Minnesota AIDS Project (www.mnaidsproject.org) seeks a full-time Housing Specialist. The Housing Specialist position works with Minnesota AIDS Project Transitional Housing Program. The Transitional Housing Program is a scattered-site Transitional Housing program for low income HIV Positive individuals and families. The program provides housing services to homeless and at risk of homelessness individuals. The program assists clients in obtaining and maintaining housing. Housing subsidies are provided to eligible individuals. The Housing Specialist provides housing education and referrals.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
- Engage with clients one-on-one to develop rapport and build relationships.
- Conduct initial and on-going housing assessments.
- Develop actions plans in partnership with clearly defined goals and action steps to achieve identified goals.
- Provide assistance with apartment searches and lease signing.
- Collaborate with HIV Medical Case Managers and community landlords.
- Maintain an understanding of program eligibility criteria, verification processes and documentation standards and complete documentation using electronic databases.
- Provide referrals and education on renter’s rights and responsibilities.
- Work with clients on seeking permanent housing solutions.
- Facilitate THP subsidies.
- Support team members in work efforts through client consultation, coverage, referral education, etc.
- High school diploma required. An undergraduate degree in social work, public health, or human services is preferred.
- Demonstrated capacity to identify/address and intervene on clients’ housing barriers.
- Background in housing and/or HIV, substance abuse and mental health.
- Demonstrated skill and expertise working with African American and multi-racial communities who are disproportionately impacted by HIV. Those with lived experiences in these communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated comfort and skill in addressing Gay/Bi/MSM/Queer and Transgender health issues. Individuals from these communities are encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated capacity to work with HIV-positive people, and those engaged in risk behaviors for HIV in individual and group settings. Individuals from this target population encouraged to apply.
- Comfort working independently and as part of a team.
- Excellent verbal and written communication, problem solving and organizational skills.
- Valid Minnesota Driver’s license is preferred. Access to reliable transportation and ability to travel independently throughout the metro area is required.
Full time, Monday-Friday business hours.