Housing Specialist, Short Term Housing Program

Full Time

Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City, where all children and adults have access to the resources and supports they need to thrive.  We take a comprehensive approach by offering more than 160 integrated programs in:  Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Job Training & Employment Support Services, Health, Housing, and Legal Services. We reach more than 65,000 individuals and families each year at our 90 locations, including 10,000 youth.  CAMBA serves a diverse cross section of New Yorkers from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. More than half of our clients are immigrants and refugees from around the globe. Over 85% of our families are in living in poverty, reflecting the challenges faced by nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers today.

Short Term Housing Program: This program provides 50 units of congregate and transitional housing to PLWHA who are homeless or at serious risk of homelessness.  There are 8 units of housing at the program’s congregate facility located at 27 Winthrop Street and there are 42 units of housing in the community.  Seven community based apartments are for families and thirty-five clients share 16 (2) bedroom and 1 (3) bedroom apartments until permanent housing can be attained.  Clients receive case management and other services. Transitional Congregate Housing Program: Provides nine units of emergency transitional housing to clients coming from HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) Emergency Placement Unit.  Clients reside in our 24 hour congregate residence located at 25 Winthrop Street.  Each individual has their own lockable bedroom but shares common areas such as the bathroom and living room.  This housing is for single individuals only.  The length of stay is generally limited to six months.  Staff provides case management and housing placement services.  The program’s goal is to prepare individuals for permanent housing placement.

Position: Housing Specialist

Reports To: Program Manager

Location: 27 Winthrop Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225

What the Housing Specialist Does:

  • Identify studio and/or one bedroom apartment for eligible clients.
  • Obtain leases and other required documentation in order to process leases.
  • Act as liaison between Case Managers, maintenance workers, and the Fiscal Department to address various issues i.e. housing plans, maintenance work/repairs, and fiscal issues.
  • Process work orders as needed and review all signed work orders to ensure work has been done.
  • Pick up all of CAMBA’s checks to pay CAMBA’s portion of clients’ utility bills, hand-deliver checks to appropriate utilities, receive receipts and submit receipts to Fiscal Department.
  • Conduct regular inspections of client rooms/apartments in congregate site and/or community-based apartments with assistance from other program staff (i.e., security personnel).
  • Escort clients to necessary appointments to ensure rent payments, active benefits and entitlement, and apartment viewings.
  • Respond immediately to emergencies and inform supervisor.

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. and two years of applicable experience; or, Associates degree (A. A.) and one year of applicable experience and/or equivalent experience.

Other Requirements:

  • Knowledge about, understanding of, and ability to work closely with, persons with HIV/AIDS and related issues.
  • Knowledge about, understanding of, and experience working with, housing systems, facilities management, and maintenance needs.

 

CAMBA is a City contractor that provides services where employees can be expected to physically interact with members of the public. All CAMBA staff are subject to the City’s October 21, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, whether they have direct involvement with members of the public, or they support others who have direct involvement.

All new hires must provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. If you are offered employment at CAMBA, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation is received and approved by CAMBA.