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Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) Housing Specialist

Employment Type: Full-Time
The Center for Disability Rights is a Disability-led organization where a majority of the board members, management staff, and staff are themselves people with disabilities.

This critical difference sets the organization apart from other organizations that were established to serve and support people with disabilities but are not governed, managed and staff by people with disabilities themselves.

Job Summary: The OHS (Olmstead Housing Subsidy) Housing Specialist will report to the Independent Living Housing Manager and will work collaboratively with MFP(Money Follows the Person) Transition Specialist (TS). It is the responsibility of the OHS Housing Specialist to assist individuals in a skilled nursing facility who are unstably housed, or are wishing to work towards independence, locate and obtain safe and accessible housing. The OHS 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
Identify independent housing opportunities for individuals who are in need of housing in order to leave a nursing facility.

Assist eligible Olmstead Housing Subsidy participants through all steps necessary for enrollment, including filling out housing applications, obtaining household goods and/or support for moving expenses, arranging unit inspections, etc.

Work with applicants and/or his/her Transition Specialist, Service Coordinator (SC), Nursing Home Discharge Planner, Care Manager (CM), natural support, or advocate to ensure 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, concerns of the participant and landlord, 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.

Perform other duties and attend trainings as requested by the Program Director or the Chief Executive Officer.

Review of case load and participants needs; bi-weekly during housing team meetings.

Register participants with Section 8 and follow up with participants on placement as needed.

Track and report on all activities using the statewide project database and local database.

Keep record of outreach made to LLs (at least 3 LLs per month), record of outreach made to referral sources (at least 5 per month), schedule and present at least 1 "presentation" per month with an approved referral source, yielding at least 5 referrals per quarter.

Ensure documentation of 60% of time worked on a consumer service record by completing case notes daily for consumers served. Case notes will provide the date of service, a description of the service(s) provided, and the time spent on providing the service(s)
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.

Experience with the concepts of Independent Living, consumer control, and a strong commitment to promoting and advocating for the full integration of individuals with disabilities.

Experience transitioning individuals including familiarity with finding affordable, accessible, integrated housing and the development of individualized service plans.

Knowledge of State and local housing policies, practices, laws, and issues impacting seniors and people with disabilities.

Knowledge of the State's Medicaid program and community resources which can assist people with disabilities in living independently.
Language Required: English
Minimum Education: Bachelors Degree
Minimum Experience: 2-5 years
Contact Name: Human Resources
Contact Email:
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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