Website Interfaith Community Services
WHAT YOU WILL DO: This position works with the Oceanside Housing Authority to provide direct services to homeless clients and recently housed individuals which include: intake, assessment and case management, and client advocacy (resources and referrals) with the goal of supporting client self-sufficiency and to support the mission of Interfaith Community Services. This position interacts with local service providers to coordinate client care and also interfaces with the Oceanside Police Department (POD) Homeless Outreach Team (HOT). This position works in collaboration with the HOT team and Housing Authority to implement and support the Oceanside Homeless Outreach program. The HOT team is a unique police outreach effort that connects homeless individuals with needed services in a focused effort to end homelessness. This position will work predominately with the Oceanside Housing Authority.
Collaborates with City of Oceanside staff, Oceanside Police Department HOT team members, Oceanside Housing Authority, other Interfaith programs, partnering organizations, and the Alliance for Regional Solutions Bridge Housing Network to develop housing-focused outreach approaches, to include the providing of program materials and referral training sessions to community partners and shelter services (outreach to motels, churches, downtown merchants, etc.)
Maintains strong working knowledge of Housing Authority Administrative Plan and Section 8 program rules and regulations
Works closely with Housing Authority staff during the eligibility process to assist clients with completing paperwork and gather necessary supporting documents
Responds to referrals from Housing Authority staff regarding clients who are experiencing challenges which may result in having to move out of unit or lose their housing benefits; provides short-term case management when necessary, and works to connect clients to appropriate services in the community if ongoing support is needed
Facilitates acceptance of placement or other services that support and stabilize individuals moving from street to service
Develops and implements creative and trusting client service engagement opportunities for homeless individuals and families on the streets by reaching out to individuals and families that are currently not being served or are underserved by existing community service delivery systems
Supports the placement and stability of clients in permanent housing
Maintains case files and documents in various platforms to support clients and program outcomes
Leverages motivational interventions for homeless that facilitate acceptance of care for their needs, access to services and resources, encouraging them to become integrated into services, providing support and guidance to participants as they transition from street to shelter
Assists individuals experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless voucher participants with accessing benefits and resources, and address any barriers to finding and maintaining housing stability
Assists individuals experiencing homelessness with their housing search, including conducting landlord outreach, visiting units, and assisting clients with accessing funding for expenses associated with housing search, including credit checks, security deposits, etc.
Compiles all case notes, treatment plans, progress notes and any other stats in accordance with city, county state and federal requirements
Provides guidance and support to help clients identify their own strengths, set achievable goals and follow through consistently so they can become self-sufficient
Administers supportive services per agency and contract guidelines
Facilitates and maintains community relationships to create referral pathways for program participants into Interfaith’s programs
Participates in case management meetings, staff meetings and trainings
Approximately 45% driving required
Performs additional duties as assigned
EXPERIENCE / EDUCATION
Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field required
1+ years of relevant work experience required
1+ years of case management experience required
Experience working with severely mentally ill, medically fragile, and homeless populations preferred
Paid Time Off – Three weeks to start!
Paid Holidays – 13 scheduled
Flexible Work Schedules
Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
AD&D / Group Life Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts – Medical and Dependent Care
Matched 401(k) Retirement Plan
Early Release Days!
Work Anniversary Bonuses
Tuition Reimbursement and Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
Home Ownership Assistance Program
Casual Work Environment
Professional Growth and Career Development Opportunities
Interfaith is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, pregnancy, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, nationality, sex, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Interfaith will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
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