Homelessness Prevention Specialist

St. Vincent de Paul Seattle of Seattle — King County is a non-profit social service agency that provides assistance to the community through Case Management Services.

We currently want to fill a position that works closely within a tight knit team of professionals who are committed to justice and the wellbeing of those living on the margins. The primary focus of service delivery is to accurately assess the level of need, provide timely resources to avert homelessness and create a sustainable case plan to ensure housing stability. We want an individual who is passionate, wise and experienced, and who can skillfully navigate and advocate for our clients while embracing the mission of SVdP. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred, but, not required.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
• Assesses immediate stable housing barriers and helps households brainstorm creative options for alternate housing arrangements, utilizing culturally responsive skills/practices, Motivational Interviewing Techniques and/or CBT.
• Completes initial eligibility screenings, in person or by phone.
• Assesses the strengths and assets of the individual by interviewing family members and other friendships and support systems within the community. Leverages all potential community resources to keep individual housed.
• Provides progressive homeless prevention case management to 30-50 case in a year.
• Makes appropriate referrals to community partners when needed and ensure continuity of care.
• Comply with the City of Settle Homelessness prevention contract and other case management grant outcomes.
• Understands institutional barriers to services and assist in connecting households with resources such as childcare, employment, legal assistance, financial counseling, and other resources that may assist them in obtaining the needed stability to stay housed.
• Advocate for household clients to access community resources and services, ensuring their needs are met and rights are maintained.
• Documents screenings, assessments, referrals, and case management service and other supports in HMIS, and two other agency electronic databases with at least 95% data accuracy.
• Develops working relationships with property owners, Vincentians and other community partners to establish wraparound services for households, and to assist with alternative housing search and placement when needed.
• Facilitate and keep track of budgets and resources for direct financial including vouchers, bus tickets and other assistance for households to increase permanent stable housing.
• Committed to cultural competency and willing to participate in trainings to develop practical expertise in working with diverse group and cultures.
• Willing to challenge the structures and systems that contribute to institutionalized racism.

Education: BA in Social Services, 2+ years’ working to prevent homelessness.

Full Time, wage based on experience, excellent benefits, and opportunities for advancement for those who demonstrate exceptional skills. Please provide a resume and cover letter to be considered. Send to employment@svdpseattle.org. St. Vincent de Paul is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary D.O.E. $45,000.00 to $50,000.00