Job Posting: Housing Stability Worker (Supporting Youth in Transition)

Updated: Feb 24


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. Our Soft Landing & Rapid Rehousing Program is seeking to hire 2 Housing Stability Workers (Supporting Youth in Transition) on one-year contracts.


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 in 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 seek services and are in need of 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.


POSITION SUMMARY


The Housing Stability (HSW) will work in collaboration with the Program Coordinator and the Soft-Landing Team to provide direct individualized supports to deliver meaningful and relevant services for housing and to young people with a focus on youth transiting out of care. The HSW will work in partnership with CFY staff, community-based organizations, and stakeholders to assist in delivering in-home life skills support. The HSW will work in the home and develop individualized support plans with young people to assist in meeting their housing and life skill needs. They will be responsible for ensuring that participants with complex needs are receiving the necessary support to secure and maintain safe, affordable, and appropriate housing


ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


  • Actively work to identify barriers young people face and to support young people to build the skills required to successfully obtain and/or maintain housing.

  • Works closely with staff from CSSD to ensure strong communication and teamwork with the Government of Newfoundland

  • In conjunction with team members, provide in-home support and develop individualized support plans with young people to maintain long-term housing stability.

  • Obtain appropriate consent, information, and documentation in order to assess housing needs.

  • Advocate on behalf of young people with other service providers, maintaining collaborative working relationships.

  • Communicate goals and plans to other team members in order to ensure appropriate support.

  • Assists young people to complete referrals and access relevant community supports.

  • Use communication skills to support young people through sensitive issues such as life skills, mental health, tenancy success, addictions, legal matters.

  • Conduct home visits to ensure the health and safety of tenants.

  • Establish collaborative relationships with young people to provide support through coaching, mentoring, negotiating, and the utilization of conflict resolution and mediation techniques.

  • Interpret and apply the Residential Tenancies Act, policies, and procedures to ensure successful tenancies.

  • Develop and maintain records, reports, and statistics necessary for program functions, evaluations, and funding.

  • Promote harm reduction and foster harm reduction strategies with young people.

  • Advocate on behalf of the young person in navigating the services and systems.

  • Participate in program meetings, staff education and act as a resource for other staff

  • Other duties as assigned


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.

  • Experience working with youth transiting out of in care or in care considered an asset

  • 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.

  • 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


WORK HOURS


The position will work 37.5 hours per week and flexibility in work hours will be required to accommodate youth and program needs and to accommodate higher work volumes and organizational requirements.


COMPENSATION


The salary for this position is $45,669.00 – 50,368.50 annually. Choices for Youth offers a competitive compensation package, including a health and dental program, employer-matched RRSP, and four weeks’ vacation to qualifying employees.


HOW TO APPLY


Please submit your cover letter and resume with YIT-02-2022 in the subject line, explaining how you meet the criteria. Deadline to Apply: February 10, 2022

Email:


Recruitment Lead, Human Resources:

recruitment@choicesforyouth.ca

Greg Quinn, Coordinator – Soft Landing & Rapid Rehousing

gquinn@choicesforyouth.ca


Reference ID: YIT-02-2022


Application Deadline: February 10, 2022


Choices for Youth appreciates all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


For more information about Choices for Youth, please visit www.choicesforyouth.ca

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.