Housing Locator (SAC)

Sacramento, California, United States | Sacramento | Full-time

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Bay Area Community Services is non-profit, community-based agency celebrating 65 years of serving Alameda and Solano Counties by providing mental health and social services. BACS’ mission is to uplift under-served individuals and their families by doing whatever it takes. We are proud to be one of the leading agencies producing real outcomes to tough social problems. BACS owes its reputation as an innovator to our innovative and entrepreneurial staff.  

Are you an advocate for social service, like solving problems, and removing barriers? The Housing Locator is responsible for locating housing, providing support, and developing relationships with landlords and property managers in order to provide housing to clients. This position will provide direct services to participants including assessment, planning, intervention, and transition planning. BACS’ staff prides itself on doing whatever it takes to find permanent housing for homeless people and the work happens both in the office, or out in the community. This role requires someone who values accountability, trust and innovation. BACS prides itself as non-hierarchical agency with all hands on deck.

Responsibilities

  • Establish a harmonious and collaborative working relationship with landlords and property managers, locate housing, and advocate and negotiate with landlords on behalf of participants.
  • Provide tenant education and housing counseling.
  • Track and report on participant’s progress, provide housing retention support.
  • Transition participants from BACS financial supports to public support (if applicable); manage disputes, provide rehabilitative support, and resolve conflict.
  • Implement consumer-centered services that are needs-driven, 24/7 model and strength-based, including: assessment, planning, intervention, support, and transition planning.
  • Assess participant’s potential barriers and strengths in maintaining housing stability and self-sufficiency; work with participants and their families to obtain housing.
  • Create and maintain presence as an expert in housing provision and management services for BACS internally and in the community.
  • Maintain current portfolio of housing options for participants; responsible for oversight and procurement of permanent housing resources.
  • Support landlord/property management and participant/tenant relationship, aid in rental agreements negotiations and lease adherence issues, conduct housing inspections, and work with property management to resolve inspection issues.

Core Competencies                                                                                                                                    

  • Assess strengths and needs in planning, provision, and documentation of individualized housing services. Links individuals to resources and advocates.
  • Possesses influencing/negotiating skills and excellent oral and written communication.
  • Possesses problem solving skills and conflict resolution skills.
  • Is resilient and demonstrates ability to embrace adversity. Has the ability and eagerness to promote continual learning.
  • Nimble and flexible with the ability to adjust rapidly to new situations warranting attention and resolution.
  • Partnering attitude; high integrity/honesty. Promotes accountability for self and others.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or related field plus two years of direct service experience. Two years experience in social services or mental health. may be substituted for two years of education; Associate’s degree required.
  • One year of housing/real estate/property management experience preferred and may be substituted for one year of direct service experience.
  • Position requires a valid California driver’s license, personal vehicle, and proof of personal vehicle insurance coverage. DMV printout required.
  • Travel throughout Alameda County is required.

 

Benefits/Perks

  • Highly competitive compensation - starting at $24/hour. 
  • One month PAID sabbatical after 5 Years – not charging PTO.
  • Once Licensed, free access to beautiful office space to start your private practice*
  • Free iPhone with unlimited data for personal/professional use + laptop for easy mobility*
  • Annual bonus if agency meets goals.
  • Fully paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage for employees – nothing comes out of your check.
  • 30 days off (PTO/Holiday), increasing with tenure.
  • 403b with BACS matching contribution.
  • Tuition reimbursement for student loans & tuition, CEUs, etc.
  • Clinical supervision hours towards licensure*
  • Annual holiday party, summer picnic, staff appreciation events.
  • Significant internal growth opportunities.
  • Free access to beautiful facility spaces on weekends for events (family parties, baby showers, receptions, birthdays).

* Most direct service positions

How to apply:

Submit a resume with a cover letter highlighting your relevant experience.

                                                               

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