Employment Type: Full-Time
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Job Description The Office of Affordable/Supportive Housing and Services (OSAHS) helps former homeless clients succeed in permanent housing, by providing access to permanent housing with support services. OSAHS works closely with other divisions of HRA and with other governmental and non-governmental service providers to create new programs and to integrate and refine existing services, so the people it serves can achieve their maximum functional capacity. Program areas under OSAHS’s purview include the design and implementation of the Mayor’s 15,000-unit supportive housing commitment, master leasing for former homeless households, coordination with HPD for homeless set-asides, providing support services for former homeless senior citizens and developing innovative housing models to house in need individuals and families.
OSAHS supports and coordinates the development of supportive housing, provides services for senior affordable housing residents and other related series. Supportive housing is affordable housing with supportive services, including both mental and physical healthcare access, alcohol and substance use programs, and other social services.
The Office of Affordable/Supportive Housing and Services is recruiting for one (1) Community Coordinator to function as a Housing Coordinator; The Housing Coordinator will maintain consistent relationships between OSAHS staff, DHS staff, shelter providers, landlords/brokers, the Veterans Administration, NYCHA and other divisions of HRA to assist DHS clients in locating and securing permanent housing. These individuals perform a variety of office and field activities to ensure the best apartment match for DHS client while maintaining an effective working relationship with community partners. Additionally, the Housing Coordinator will inspect apartments and rooms to ensure they meet habitability standards and will:
•Establish and maintain effective communication with DHS, HRA housing providers, landlords and other external partners providing housing to formerly homeless households.
•Develop resources which help in locating affordable housing for DHS shelter clients by establishing active relationships with brokers/landlords and other services. Provide needed information about programs and answers inquiries from the general public and prospective providers about housing quality standards. Conduct presentations to educate specific Community Based organizations, housing developers and other concerned parties on voucher programs and the benefits of participating.
•Provide administrative and technical support to DHS clients and shelter providers on DHS/HRA housing program initiatives. Assist in DHS/HRA sponsored housing fairs (i.e. completion of applications, collection of documents, provide clarity on lease up and move-out processes).
•Identify and arrange for services that will help clients maintain their permanent housing, including filing for benefits and obtaining housing subsidies. Serve as an on-going liaison between the agency and property managers.
•Coordinate housing searches and assist with applications, interview and follow-up to secure placement in private and publicly supported housing.
•Coordinate with non-profit housing providers, landlords, brokers, managing agents or superintendents on inspection schedules. Conduct inspections following HUD’s Housing Quality Standards (HQS). Document and record findings in accordance with HUD’s Housing Quality standards and advises landlords, brokers, managing agents and non-profit partners on needed repairs.
•Maintain accurate tracking of units in his/her portfolio pertaining to the status of inspection results. Provide feedback and forward complete inspections to the Veteran Administration and NYCHA. Schedules re-inspections as required.
•Assist the rental subsidy unit by delivering checks, applications and documentation and performs other administrative duties as required. Minimum Qual Requirements 1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to '1' or '2' above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in '1' above. Additional Information **LOAN FORGIVENESS
The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DSS/HRA/DHS qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.
Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
In addition, the Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services offers competitive salaries and the following benefits:
Generous Pension Plans (The New York Employees' Retirement System);
401(k) and Roth 457 Retirement Savings Programs;
U.S. Savings Bonds Flexible Spending Program;
Health Benefits, Dental, Vision Coverage, Prescription Drug Program;
Training and Professional Development;
Opportunity for Scholarship; College Savings Program;
Paid Holidays and Generous Annual Leave.
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