Career Opportunities

Human Services Campus and Lodestar Day Resource Center are currently seeking applicants for the following posistion:

Job Title: Housing Specialist

Hours: Full time (40 hours/week)

Job Summary: The mission of the Lodestar Day Resource Center (LDRC) is to create "a safe, engaging, holistic community that empowers people to end their homelessness and create positive, long-term changes." This is accomplished through programming that fulfills our client's basic needs, reduces barriers, rebuilds lives and, ultimately, ends homelessness. The Housing Assistance Program (HAP) provides assistance to homeless individuals with locating affordable housing and provides move-in assistance to clients. The Housing Specialist is responsible for screening clients for the HAP, offering rental search and housing assistance, and providing home based case management. The ideal candidate has a working knowledge of social services and housing opportunities available to homeless individuals. In addition, possesses strong organizational skills, and effective written and verbal communication abilities. Ideal candidate should be energetic with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for working with individuals experiencing homelessness.

Supervision: reports directly to the Housing Program Manager 

Job Duties:
Assist individuals experiencing homelessness in identifying the most appropriate housing intervention
Utilize Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) and Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT) assessment
Assist clients in their housing search
Maintain participant files, notes, and submit reports as requested
Provide housing based case management 
Ensure that client has tools and support needed to maintain stable housing 
Assist clients in creating and maintaining appropriate relationships with landlords
Conduct outreach to landlords and other housing providers
Participation in agency and department meetings
Document participant services in Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and agency database
Other duties as assigned

Degree in human services or related field; or 2 years of experience working in homeless field
Excellent computer skills
Knowledge of local social services and housing resources available to individuals experiencing homelessness
Amazing customer service skills
Strong written and verbal communication abilities
Experience or familiarity with VI-SPDAT/SPDAT assessment tool
Familiarity with HMIS
Intrinsic motivation and ability to work with minimal supervision
Valid driver's license and clean driving record
Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
Training in behavioral health interventions (e.g. motivational interviewing) preferred

Application Instructions: Email resume and cover letter c/o R. Soliz ( In cover letter, be sure to address the following points: Why are you interested in this position? What is your background working with homeless/vulnerable populations? What are your thoughts on Housing First philosophy?

Application Deadline: November 7, 2014. Applications received by this date will be prioritized