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Housing Support Specialist

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Lowell, MA, United States

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Disability, Healthcare

Posted on
May 12, 2021

Valid Through
Aug 25, 2021

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##Job Description The Housing Support Specialist provides specialized housing services to individuals enrolled with the Behavioral Health Community Partner (BHCP) program or with an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or Managed Care Organization (MCO) plan. The Housing Support Specialist supports and collaborates with the BHCP teams which provide intensive care coordination and clinical care management for MassHealth members with complex medical and behavioral health needs. In coordination with Housing Program Manager, the Housing Support Specialist provides services, including assessment of housing related needs and navigation to other Tenancy Support Programs. For housed members who are at risk due to qualifying health conditions or are housing insecure, the Housing Support Specialist provides Pre-Tenancy Support Services, Tenancy Transition Services, and Tenancy Sustaining Services to resolve issues that impact continued tenancy. In addition, the Housing Support Specialist works with members who are experiencing homelessness to identify housing needs and preferences and helps them access housing. Additional responsibilities include: * Helping enrollees identify preferences, assistance with budgeting or referral to aid programs, supporting access and completion of housing applications, and supporting follow up to applications. * Provides Tenancy Sustaining supports, include negotiating with landlords regarding accommodations, connecting to tenancy sustaining benefit programs, connecting to education regarding lease compliance, and connecting to legal resources or resources for successful community living. * Performs outreach to assigned Enrollees and verifies eligibility for the program, completes flexible services screening, verification, planning, and referral. * Identifies the need for and coordinates Home Modifications that ensure the member's health, welfare, and safety, or enables the member to function independently in a community-based setting (i.e., installation of grab bars and hand showers, doorway modifications, in-home environmental risk assessments, training to use such supplies and modifications correctly). * Uses evidence-based and promising practices that optimize care integration and effective communication across systems of care, and that align with rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness principles, such as the Housing First approach to care. * Uses recovery-oriented, person-centered, culturally competent, and strengths-based approaches to help members find, get, and keep housing. * Develops and maintains relationships with internal and external parties and agencies providing service to persons experiencing homelessness or who have at risk tenancies. * Performs other related duties, as assigned. Why Vinfen? We are committed to you! We offer great training, great benefits, career growth and job security! Our comprehensive and generous benefits package includes: * A fully funded, employer-sponsored retirement plan that requires no employee contribution as well as an employee-funded 403(b) plan * First-rate Medical, Dental and Vision plans that are open all employees scheduled to work 30 hours per week or more. Plus, we offer a generous employer contribution toward the cost of medical insurance! * Employer-paid Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Long-Term Disability Insurance (no cost to you!) * Employer-paid Short-Term Disability Insurance along with the option to purchase additional, voluntary, Short-Term disability insurance * Flexible Spending Reimbursement Accounts (Health and Dependent care) * Voluntary Term, Whole Life, Accident and Critical Care Insurance * Generous paid time off (Employees scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week): * 15 days of Vacation per year * 11 Paid Holidays * 10 Sick Days per year * 3 Personal Days per year * Educational Assistance and Remission Programs * $500 Employee Referral Bonus with no annual cap! * Other generous benefits including discounted YMCA memberships, access to discounted movie tickets and more! Founded in 1977, for 40 years Vinfen has been a leading nonprofit human services organization that transforms lives by building the capacity of individuals, families, organizations and communities to learn, thrive and achieve their goals. Vinfen supports thousands of adolescents and adults with psychiatric, developmental and behavioral disabilities at more than 200 sites with 3,000 employees in eastern Massachusetts and Connecticut. My Vinfen. My Community. My Job. Vinfen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. Keywords: Housing support, care coordination, homelessness prevention, VinfenIC ##Requirements * A Bachelor's degree in mental health, social services, or business is preferred. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. * Prior experience with and knowledge of housing services, subsidy programs and resources strongly preferred. * Experience working with people living with serious mental illness or substance use disorder. * Preference given to bi-lingual/bi-cultural applicants and those with lived experience * All applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a current, valid, US drivers' license for at least one year. * All applicants must be able to become CPR and First Aid certified within 2 weeks of employment. * Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport members. * All candidates must be able to successfully pass a CORI, reference, multi-state background and driving record check. ##Schedule Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm POSITION TYPE: Full time - Regular Pay Rate: $47,000 / year City: Lowell State: Massachusetts

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