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 RallyForward program in partnership with End Homelessness St. John’s is seeking to hire 1 Intensive Housing Stability Worker (IHSW) for a one-year contract with the possibility of extension.
The Intensive Housing Stability Worker (IHSW) will work in collaboration with the Program Coordinator and the RallyForward team, to provide direct, intensive, individualized support to deliver meaningful and relevant services for housing to young people with a focus on youth identified through the End Homelessness St. John’s (EHSJ) Community Access to Homes table. The IHSW will work in partnership with CFY staff, community-based organizations, and stakeholders to assist in delivering in-home life skills support. The IHSW 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.
Build rapport with individual youth through supportive and respectful interactions, providing support to youth, enabling empowerment, and a move toward maintaining long-term housing stability and independence in the community.
Crisis intervention and prevention work includes; identifying potential crisis and implementing prevention plans, responding to crises as they arise (mental health, physical and non‐violent crisis intervention), and reporting all crisis to the Program Coordinator
Obtain appropriate consents, information, and documentation in order to assess housing and life skill 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 support.
Conduct home visits to ensure the health and safety of tenants.
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.
Participate in program meetings, and staff education and act as a resource for other staff.
Works closely with staff from EHSJ to ensure strong communication and teamwork
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 of 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.
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 $ 47,989.50 – 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 explaining how you meet the criteria and using the reference ID in the subject line. Deadline to Apply: July 3, 2022.
Recruitment Lead, Human Resources:
Susan Crawford, Coordinator – RallyForward
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.