Housing Specialist job Buffalo New York
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Housing Specialist Job

Employer Name: Housing Options Made Easy, Inc. SpiderID: 9135665
Location: Buffalo, New York Date Posted: 11/19/2019
Wage: Category: Social Services
Job Code:
Number Of Openings: 1

Job Description:
Housing Options Made Easy, Inc.is a not-for-profit supported housing and community support services agency developed and operated by and for recipients of mental health services.  We offer services in the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming. 

Our employees are passionate about what they do and they achieve personal satisfaction from helping individuals in their own communities set goals, achieve wellness and gain independence.

We are accepting applications for Full-time Housing Specialists to work in our Buffalo area locations.

Employees of Housing Options enjoy many benefits including:


Benefits eligibility is based on hours worked and may not be available to per-diem and part-time positions.

Description Summary 

The Housing Specialist assesses, refers and links individuals with mental illness to services including but not limited to housing, treatment, and community services. With a working knowledge of the resources in the community to meet the consumerís needs, the Housing Specialist assists in providing housing support services to persons receiving government rental stipends in all Housing Options programs. This may include, but is not limited to assisting in finding and securing housing in the consumerís community of choice, and assisting the consumer in maintaining the housing.

Primary Responsibilities 

-Carries a caseload and meets with recipients as required by program contract.
-Completes and processes intakes in a timely manner.
-Provides advocacy services according to recipients expressed need and Housing Options Made Easy policies and procedures.
-Assists with referrals and linkages to community support services and programs.
-Provides transportation as appropriate to recipientís needs, while teaching and showing them alternative options.
-Assists consumers with budgeting and shopping skills.
-Charts and files all documentation in a timely manner.
-Works in conjunction with other service provider, attends and participates in weekly staff meetings and monthly agency staff meetings.
-Participates in the County annual point-in-time count for HUD.
-Attends and participates in County or State planning sessions as assigned.
-Assists consumers with accessing benefits and entitlements such as public assistance and SSI/SSD.
-Assists consumers in becoming empowered and reducing their need for service.
-Work with individuals on our waiting list in preparation for housing placement
-Follow-up with individuals who have exited our program and check present welfare
-Work with individuals seeking peer services only, integrating them into community and referring them to the Recovery Center and/or other community resources.
-Work with anyone in the community seeking peer services to assist in their recovery efforts.
-Complete and submit to administration a monthly stat form
-Answers office phone and/or performs routine filing.
-Keeps desk and work area clean and tidy; assist with office upkeep as needed.
-Serves as a back-up to others on vacation, or as assigned.


-High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED)
-Must have a valid Class D Driver License, reliable transportation and automobile insurance.

Housing Options Made Easy, Inc. is committed to equal opportunity for all, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. Housing Options Made Easy, Inc. will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified employees and applicants with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you are interested in applying for an employment opportunity and feel you need a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the ADA, please contact Jacque Emborski at jacque.emborski@housingoptions.org.

Job Criteria:
Start Date:
Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
Years of Experience Required: Entry-Level
Education Required: High School
Overnight Travel:
Vacation Time:

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Susan Leader Company Type:
City: Rochester
State: New York
Web Site: http://www.wnyhousingoptions.org/Employment/tabid/410/Default.aspx

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