Housing Navigator
Project Room Key

Post
  • Full-time
  • Pay: $20/hour
  • Location: West Sacramento
  • Competitive Benefits package including medical/dental/vision coverage

SUMMARY:

Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA) is looking to hire a Housing Navigator for Project Room Key, an emergency shelter program to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among those medically at-risk who are living homeless. The program aims to help prepare program participants to transition to permanent housing using housing first and harm reduction principles. We are looking for a front-line public health worker who serves as a liaison between individuals at-risk of COVID-19 living at the emergency shelter motels and the resources they need to maintain and improve their health. The ideal candidate for this position will love working with vulnerable population, be a natural and effective problem solver, have excellent documentation and computer skills, and be able to maintain a high level of ethical conduct regarding confidentiality, and professional boundaries. You must have the ability to work well independently and as part of a team as well as the occasional evenings and Saturdays.

RESPONSIBILITIES:                                                                       

  • Provides regular health and safety check-ins (in person, by phone, or electronically) with program participants
  • Assists with securing basic needs, such as food and healthcare
  • Facilitates communication between program participants and healthcare and social service programs
  • Helps individuals to understand their health conditions and strategies to improve their health and well-being
  • Delivers health information, particularly about COVID-19, using culturally appropriate terms and concepts
  • Provides informal support and follow-up to program participants
  • Maintains accurate records and provides timely reports
  • Follows ethical/legal standards, including confidentiality and mandated reporting
  • Practices CDC health and safety guidelines for COVID-19 (wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and frequent hand-washing) and ensures that program participants adhere to these standards
  • Follows direction from the Program Manager; actively participates in supervision; attends staff meetings and other community meetings, as indicated
  • Identifies, organizes, maintains and disseminates information on a wide variety of economic supports and housing options in Yolo County (e.g. shared, supportive, subsidized, clean and sober, moderate income housing, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and Federal, State, and local laws regarding homelessness including Housing First, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed practices, and Harm Reduction principles
  • Knowledge of cultural and linguistically competent services
  • Clear understanding of appropriate staff/client boundaries
  • Experience working successfully with issues of substance abuse, mental health, criminal background, and other potential barriers to economic self-sufficiency
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word Outlook and Internet applications
  • Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability are imperative
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
  • A successful completion of a criminal background screening
  • A valid California driver’s license
  • Provision of legal documents to work in the United States
  • Must be able to support a flexible schedule, including evening, nights, and weekends, when needed
  • Ability to listen and respond with compassion and kindness; maintaining confidentiality
  • Must be available for occasional night and weekend work.
  • Responsibilities may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time in both indoor office and external program environment; occasional bending and stooping; typing and operating assigned equipment. Reasonable accommodations for physical requirements will be considered and made on a case-by-case basis.

EDUCATIONAL AND WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in the health or human service field preferred or Completion of an Associate Arts Degree is required with an emphasis in Social Work, Psychology, Social Services or a related field.
  • At least one years of experience working with vulnerable and homeless individuals.

TO APPLY:

Please submit an email with resume, a completed YCCA job application, a list of current references and a cover letter, as separate attachments to: YCCAjobs@gmail.com. Write “Housing Navigator” in the subject line of your email. Your resume, application, references and cover letter must all be received, as attachments, in order to be considered. YCCA job application can be downloaded here: https://www.yolokids.org/career-opportunities