Housing Justice Advocate

HOUSING SPECIALIST

VIP a domestic violence organization currently seeks a Housing Justice Advocate who will provide program participants with safe, long term housing and supportive services to assist them in becoming self sufficient and free from violence. In addition, the Housing Justice Advocate will provide supportive services that include: counseling, support groups, case management, children’s services, educational/vocational workshops, job preparation, financial planning, health promotion, and leadership development. The goal of this program is for each participant to achieve economic self-sufficiency, educational/vocational attainment and to move them towards permanent housing.  

Essential Functions:

  • Perform telephone screening to identify potential participants.
  • Conduct initial needs assessments on all program participants to identify needs and goals; develop a service plan, and create/discuss safety plans.  This includes an intake assessment. Re-evaluate on an on-going basis.
  • Identify and provide referrals to outside therapeutic services as necessary.
  • Provide intensive case management services based on the participants needs/goals and their service plan.
  • Provide weekly (scheduled) case management sessions with participants.
  • Provide information and referrals; advocacy and accompaniment as it relates to entitlements, benefits legal, immigration, social/ human resources systems and outside therapeutic services to secure needed services. This includes over the phone, in person and via written correspondence in a timely manner.
  • Assist participants with educational needs by advocating for tutoring, school placement, parent/teacher /child involvement and medical services.
  • Develop service plans with measurable outcomes and services as identified by the program and funding source in a timely fashion.
  • Provide personal support for the families including but not limited to translation and accompaniment services.
  • Maintain proper documentation (record keeping, reports and statistical information) on a timely manner for all clients.
  • Provide complete and accurate information about participant outcomes and services in a timely manner.
  • Cooperation and assistance in the various and unforeseen needs of the participants as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with staff and other service providers on a consistent basis to ensure the highest quality service delivery.

 

Counseling Functions:

  • Develop individualized counseling plans for the participants.
  • Provide crisis counseling as needed and promote self esteem/motivation.
  • Validate, support and encourage Strength Based Counseling with a focus on personal wellness and independence as identified, and implement according to the participants counseling plan.
  • Work with age appropriate participants on an on-going basis around the issues of conflict resolution, separation, diversity issues (including cultural, religious, and sexual orientation issues), etc.
  • Provide interventions that promote positive relationships between participants, their community, various institutions and schools to enhance the positive development.
  • Facilitate weekly, monthly or bi-monthly age appropriate bi-lingual support groups. 

 

Housing Functions:

  • Assist program participants with completing housing applications (e.g. NYCHA Public Housing; Affordable Housing and/or private housing)
  • Network with realtors in various communities and accessing their ability to work with program participants
  • Conduct groups on housing resources, issues, etc.
  • Research low income housing and maintaining a current resource directory
  • Identify and provide referrals to outside therapeutic services as necessary.
  • Provide information and referrals; advocacy and accompaniment as it relates to housing. This includes over the phone, in person and via written correspondence in a timely manner.

 

Requirements:

  • BSW or BA required, MSW preferred
  • Fully Bilingual Required (English/Spanish – verbal and written).
  • Must have a minimum of three (3) years experience in the field of DV; women and children issues, crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and housing.
  • Strong verbal, written, communication and documenting skills.
  • Must be well organized, work independently and collectively, while maintaining a flexible schedule.
  • Must have the ability to operate office equipment such as computers, copy machine, fax machine, phone systems, etc. with strong internet and software skills; incl. Microsoft Office and client database. 
  • Must be knowledgeable in working with diverse communities, particularly Latino, people of color, and low income population and deliver culturally competent services.
  • Must be able to exercise good judgment and sensitivity at all times.
  • Must ensure agency, program and client confidentiality at all times.

 

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates may respond to this opportunity by submitting a cover letter & resume with salary requirement to: resumes@vipmujeres.org or fax (212)410-9117

 

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