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Description: Under the supervision of the Manager of Housing Search Services works with HIV + clients, triage staff, medical case managers, medical providers, landlords, housing authorities and property managers to provide intensive and comprehensive housing search and housing advocacy services to people living with HIV.

Duties:

  1. Work with a caseload of 50-60 clients. Work with clients to determine appropriate housing possibilities and create an individualized housing service plan including short and long term goals associated with stable, affordable housing. Work with clients to set priorities and take steps toward reaching these goals.
  2. Coordinate services with Medical Case Managers and other service providers to arrange appointments with clients and to gather documentation necessary to housing search process.
  3. Attend all housing related appointments with clients, including interviews, appeal hearings, apartment viewings and lease signings.
  4. Work with clients to identify possible barriers to obtaining housing. Discuss criminal, credit and eviction history. Request CORI and credit reports with all clients willing to do so. Proactively plan strategies to appeal housing denials and present mitigating factors.
  5. Serve as a resource on affordable housing for all AAC staff. Respond to questions and requests for housing information by AAC staff. Serve as a guide to staff navigating the affordable housing system.
  6. Co-facilitate at least one of two weekly Housing Search groups for AAC clients. Provide housing information and application assistance to any client attending this group.
  7. Maintain communications with housing authorities, landlords and private management companies responsible for administering affordable housing options. Contact these providers on a regular basis to remain informed of available housing, open waiting lists, eligibility requirements and application processes.
  8. Share information on housing opportunities with the rest of the Housing Search team, other AAC staff and clients on a weekly basis by updating existing housing search systems. Enter housing opportunity information into the database, update and create files, and contribute to the creation of a weekly blog post used to disseminate these updates.
  9. Maintain timely and accurate paper and computer records of all client and property interactions. Enter all client and property interactions into ETO database by monthly deadline.
  10. Attend weekly team meetings, and come prepared to contribute to the conversation. Attend weekly administrative supervision and monthly clinical supervision meetings. Attend quarterly All Staff meetings. Attend staff trainings when offered.
  11. Perform related duties and projects as assigned

Requirements:

  • BA or two years of experience in related field.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English or Haitian Creole/ English required.
  • Experience with the provision of HIV services preferred.
  • Experience with affordable housing preferred.
  • Experience advocating for clients with government assistance agencies, housing authorities, private landlords or realtors preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Working knowledge HIV/AIDS community trends, harm reduction, and at-risk populations.
  Metro Area Boston MA
  Job Location City Boston
  Job Location State Massachusetts
  Job Location Zip 02119
  Job Location Country United States
  Job Category Social Services
  Prefered Experience 2 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
 
  Language 1 English ( Speak Read Write )  
  Language 2 Spanish ( Speak Read Write )  
  Job Posting Date Nov. 6, 2017
 

Organization Details

  Organization Name AIDS Action Committee of MA, Inc.
  Organizational Focus Affordable Housing, AIDS/HIV Services, Health and Medicine, Homelessness, Housing, Law and Legal Assistance, Legal Services, LGBTQ, Mens Issues, Service Organization, Social Services, Women's Issues, Youth Services
  Contact Person Tony Godek
  Contact Phone none posted
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email tgodek@aac.org
  Web Address http://www.aac.org/employment

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