SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Health & REHABILITATION PROGRAM

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CES Housing Navigator

DESCRIPTION:

SCHARP (Southern California Health And Rehabilitation Program) is looking to hire a new CES Housing Navigator. Please read details to learn more about this job opportunity.

The CES Housing Navigator conducts outreach and housing navigation activities with a focus on chronically homeless individuals. The Housing Navigator uses a universal assessment tool to determine vulnerability, assists individuals with collecting documents necessary for housing, and provides linkage to ongoing supportive services. The Housing Navigator will address the individuals’ immediate needs and work to engage them in the housing navigation process. The Housing Navigator is the primary point of contact with program participants and provides screening, triage, crisis intervention, access to bridge housing, and transportation services, with the goal of assisting chronically homeless individuals with moving into permanent housing.  

REQUIREMENT:

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:     

  • Work indoors in temperature controlled environment and occasionally exposed to outdoor weather and driving conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 
  • Stand and sit for long periods of time; move and walk to various locations; climb stairs, stoop, kneel, reach, pull, push, bend, twist, and occasionally lift and or move objects. Use hands to finger, handle or feel. 
  • See, hear and speak clearly in order to give and receive information and instructions. 
  • Ability to interact with other employees, clients, customers and members of the public. 
  • Ability to work effectively under time constraints, prioritize work, multi-task, and adapt to changing work demands. 
  • Gather, analyze, synthesize, and classify information.  Transcribe, enter, and post data. 
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. 
  • Requires use of a computer keyboard. 
  • Travel to off-site meetings. 

EXPERIENCE:

• Bachelor's degree or higher in social work or related field required OR Related professional certification, i.e. CADAC, LVN, LPT, AND a minimum of two year professional case management or related experience OR A minimum of four years of relevant experience. • Experience assisting low and very-low income individuals access affordable housing. • Experience working with homeless individuals preferred.

SPECIAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES NEEDED:     
  • Knowledge of transitional and permanent housing resources throughout Los Angeles County. 
  • Knowledge of housing issues in South Los Angeles preferred. 
  • Knowledge of HUD guidelines and experience working with subsidized housing programs such as Section 8, Shelter Plus Care and others.  
  • Current in knowledge of social work practices and principles related to best practice standards. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. 
  • Proficient in use of laptop computer and Microsoft Windows and Office software programs (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, G-Mail).   
  • Ability to accurately enter client data and notes in HMIS Homeless Management Information System.  
  • Proficient with office communication equipment and machines (telephone, copier, calculator, fax machine, personal computer, laptop, computer printer and scanner). 
  • Possess valid California driver's license and have access to properly registered vehicle.
 

EDUCATION:

• Bachelor's degree or higher in social work or related field required OR Related professional certification, i.e. CADAC, LVN, LPT, AND a minimum of two year professional case management or related experience OR A minimum of four years of relevant experience. • Experience assisting low and very-low income individuals access affordable housing. • Experience working with homeless individuals preferred.

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