Housing Specialist

  • 2287 Ellsworth Road Suite B, Ypsilanti, MI, United States
  • Full-time

Company Description

Please note: As of December 1, 2015 AIDS Partnership Michigan and HIV/AIDS Resource Center have merged. We are now UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond

As the only comprehensive AIDS service organization in its Michigan ten-county area, UNIFIED's mission is to provide HIV related services to the community through compassionate direct care, prevention and outreach activities. We invite you to explore UNIFIED and learn about HIV testing, the depth of services UNIFIED provides and how you can get involved.

Mission

Rooted in the history of our fight against HIV, UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond advances prevention, access to health care, community research and advocacy

Vision

A nationally recognized multi-service center creating positive change through regional impact, innovation and sustainability to promote HV health and beyond.

Using innovative approaches to help residents of Southeast Michigan living with or affected by HIV achieve optimal health through compassionate direct care, support services, prevention and education.

A commitment to being an effective and powerful voice, providing leadership and advocacy for the communities we serve.

History

AIDS Partnership Michigan (APM) was formed in 1996 through a merger between Wellness Networks, Inc. and AIDS Care Connection. APM was established to better address the emerging AIDS epidemic in the Detroit/Metro area. AIDS Partnership Michigan has always worked by providing education and services to help prevent the spread of HIV and to help connect people living with HIV to needed services.

HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) was founded in 1986 by a group of volunteers to provide HIV/AIDS related services to the people of Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties. Over the past decade, HARC has developed into a leading HIV/AIDS services provider in Michigan.

As of December 1, 2015 AIDS Partnership Michigan and HIV/AIDS Resource Center have merged. We are now UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond.

 

Job Description

Job Title: Housing Specialist
Reports To: Director of Care Services
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Location: Ypsilanti Office

UNIFIED-HIV Health and Beyond (UHHB) is seeking qualified candidates for a Housing Specialist at its Ypsilanti Office Location. UHHB is a multi-service organization for persons living with HIV. Candidates must be able to work with diverse populations. Bachelor’s degree required. Experience with HIV, and Case Management helpful.

The Housing Specialist provides housing resources and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The Housing Specialist works as part of the UHHB Care Team and coordinates housing services with case managers and outside providers of affordable housing and housing related services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide continuum of care services to persons with HIV/AIDS including but not limited to: intake, referral, assessment, coordination, monitoring, reassessment, and follow-up.
  • Ensure optimal client care by seeking out, initiating, and participating in individual and case management team supervision.
  • Enter housing services data into the Homeless Management Information System.
  • Collect data and assist with report preparation for funding sources, including HOPWA and the Office of Community and Economic Development.
  • Follow UHHB clinical and operational Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Assist clients in locating and maintaining housing, including permanent housing placement.
  • Create links with other housing related agencies in the community in a collaborative effort to reach long range housing solutions for agency clients.
  • Assist clients in applying for subsidized housing including Section 8 and Community Public Housing programs.
  • Enter clients into the HOPWA housing certificate program, based on established criteria
  • Prepare housing and supportive services plans for each person entered in the HOPWA certificate program and perform routine follow-up with each person in the program.
  • Attend housing related community meetings to maintain and build partnerships.
  • Transport clients in own vehicle to medical appointments.
  • Non-Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Other duties may be assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

COMPETENCIES

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Communication - Communicates well both verbally and in writing; Able to read and interpret written information; Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and obtains clarification; Responds well to questions; Shares information and ideas with others;

Collaboration - Develops cooperation and teamwork while participating in a group, working toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties. Required to attend monthly housing meetings to maintain this collaborative effort.

Innovation - Develops new insights into situations and applies different and novel solutions to make improvements.

Interpersonal Relations - Develops and maintains effective relationships with others; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations; shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness.

Continuous Learning and Self-Development - Proactively investigates new perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors, and takes steps to evaluate and improve performance.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field and/or minimum 2 years in human service field required. Familiarity with local, state and federal housing programs desired; Excellent written, verbal, organizational and time management skills required. Skills in the area of data analysis and quality assurance preferred.  Must be able to function independently and be able to work well with individuals from a variety of socioeconomic and multi-ethnic groups.

Must be culturally sensitive to the LGBTQ community.

Language Skills

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Computer Skills

Basic computer literacy required, particularly in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have legal authorization to work in the United States of America.

Driver’s License with no restrictions

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

WORK SCHEDULE

The position is full time for 5 days a week, 8 hours a day with a 1 hour lunch break. This position is subject to overtime. The ability to work some evenings and weekends as required for effective outreach.

Additional Information

Please provide a cover letter when submitting your application. 

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.