Position Title: Housing Transition Specialist
Classification: Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt
Location: Guild St. Paul, 130 Wabasha St S Ste 100, St. Paul, MN 55107
Salary Range: $35,716 to $42,021 Annually
Guild believes that dignity is a basic human right- which is why we work hard to connect individuals to proper mental health treatment, competitive employment, and stable housing. We serve individuals 16 and older who are experiencing serve and persistent mental illness, mental illness concerns, and chronic homelessness. On any given day, Guild staff serves nearly 900 individuals in the Twin Cities metro area. Services are mobile, provided in the community when and where needed. By looking at the holistic wellness of each client we serve, we are able to facilitate healing, growth, and new quality of life.
In partnership and collaborations with social service and housing providers, the Housing Access Resource Team program focuses emphasis on the skills of tenancy supports to obtain and maintain housing. Key areas of focus includes tenant responsibilities, landlord negotiation, household management, monitoring overall well-being and problem solving, connecting individuals to benefits and needed services while moving toward self-sufficiency and achieving personal goals.
This position is responsible to provide direct support to persons with serious mental illness and history of homelessness who need assistance with accessing housing.
• How to teach basic sanitation, safety, and safe food handling techniques.
• Written and oral communication, including facilitating meetings and documentation.
• Establishing rapport and trust with individuals who have experienced homelessness, substance abuse problems, and/or mental illness.
• Speaking with persons of various social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds to teach independent living skills.
• Setting limits with tenants and visitors as needed and in mediating between contending individuals.
• Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature.
• Working independently and following through on assignments and documentation with minimal direction.
• Performing under the stress of frequent interruptions and/or distractions.
• Teach living skills such as cooking and grocery shopping, budgeting, housekeeping, using community resources for leisure, laundry, how to set limits with friends or guests, etc.
• Creatively problem solve and identify the essential factors in a situation and implement a solution.
• Demonstrate confidence and promote the self-esteem of others.
• Demonstrate compassion and respect for others
• Coordinate with co-workers and act as a part of a team.
• Recognize and report problems pertaining to habitability, such as: furniture, floor covering, walls, ceilings, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, etc.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with tenants and landlords.
• Think creatively and explore new alternatives
• Exhibit a sense of personal and professional empowerment, and the ability to influence and create positive change.
• Promote an inclusive, diverse, culturally competent and respectful work environment.
• Accept ambiguous circumstances and take action where answers to a problem are not readily apparent.
Education and Experiences:
B. Education and Experience
• Qualified as a Community Health Worker, Peer Support Specialist, Case Management Associate, or, Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker – all defined in Minnesota Statutes.
• Minimum of two year’s personal or working experience related to the SPMI/SMI population, substance abuse, and/or the homeless population.
• Two years’ experience in either a housing related field or social services, working with individuals with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness and the homeless population.
• Bachelor’s degree or 3 year’s experience in housing related field.