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Housing Advocate (@ Guest House of Milwaukee)

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Job Title: Housing Advocate
Reports To: Senior Manager of Interim Housing
FLSA Status: Part time (20-25 hrs/wk), salaried position

The primary responsibilities of this position is to provide direct services such as housing advocacy, connection to mainstream resources, re-location assistance, placement, and case management for individuals experiencing homelessness. The Housing Advocate works in conjunction with the Housing Coordinator and operates under the Housing First model. The following is a list that outlines the Housing Advocate’s most frequent and essential job functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with area shelters and social service agencies to link community members with mainstream resources/referrals needed to regain stable housing.
  • Community outreach activities to assist clients with locating fair market rate housing in a timely manner.
  • Regularly evaluate clients’ progress in Individualized Service Plans.
  • Complete case notes/ documentation/ data entry for each client in a timely manner.
  • Identify program participant’s barriers to housing and work one on one to advocate for the housing needs of each program participant.
  • Collaborate as appropriate with clients’ collateral contacts.
  • Provide housing counseling assistance.
  • Participate in Rapid Re-housing process as determined by program policies.
  • Network with landlords and establish new housing opportunities for program participants.
  • Assist with the development of relevant policies and procedures relating to the nature of this position.
  • Administrative activities as assigned by Housing Coordinator.
  • Perform other assigned duties, as directed by supervisor.

Qualifications:
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule – including evening hours per needs of clients.
  • Ability to understand financial objectives and maintain case load per program
  • Budget.
  • Ability to complete task on time, manage time appropriately and multi-task while working independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written,
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Possession of an automobile, a valid driver’s license and insurance in compliance with agency limits.

Training and Experience:
  • Bachelors Degree in Social Work or related field preferred.
  • Knowledge of Housing First Model.
  • Knowledge of case management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of landlord-tenant law.
  • Knowledge of mainstream/ community resources.
  • Knowledge of personal computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of available housing opportunities desired.
  • Knowledge of Service Point or similar system desired.

This position description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the employee. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of duties or responsibilities required of the employee. The employee may occasionally lift, push or pull up to 50 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.