Housing Specialist - Keys to Home job Seattle Washington
Housing Specialist - Keys to Home job Seattle Washington
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Housing Specialist - Keys to Home Job

Employer Name: DESC SpiderID: 8758208
Location: Seattle, Washington Date Posted: 6/21/2019
Wage: 39,016.00 - 43077 Yearly Salary Category: Social Services
Job Code: 111223501

Job Description:

Location: Seattle, WA

Days Off : Saturday, Sunday
Pay Range : $39,016 - $43,077 annually
Shift: Office Day
Insurance Benefits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan

The Housing Specialist coordinates various aspects of the DESC housing program, including administrative tasks of voucher programs and other tasks within the housing program.


  • Research and identify affordable and suitable housing options for chronically homeless disabled adults and recruit local landlords to participate in Keys to Home program.

  • Have a thorough understanding of how rental markets work and the business of being a landlord.

  • Educate landlords about Keys to Home and its benefits, and address potential barriers to landlord participation such as concern about tenant qualifications and stability.

  • Help participants negotiate manageable and appropriate lease agreements with landlords and use or develop the skills to be a successful tenant.

  • Assist clinical support specialists in working with participants to identify and address potential barriers to successful housing acquisition and maintenance, such as income, credit history, arrears, and legal issues.

  • Consult and collaborate with case managers and clinical support specialists to insure effective planning for clients.

  • Establish access channels for clients to community housing resources, helping to ensure clients' needs are met and rights maintained and to create an accepting atmosphere with landlords.

  • Coordinate the housing application process for this project, and work with clinical support specialists and case managers to assist clients eligibility documentation preparation.

  • Monitor clients participating in the program and act as liaison between DESC and rental assistance partner agency (Plymouth Housing Group) for leasing issues in these units.

  • Compile monthly reports of housing occupancy and other data as required by contracts.

  • Coordinate communication and act as a liaison between DESC and partner agencies and landlords.

  • Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with local housing programs, providers and landlords.

  • Participate in staff meetings and training sessions.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Experience working with computer word processing and spreadsheet functions required.

  • Experience in low-income and supportive housing.

  • Experience working with persons living with mental illness, homelessness and/or substance abuse desired.

  • Ability to meet state requirements for registration as a counselor.

  • Valid Washington State driver's license and insurable driving record preferred.

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with clients and staff from various backgrounds.

  • Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behavior.

  • Commitment to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across agency programs and of consideration and respect for clients.


  • Relevant Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, or related behavioral science, or

  • Bachelor's degree in any field and 1 year of paid work experience in social services, or

  • Relevant associates degree and 1 year of relevant paid work experience, or

  • Any Associates degree and 1 year of highly relevant paid work experience, or

  • A combination of 1 year of highly relevant paid work experience and formal training in clinical and case management skills to demonstrate an ability to successfully perform the job.


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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required sit for long periods of time, communicate with other persons by talking and hearing, required to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds and to operate computer hardware systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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