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(Essential) PSH Housing Specialist - Bridgewater SAP

Company: Rappahannock Area Community Services Board
Location: Fredericksburg
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Job Description:

Job Title
(Essential) PSH Housing Specialist - Bridgewater SAP

Job Description

Performs a variety of accounting and housing related tasks for the Permanent Supportive Housing program. Works with individuals seeking housing assistance by finding and maintaining permanent housing. Work is performed under general supervision and is guided by agency policies and procedures, public accounting principles and practices and state and federal tax laws and regulations, HUD laws and regulations.

Job Category
Mental Health Services

Job Duties and Responsibilities

1. Conduct initial, annual, and any additional unit inspections to meet HUD standards.
2. Conducts housing assessments and assists individuals with rental subsidies, housing applications, lease negotiations, and lease requirements.
3. Proactively locate affordable housing opportunities and resources in the community, and conduct outreach and marketing to landlords and property owners.
4. Support current and prospective tenants with locating and touring available housing.
5. Establish and maintain ongoing relationships with landlords and property managers.
6. Acts as liaison between individuals and landlords to assist with concerns related to maintenance, safety, housing quality concerns, and rent payment, etc., that could otherwise lead to the loss of housing; assists with conflict resolution with neighbors.
7. Requests, collects, and maintains documentation from appropriate sources.
8. Documents individual's related activity, progress, contacts, and changes in service.
9. Assists with managing individual's rent and utility invoices.
10. Compiles and enters data into DBHDS PSH database per DBHDS standards, prepares related reports, and maintains records.
11. Provides transportation for individuals as needed.
12. Assists clients with move-in and utility service start-up.
13. Assists in the development of annual budgets.
14. Prepares reports, schedules and spreadsheets for audits.
15. Implements PSH program utilizing a Housing First Approach and in accordance with program manual and DBHDS requirements.
16. Attend relevant meetings and trainings.
17. Does related work as assigned.

Position Status

Required Qualifications

Associate's degree, or equivalent, and at least one year of experience in housing rental assistance, property management, real estate, or related field preferred.

Thorough knowledge of Housing First philosophy and strategies; thorough knowledge of MS Office, to include Word and Excel; considerable knowledge of the operation of the agency's programs; ability to operate computer; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff of the agency; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and prepare and present concise reports; effective negotiating skills; ability to work with diverse populations and persons experiencing housing crisis; ability to operate a vehicle; ability to establish and set appropriate limits with individuals served to help them gain skills and confidence.

Relationships require excellent communication and interpersonal skills, tact and the use of specialized techniques to elicit information from and convey information to individuals; represent the agency, program and individual to clinical professionals or other service providers, governmental organizations, and regulatory agencies, law enforcement and judicial authorities, or other community stakeholders concerning individual treatment, care coordination, and programming.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience in working with individuals with a serious mental illness, facing homelessness, and/or residing in housing programs preferred.

Physical Demands

Work involves considerable exposure to disagreeable environmental conditions such as the requirements to: interact with clients having unsanitary behaviors, poor hygiene and contagious illness and/or are potentially hostile and/or aggressive; drive a vehicle, and/or transport clients in inclement, if not severe weather; physically lift and/or restrain adult individuals; lifting moderate to heavy weight objects in connection with assisting participants with household moves.

Shift Type/Hours Worked

Hours are 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, generally between the hours of 8am-5pm; however due to the nature of the position, qualified applicant must be willing and able to occasionally work past 5:00 p.m. to accommodate the needs of individuals supported.


EEO Statement

RACSB is an equal opportunity employer and selects the best individual for the job based upon job related qualifications, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, ancestry, marital status or disability. RACSB will make a reasonable accommodation to known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless the accommodation will impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.

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Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Keywords: Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, Alexandria , (Essential) PSH Housing Specialist - Bridgewater SAP, Other , Fredericksburg, Virginia

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