Housing Specialist (Ozone Park)

Acacia Network in Ozone Park, NY

  • Industry: Government - Community And Social Services
  • Type: Full Time
Acacia Network, the leading Latino integrated care nonprofit in the nation, offers the community, from children to seniors, a pathway to behavioral and primary healthcare, housing, and empowerment. We are visionary leaders transforming the triple aim of high quality, great experience at a lower cost. Acacia champions a collaborative environment to deliver vital health, housing and community building services, work we have been doing since 1969. By hiring talented individuals like you, we ve been able to expand quickly, with offices in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Orlando, Tennessee, Maryland and Puerto Rico.

We are seeking Housing Specialists who will be responsible for permanent housing placement for all housing ready individuals of the shelter. Our ideal candidate will be able to handle an assigned caseload and will be responsible for the successful placement of these individuals in accordance with DHS contractual requirements. The Housing Specialist works with community organizations, government agencies and property owners to secure living arrangements, negotiate rents, deposits and move-in terms on behalf of their clients. The position involves various tasks that increase housing options for people who are trying to transition to permanent housing.

Responsibilities consist of but not limited to:
-Assisting individuals in shelters/transitional housing with finding suitable permanent residence
-Developing and maintaining liaison with landlords and the community
-Helping individuals with application/process for Section 8 and NYCHA
-Assisting individuals through entire housing process from application, meeting prospective landlords, lease signing and moving
-Working directly with realtors, landlords and Social Services Department to expedite lease signing process
-Inspecting apartments, checking status of Public Assistance Cases
-Preparing monthly reports
-Conducting initial intakes and initial independent living plans
Education/ License:
-Associate's Degree required, Bachelor's preferred
-2 years of direct experience providing case management or housing assistance to underserved
-Knowledge of DHS rules and regulations required
-Comfortable communicating with clients and professional staff
-Understanding of low-income and homeless individuals and their specific needs
-Knowledge of crisis prevention, intervention, and resolution techniques; match such techniques to particular circumstances and individuals
-Must be comfortable working in a Hotel or Shelter
-Bilingual is a plus
-We offer to the chosen candidate a generous compensation package!
*Acacia network is an Equal Opportunity Employer*

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