Housing Stabilization Specialist
Are you looking for a meaningful career opportunity that will help support the safety of families across Philadelphia? Are you interested in being part of an established, vision-oriented nonprofit organization, including advancing culturally-responsive services? Women Against Abuse (WAA), is looking for an experienced individual to join the team as a Housing Stabilization Specialist!
WAA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, is Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence advocate and service provider and among the largest domestic violence agencies in the country. The mission of WAA is to provide quality, compassionate and nonjudgmental services in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in persons experiencing intimate partner violence and to lead the struggle to end domestic violence through advocacy and community education. With over 165 staff, WAA serves over 14,000 individuals each year through emergency residential services (2 - 100 bed safe havens and 15 transitional housing apartments), legal services, hotline counseling, aftercare community based services, prevention & education, and advocacy.
Position Overview & Responsibilities:
Assist clients in locating/obtaining permanent housing options, specifically through the rapid rehousing model. Clients receiving housing stabilization specialist services are all clients who have self-disclosed domestic violence and need assistance to locate and obtain housing (WAA safe haven clients and/or other homeless households that have been referred by the Office of Homeless Services (OHS)) through the coordinated screening process. The Specialist will work with each client to develop appropriate Housing Action Plans (HAP) that includes goals and action steps toward obtaining or maintaining permanent housing; Initiate, establish and monitor landlord referral options and resources as determined to be useful and appropriate, based on client needs; Serve as a liaison with landlords for any/all client or landlord concerns; Maintain uniform, up-to-date records as required; And assist the compliance team in submitting weekly, monthly, and annual reports to OHS. All responsibilities are expected to be delivered satisfactorily and with superior customer service and according to Agency standards, including the Sanctuary Model®.
A Bachelor’s Degree in social services or related field
A minimum of 2 years direct service and/or housing advocacy experience is required; experience with supportive and/or low income housing options required. Familiarity with the local housing market required. Philadelphia based experience and knowledge of PHA process preferred.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population is required. Knowledge and experience working with diverse populations and in an urban setting strongly preferred.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member is required.
Demonstrated proficiency in communication, both verbal and in writing is required.
Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office software, Outlook, Word, Excel, required
A valid driver’s license required and own vehicle is preferred.
Some experience in working on domestic violence issues is strongly preferred.
Knowledge of and experience with Trauma Informed and/or Sanctuary Model service delivery, preferred.
Knowledge and experience working with diverse populations and in an urban setting strongly preferred.
Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
Will be required to attend & complete 45 hours of Domestic Violence Training, post hire. Employment offer and continued employment are contingent upon satisfactory child abuse, criminal, FBI clearances and TB Test required (all related fees will be paid by WAA).
Schedule: Monday – Friday, Full-time 40- hours/week
Salary: $18.68/hr and a comprehensive & generous benefit package.
Location: Philadelphia, PA
For consideration, please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are an equal opportunity employer and are dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We strongly encourage candidates of color, LGBTQ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply