to maintain clearances throughout the duration of employment.
  • Must obtain State Central Registry (SCR) clearance, The Register of Substantiated Category One Cases of Abuse or Neglect aka Staff Exclusion List (SEL) clearance and Criminal history information checks via fingerprinting with New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services prior to start of employment.  ​
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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