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RTHP Housing Specialist



Employment Type: Full-Time
Summary:
The Housing Specialist will report to the Director of Independent Living Services and will work collaboratively with the Rapid Transition Housing Program (RTHP) Independent Living Specialist. It is the responsibility of the RTHP Housing Specialist to assist individuals who are unstably housed, or are wishing to work towards independence, locate and obtain safe and accessible housing. The RTHP Housing Specialist will also be responsible for cultivating and maintaining a database of community service providers and landlords, as well as collaboration with community service agencies.
Duties:
  • Identify independent housing opportunities for unstably housed individuals who are either in an inpatient setting or unstably housed in the community.
  • Assist eligible participants through all steps necessary for enrollment and admission, including: acquiring eligibility documentation, filling out housing applications, obtaining household goods and/or support for moving expenses, completing unit inspections, etc.
  • Collaborate with applicants and/or his/her Independent Living Specialist, Transition Specialist, Service Coordinator (SC), Nursing Home Discharge Planner, Care Manager (CM), natural support, or advocate ensuring a support services plan is in place for program enrollment.
  • Conduct follow-up after subsidy is initiated including but not limited to verifying occupancy of unit, continued eligibility for program, and assist in completing energy assistance applications.
  • Work to identify landlords, public housing, and private housing in the region which may be suitable for individuals enrolled in the program in the future.
  • Maintain a list of available housing in the region, including degree of accessibility, location, proximity to services, and rental costs.
  • Attend trainings and perform other duties as requested by the Program Director or the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Track and report on all activities using the statewide project database.
Skills:
  • The Job Duties are representative of the essential functions of the position.
  • The physical requirements for this position are those typically present in normal office environment conditions.
  • Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs of the program.
Qualifications:
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the position may be substituted.
  • Professional experience in housing, community organizing, Independent Living, long term care, and/or disability rights strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of state and local housing policies, practices, laws and issues impacting seniors and people with disabilities preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to readily respond to changing circumstances and expectations.
  • Personal experience with disability a plus.
Language Required: None
Minimum Education: Bachelors Degree
Minimum Experience: 1-2 years
Contact Name: HR Department
Contact Email: resumes@cdrnys.org
Contact Phone: (585) 546-7510
The Center for Disability Rights strives to be a participant controlled, cross disability organization that is reflective of the community it serves. CDR values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, cultural or ethnic group membership, disability status, educational level, family status, gender, income, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. CDR will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
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