Title: Housing Locator
Reports to: Director of Programs
General Description: The Housing Locator is responsible for working closely with the case management staff in order to assist families and individuals receiving our organization’s services in identifying appropriate permanent housing opportunities. This person is required to develop and maintain relationships with landlords, private and non-profit, who will work with the clients experiencing homelessness throughout the City of Alexandria. The Housing Locator provides training to clients in regards to different housing opportunities, budgeting, successfully maintaining a household, and others that are deemed necessary.
The Housing Locator works collaboratively with the organizational team, as well as with representatives from local government Housing, Community Development, and Family Services, and with representatives of other non-profit agencies and the faith community.
- Develop relationships with local property management companies and landlords as potential business partners
- Maintain a Housing Directory which should at minimum include documentation of all contacts with housing providers. Provide housing availability to the organization’s team in an efficient and timely manner
- Provide housing counseling and housing focused budget training for clients to help prepare them for housing
- Research housing topics, collect and organize housing information for clients and organizational staff
- Teach an established curriculum about housing search, the successful techniques of negotiation, including understanding credit worthiness
- Follow up with all clients regularly to help support their housing options and ways to overcome barriers to housing. This includes transporting and helping clients to view units and communicate with landlords
- Provide program statistics and reports, tracking milestones and outcomes of service delivery results
- Be on-call status as directed by supervisor
- Function as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary team with the organization’s employees, volunteers, and community agencies
Flexible working hours to accommodate client and community needs – some weekday evening hours are required – occasional weekend hours. Potential for telework.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in human services, business, leasing, property management, low-income housing, communications or related field. Experience with the MLS listings and or real estate transactions.
Skills: The candidate must be able to develop strong working relationships with client population as well as the housing community at large. Experience in property management and maintenance a plus. Must be able to provide effective training, prepare written reports, and maintain client documentation. Computer literacy along with a valid driver’s license and a good driving record required.
$50,000 with benefits (medical, dental, 403(b), PTO)
Send your resume and cover letter to: LawrenceSmith@CarpentersShelter.org