- Job Title
- Housing Specialist
- Chicago, IL
- Other Location
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. We envision a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. Our work focuses on advancing health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, being a bold voice for change and strengthening our organizational excellence.
We are seeking for an individual to serve as our Housing Specialist. As the third-party administrator of the Flexible Housing Pool, the Center for Housing and Health (CHH) is charged with maintaining a portfolio of quality, readily accessible housing for program participants. The Flexible Housing Pool is a multisector investment in housing that aims to expand the number of units available to people in Chicago and Cook County experiencing homelessness. The Housing Specialist will coordinate pre-tenancy support for participants of the program. The Housing Specialist will coordinate with Outreach and Cook County Hospital and Health System (CCHHS) staff to ensure program participants experience a seamless transition to housing. CHH is a supporting organization of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
- Conduct screening and assessment of housing preferences/barriers related to successful tenancy;
- Work closely with outreach worker to ensure continuity of services with participant;
- Assist with rent subsidy application/certification and housing application processes;
- Partner with CCHHS’ client outreach and engagement program team when a client’s’ primary service provider is within the CCHHS network;
- Request reasonable accommodations related to participant’s disability;
- Assist with housing search, including reviews of housing resources (e.g. newspapers, housing search databases);
- Accompany individuals to visit potential housing options and make choices among options;
- Assist the individual in scheduling activities such as the moving company, turning on utility services, change of address, and purchasing furniture/furnishings and household supplies;
- Work with landlord and/or property management to execute lease;
- Sublease to tenants facing barriers to traditional leasing arrangements;
- Collaborate with research and evaluation partners or sub-contractors on matters relating to the project;
- Create and maintain detailed project documentation and data collection plans and reports;
- Improve processes to ensure efficient communication and information exchange between team members and external partners.
Quality Assurance and Data Entry
- Enter all intake data for new clients in client data tracking systems (i.e., Client Track, HMIS);
- Monitor data for quality control, correct missing or incorrect data on quarterly (i.e., IDHS, HMIS) and yearly reports (i.e., APR HUD).
Meetings & Training Facilitation
- Attend required conference & trainings (i.e., HMIS, CRS, IDHS, HUD or any system wide trainings) and webinars;
- Attend and participate in monthly Agency meetings (i.e., Standard Operating Procedures Meeting, Client Track Work Group, Grants Prep meeting, Interdepartmental Training Workgroup);
- Prepare, coordinate, and facilitate program meetings (i.e., System Integration Team (SIT)) and other related partner agency meetings with partner agency staff;
- Participate in applicable system-level external committees.
- Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
- Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations;
- Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree and 2 or more years of Human Services experience
OR 5 or more years Human Services experience
PLUS Valid driver's license and acceptable vehicle insurance
PLUS Reliable vehicle transportation
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field
1 or more years Case Management experience
1 or more years Homeless Services experience
1 or more years HIV-specific service experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills, coupled with presentation skills.
Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines.
Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals.
Knowledge of the causes of homelessness, who it affects, and the factors (e.g., racial inequities, Socio Economic Status) that can contribute to an individual being homeless.
The ability to assess client needs, create plans (i.e., care plans, service plans, treatment plans), facilitate referrals, and follow-up in order to address barriers and ensure service is continuous and comprehensive.
Please reference position code CHH HS 404
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.