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Housing Locator in Stroudsburg, PA at Resources For Human Development, Inc.

Date Posted: 2/11/2019

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Job Description

Position Summary
This position will be working through our homeless day center, Street 2 Feet Outreach Center. The position is mobile with expected travel throughout the county to view units, conduct inspections, meet with landlords, etc. Person must posess a valid drivers license, and a working vehicle that is insured, registered and inspected as some client transportation to visit apartments is expected.

The Housing Locator is responsible for conducting Housing Search and Placement services for those experiencing homelessness in the community. These services will focus on assisting program participants in locating, obtaining, and retaining suitable permanent housing and increasing their housing stability and self-sufficiency. The Housing Locator is responsible for maintaining a list of housing programs and landlords with units for rent, as well as developing relationships with landlords in the community to aid in successful community integration and tenure in safe and affordable housing.
RHD reserves the right to alter or change job description as needed or required by funder regulation.  
Essential Duties and Functions
  • Review Coordinated Entry Community Queue for eligible program participants, conduct eligibility interviews and gather eligibility documentation and prepare file to present to Supervisor for approval.
  • Build and develop relationships with community landlords and property managers.
  • Locate and conduct HQS inspections on apartments.
  • Negotiate lease conditions and affordable rents with prospective landlords.
  • Maintain list/spreadsheet of all housing programs, landlords, contact information and units for rent.
  • Coordinate with local providers for rental assistance/security deposit assistance.
  • Assist program participants for filling out and submitting rental applications.
  • Assisting participants in understanding leases before signing, and housing counseling regarding tenant rights and responsibilities.
  • Conduct Housing Barrier and Needs Assessments for each participant.
  • Develop Housing Stability Plans for each participant including the development of a goal plan developed to assist the participant in obtaining mainstream resources and benefits, employment, coordination with other service providers to include ongoing case management (if eligible for the services), advocating on behalf of the participant, developing a support network, preparing a budget, and monitoring of the participant's progress.
  • Gather program eligibility documentation to include but not limited to proof of homelessness and household income.
  • Enter all data, client and landlord info onto spreadsheets and Homeless Management Information System.
  • File documents, maintain and update all program participant files.
  • Coordinate, schedule, and assist with program participant setting up utilities, , identifying barriers that may prevent them from doing so and making moving arrangements.
  • Monitor program participants' progress and provide support for up to 6 months.
  • To maintain one's own physical, mental and emotional well-being to maximize the healthy functioning of the team.
  • Model appropriate and professional behavior.
  • Performs tasks which are supportive in nature to the essential functions of the job, but which may be altered or re-designed depending upon individual circumstances.
  • Bachelors Degree in a Human Service Field.
  • Experience with real estate, property management a plus.
  • Housing Quality Standards Certification preferred.
  • Must be organized, pay attention to detail, manage multiple priorities, and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills in a fast-paced office. 
  • Must be flexible and have the ability to promote positive customer relationships.
  • Computer skills including: internet, database, e-mail, (MS Outlook) MS Excel, and MS Word with ability to create forms and documents.
  • A valid drivers license is required as well as a working vehicle that is insured, registered and inspected.
Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.