13 Dec Housing Supports Case Manager
- Metro Housing Boston (formerly Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership) is a leading nonprofit dedicated to connecting the residents of Greater Boston with safe, decent homes they can afford. Metro Housing empowers families and individuals to move along the continuum from homelessness to housing stability. Serving more than 25,000 households annually, we work seamlessly to bridge the gaps among government, nonprofits, and corporations to continually increase our impact. With more than 30 years’ experience piloting and implementing housing programs, we have solidified our position as an industry-leading expert on navigating the affordable housing field.
Metro Housing|Boston’s mission: “We mobilize wide-ranging resources to provide innovative and personalized services that lead families and individuals to housing stability, economic security and an improved quality of life.”
The Housing Supports Case Manager will work in all areas of the Housing Supports Department. This position is established as a general departmental staff position that is available to provide services in myriad capacities within the framework of Housing Supports activities. This position will work across all teams within the Housing Supports Department including primarily but not limited to; the Housing Consumer Education Center, RAFT, and Operations teams. As such, this staff person will participate in the HCEC walk-in and resource line coverage schedule, conduct Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program, screens, intakes and follow up, assist with housing search activities, respond as needed to external referrals, and assist with all operation activities including data input and financial assistance processes. The staff person may also assist with coverage both on site at Metro Housing|Boston’s office as well as one of many of Metro Housing’s co-location sites.
The focus and daily activities of this position are dependent on needs of the department and may vary daily or, in contrast, the staff person may be assigned to cover activities, cases or a position for an extended period of time.
Responsibilities May Include:
- As needed, participate in coverage of walk-in and resource line hours;
- As needed, provide information and referral services, and brief counseling around immediate client concerns and/or barriers to housing, including but not limited to: financial instability, legal issues, mental health issues, substance abuse, un- or under-employment, health care, and housekeeping;
- As needed, obtain resources and services as requested and/or needed to address clients’ needs, including but not limited to: housing applications, negotiation and mediation with property owners and utility companies, fuel assistance, and shelter information;
- As needed, administer homelessness prevention funds, including Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT), by conducting intakes, screening families for program eligibility, and meeting with heads of household directly to complete paperwork and determine an appropriate course of action: either administering funding or providing counseling and referral services, or both;
- As needed, assist clients with on-going housing search including but not limited to, contacting prospective landlords and/or management companies, accompanying clients to view and apply for units, attending appointments at housing agencies and other search activities as they present;
- As needed, assist clients with move-in transition supports including but not limited to; furniture and furnishings assistance, budget support, and other resources and services as needed;
- For clients on caseload, maintain on-going relationship with placed clients and/or ensure that they are connected to community supports and services;
- Work closely with the other client services staff and the workshop committee to develop and conduct housing search workshops to address varied needs and stages of housing search;
- As needed, assist with all Housing Supports operational activities and needs;
- Other duties as assigned.
- Experience in case management or intake and assessment with homeless households or households at risk of homelessness;
- Familiarity with affordable housing and housing subsidies;
- Experience with crisis intervention regarding issues such as homelessness and affordable housing access;
- Knowledge and experience with service agencies and resources for low-income and/or homeless individuals and families;
- Willingness to work as part of a team to promote the goals of the program and agency;
- Sensitivity to the needs of the homeless, low-income, and diverse populations;
- Ability to work in a busy, diverse team setting;
- Excellent time management, organizational, communication, and writing skills;
Preference Given To:
- Candidates with multilingual skills (verbal and written). We are seeking candidates that speak and write English and at least one of the following languages (for interpreting and translation): Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese, and Spanish.
- Candidates who live within two miles of Metro Housing|Boston’s headquarters at Roxbury Crossing.
Salary & Benefits
SALARY/BENEFITS (This position is non-exempt)
Salary: $42,750 and excellent benefits. Please see website: http://metrohousingboston.org/