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Housing Specialist - Bronx, NY

JOB TITLE:                              Housing Specialist

DEPARTMENT:                        Rapid Re-Housing

REPORTS TO:                        Shelter Director

LOCATION:                             Bronx, NY

SUMMARY:  This position will work out of the Willow Avenue Rapid Re-Housing Center in the Bronx, NY and will work with clients in identifying permanent housing.    

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Interfaces with landlord and management companies to establish working relationship
  • Create and maintain a liaison with DHS Housing Placement Unit
  • Oversees landlord and management company compliance in meeting the established housing laws, building codes and lease agreements
  • Works in conjunction with Case Management to identify potential clients looking for housing
  • Resolves crises or conflicts with landlords and management relationships
  • Ensures uniformity in maintaining fair housing standards in securing apartments
  • Develops and maintains a database of available housing
  • Works towards identifying new housing opportunities for clients through ongoing networks
  • Prepares and/or coordinates reports and related information related ti housing codes and compliance
  • Informs Case Management staff of apartment readiness and/or problems with client maintaining apartment
  • Prepare housing packages (HRA’s 2010E Application, General Population Supportive Housing Packages, HUD VASH Application Process, HPD Section 8 Process, LINC IV, IV + & V, etc.) and collaborate with Case Management staff with the preparation of psycho-social applications and assist in the access of any needed documents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Work experience should include but is not limited to, negotiating lease agreements with landlords and/or realtor management companies and proving housing for special needs populations. Knowledge of applicable state and city housing and disability laws and codes essential. Must possess a valid driver’s license.  Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus

AGENCY PROFILE & EMPLOYEE EXPECTATIONS:

Westhab is the premier organization of our kind in our region, providing housing and supportive services for more than 10,000 of the most vulnerable members of our community each year. We are staffed by an extraordinary group of hard working professionals that are fully committed to our mission – Building Communities. Changing Lives. Working at Westhab is not easy. Our expectations for all staff are high. We believe that the people and the communities that we have the privilege to serve deserve our very best every day. We are results-driven organization that focuses on empowerment and impact. If you want to apply for this opportunity, it should only be because expectations that come with joining this kind of team. (EOE)

 

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