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Housing Specialist

 

 

Annual Salary:
$46,000.00

 

Agency Summary:
Bonita House, Inc. (BHI) is a well-respected nonprofit mental health agency with multiple sites in Alameda County and an operating budget of $7.5 million. Founded in 1971, we offer a range of services for people diagnosed with co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

 

Bonita House, Inc. (BHI) is a well-respected nonprofit mental health agency with multiple sites in Alameda County and an operating budget of $7.5 million. It was founded in 1971. BHI is also a social rehabilitation agency providing a full range of Medi-Cal services to adults with co-occurring serious mental health and substance use disorders. Bonita House, Inc. administrator Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment site-based and field-based programs at eight locations throughout Alameda County. BHI prides itself on providing clients with evidence-based practices promoting dual-recovery in a client-driven system.

 

Position Summary:
As a member of the Bonita House Inc. HOST/Welcome Home Team, the Housing Specialist will have responsibility for housing development, HUD paperwork, inspections and intensive housing searches. This person will establish and maintain relationships with landlords, assist clients in maintaining housing, assist them to find new housing as necessary and serve as a consultant to the other members on the team. The Housing Specialist also participates in the leadership and management of the region as a whole and may be assigned special projects. The Housing Specialist must be a self-starter; have good attention to detail and follow through, and be able to function autonomously with minimal supervision.

The ideal candidate will be familiar and comfortable with homeless individuals and street culture and will demonstrate an ability to establish trusting, hopeful relationships with these individuals. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Develop and maintain productive working relationships with, landlords, property managers, community advocates, HOST/Welcome Home Team members, BHI programs, and other system providers as appropriate and actively participate in meetings that affect housing services; conduct regular ongoing contact with housing partners. 
2. Negotiate rental agreements and explain to landlords how HOST/Welcome Home subsidy works.
3. Monitor the local housing rental market, keeping abreast of market rent rates, supply and demand of housing and other related conditions.
4. Act as primary point of contact for property managers to resolve tenant issues for HOST participants, including sharing responsibility for evening and weekend on-call crisis coverage.
5. Conduct strength-based, culturally informed, comprehensive, housing needs and preferences assessments ensuring that Individual Housing Plans are based on participant determined goals.
6. Meet individually with participants to provide services to support positive housing outcomes, including housing education and counseling, housing goal development, coaching on housing related-skills, and tenant's right advocacy. 
7. Assist in the provision of trainings to HOST/Welcome Home Team staff on topics related to supporting participants to be successful in housing.
8. Participate in all housing related Triage Meetings and other required staff meetings.
9. Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of participant activity according to established methods and procedures.
10. Assist in maintaining up-to-date database of housing resources, including current waitlist openings for HOST participants. 
11. Become a Nationally Certified Healthy Homes Practitioner and assist in the creation and implementation of a Healthy Homes initiative for HOST participants.
12. Provide information about affordable housing options to participants & other staff members of the HOST/Welcome Home team, and assist participants in accessing these programs.
13. Assist participant tenants with reviews of lease agreements and move-in inspections.
14. Conduct regular inspections of properties inhabited by agency clients to monitor living conditions, and report to HOST Team staff to help determine ability of clients to succeed in community housing.  
15. Process tenant requests to move and coordinate these moves with other staff of the HOST Team
16. Report maintenance issues to the proper parties for resolution.
17. Maintain housing files and participate in regularly scheduled internal file audits.
18. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications: 
♣ Two years of progressively responsible experience in housing development and management required; knowledge of local housing issues and regulations are desirable.
♣ Knowledge in real estate transactions, including proficiency in lease negotiation and property management issues is required.  
♣ Experience working with those with severe mental illness is required. Knowledge of social rehabilitation is preferred.  
♣ BA in related field preferred. Extensive experience may be substituted for the degree.
♣ Demonstrated ability to effectively and sensitively provide care to people from different cultural groups.
♣ Strong commitment to the right and ability of each person with a severe and persistent mental illness to live in normal independent community residences and have access to helpful, adequate, competent and continuous support and services.
♣ Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
♣ Must have a valid California Driver License, a driving record acceptable by the Agency's insurance company, and proof of personal vehicle insurance.
♣ Must be able to meet the Immigration Reform Act of 1986 requirements.

Highly Desired Qualification:
♣ Individuals with "lived experience" similar to those of the HOST participants are strongly encouraged to apply. This Agency is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diminishing the influence of privilege and discrimination in our field and our workplace, whether due to differences concerning age, citizenship, color, disability, marital or parental status, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

 

How to Apply:

 

  • Mail/Email resume and cover letter detailing related experience to:

    Bonita House Inc.
    Attention: HR Department
    6333 Telegraph Avenue, #102
    Oakland, CA 94609

    Email: resumes@ bonitahouse.org (please include resume in the body of your email, in addition to attaching). Please type job title in subject line.

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Appropriate candidates will be contacted.

 

  • Bonita House is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diminishing the influence of privilege and discrimination in our field and our workplace, whether due to differences concerning age, citizenship, color, disability, marital or parental status, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. - See more at: http://www.bonitahouse.org