Housing Outreach Stabilization Specialist
James City County Social Services Department is seeking individual to perform advanced professional work administering comprehensive policies, programs, and grants to advocate for and assist with homelessness prevention of families and individuals. Responsible for outreach, assessment, eligibility determination, housing counseling, and program support for several federal, state and locally funded housing assistance programs, which may include but not limited to, the Affordable Housing Incentive Program (AHIP), the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), and the Virginia Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP).
• Provides outreach to and conducts initial assessments of literally homeless citizens residing in places not meant for human habitation; provides information on emergency shelter and rapid rehousing options; assists with applications for assistance; provides ongoing housing counseling and stabilization services; mediates between landlords and tenants; reviews leases and identifies housing rental resources including deposit, rent and utility assistance; County’s Point of Contact (POC) responsible for receiving and responding to reports of homeless citizens living in places not meant for human habitation; serves as the Housing Unit’s primary access and assessment point for homeless assistance needs.
• Provides ongoing housing focused stabilization and case management services for the Emergency Shelter and Rapid Rehousing Programs: works closely with local homeless shelter providers to rehouse literally homeless citizens; completes strength-based housing barrier assessments and develops corresponding individualized housing and service plans; assists project participants in overcoming immediate barriers to obtaining housing; monitors and evaluates project participant progress.
• Serves as the public representative of the County’s Emergency Shelter and Rapid Rehousing programs including interacting with local housing and resource providers, landlords, and property managers; coordinates with and makes referrals to other providers.
• Participates in Coordinated Entry (SCAAN) meetings: facilitates access to mainstream services; ensures coordinated efforts are in place to provide wrap-around services to promote housing stability; maintains on-going communication within the local housing provider cohort to ensure all client needs are being met.