Choices for Youth Inc. (CFY) is a professional service, youth-focused, non-profit, charitable organization that creates spaces and conversations, and operates programs and social enterprises to help vulnerable youth secure stable housing, employment, and education while improving health and family stability. With a focus on prevention, intervention, and support, we help youth and young families break cycles of poverty and homelessness and transition to healthy, stable, and independent lives. We are currently hiring a Housing Finder position on a 1-year contract with potential for extension.
Young people arrive at Choices for Youth (CFY) from all over the province and approximately 50% of the homeless population in St. John’s have arrived into the city within the past 5 years. For youth who are new to the city, arriving alone and without support elevates pre-existing risks while also introducing new ones. Youth who come to St. John’s in seek of services are often running away from challenges, or need specific types of support that they cannot receive in their home communities. Unfortunately, without an adequately resourced and coordinated response from service providers, the first few days of their arrival represent a series of crises as these young people often have nowhere to sleep, no money, no food, and no local networks of support. There is a significant opportunity to embed coordination of rural, remote, and urban services to ensure smoother transitions for the young people we serve.
The Housing Finder will work in collaboration with the Program Coordinator and the Soft-Landing Team to identify and secure available and appropriate private rental housing opportunities for marginalized youth while implementing solutions to housing barriers. The Housing Finder will also work in collaboration with the Housing Specialists at CFY to build and maintain a landlord and property manager portfolio through relationship development while also creating an affordable housing stock for youth.
The Housing Finder position will provide support to the Housing Stability Workers to assist clients with housing search by matching clients with available housing stock and the landlord and property manager portfolio, decreasing housing instability. The Housing Finder should be an excellent mediator and highly knowledgeable about the housing market, social services, and the Residential Tenancies Act to provide advocacy between clients and landlords as well as information on tenant/landlord roles and responsibilities. Finally, this role also requires preparing and maintaining statistical data, to assist in identifying housing trends and developing strategies to navigate them.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Proactively seek out new housing opportunities and resources that are not presently advertised to assist youth with housing.
Assess youth’s financial eligibility to determine housing or financial support needs.
Providing youth with information and referring them to additional support programs or services as required.
Assisting clients with the search for available properties and arrangement of property viewing.
Provide access to resources to assist youth as needed during their move into housing (such assistance may include accessing rental assistance money, furnishings and coordinating movers).
Nurture existing relationships and create new collaborative partnerships with landlords and other housing providers.
Acting as a liaison to resolve client and landlord issues as needed.
Develop and facilitate training and workshops for clients and staff including tenant rights and responsibilities, housing discrimination, finding and securing rental housing, and communication with landlords.
Maintain a Housing Directory to include documentation of all contacts with housing providers. Provide consistent updates on housing availability.
Other duties as required
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
University degree in social services or equivalent and registration with a professional college, if applicable
Minimum of three years work experience in a social service field
Three years’ experience working in a supportive housing direct delivery service setting with young people experiencing the impacts of poverty, homelessness, violence, trauma, mental health, addictions or concurrent disorders.
Extensive knowledge of the non-profit sector and youth homelessness issues
Comfortability working one to one in the home of young people which includes experience with pest control issues as well as animals that may be living in the home.
Current Standard First Aid/CPR and ASIST training.
Ability to search and navigate multiple media platforms to develop appropriate housing stocks
Experience with Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Software or Electronic Database Management System would be an asset.
Active drivers license and access to a vehicle is required
A satisfactory certificate of conduct and vulnerable sector check is required and must be bondable
Regular hours of work for this position are Monday to Friday (37.5 hours per week). Flexibility in work hours will be required to accommodate higher work volumes and organizational requirements, including occasional and emergent need to work evenings and weekends.
The salary for this position will be $45,669.00 - $50,368.50 annually. CFY offers a competitive compensation package, including: a health and dental program, employer- matched RRSP and four weeks' vacation to qualifying employees.
This is a full-time 12-month contractual position with possibility of extension.
HOW TO APPLY:
Choices for Youth appreciates all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please submit your cover letter and resume explaining how you meet the criteria and use HF-1221 in the subject line to the below recipients. Deadline to Apply: February 18, 2022
Greg Quinn, Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference ID: HF-02-2022
Application Deadline: February 18, 2022
Choices for Youth appreciates all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Equity in employment is essential to a just society. Choices for Youth enthusiastically welcomes applications from all qualified people, including racialized people, people of all sexual orientations, women and trans* people, Aboriginal and First People, those with disabilities, mental illness, and from all social strata.
To view all current job postings, please visit www.choicesforyouth.ca/join-cfy.