Mobile Housing and Retention Specialist (Bi-Lingual) – Catholic Charities of Oregon (Portland, OR)

Social Work, FT Employee
Catholic Charities of Oregon (Portland, OR)

Mobile Housing and Retention Specialist – El Programa Hispano

Provide a consistent demonstration of Catholic Charities’ values and mission in each contact with a homeless family. Build and nourish mutual relationships, trust and support to promote the strengths and capabilities of homeless families as they work to obtain permanent housing. This is an out stationed position that will function as part of an inter-agency team. The mobile housing specialist will have a “mobile office” in order to conduct effective outreach where the client is. We have office locations in SE Portland and Gresham.

Job Responsibilities
• Provide direct outreach and housing placement services to homeless families who are experiencing homelessness and are on the Family Shelter-to-Housing Program Wait List. Outreach involves going to apartments, cars, parks, bridge viaducts, forested areas, and other locations where people camp. Effective outreach often requires working non-traditional hours. There is a preference for individuals who are able to work some night-time hours each week.
• Initiate and support processes that reduce harm to homeless families and promote transition into permanent housing, by supporting access to needed services, employment, and housing opportunities.
• Emphasize a strength-based approach as Catholic Charities supports homeless families in their efforts to move out of homelessness.
• Assist individuals with moving their belongings into and out of camps/apartments.
• Provide and maintain continuing support to promote housing stabilization with recently housed families for at least eight months. This includes visiting new tenants and building constructive relationships with landlords.
• Build and maintain collaborative relationships with landlords, police, social service agencies, businesses, and neighborhood organizations. Work with area landlords to ensure and expand housing options for homeless families.
• Maintain a narrative of contact with homeless families, services provided, and efforts to transition out of homelessness and retain housing.
• Maintain timely and accurate records on services provided.
• Work effectively with a diverse team.
• Participate in team building, staff meetings, and organizational functions.
• Participate in a coordinated entry system for homeless families.

• Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural English and Spanish.
• Understanding of community issues and barriers to permanent housing that Latino families face.
Experience working with survivors of domestic violence preferred
• Experience working with homeless individuals and/or families; outreach and local Portland social service knowledge is a plus.
• An understanding of the effects of trauma and how trauma can impact homelessness and poverty.
• Experience working under the Assertive Engagement model of service delivery.
• Experience working collaboratively with landlords a plus.
• Demonstrated success building relationships and collaborative efforts with individuals and communities of diverse ethnicities, cultures, abilities, faiths, and economic backgrounds.
• Commitment to non-judgmental, non-violent, and holistic responses to those in need.
• Must be self-motivated and work well in unstructured, sometimes chaotic, environment. Should feel comfortable working alone in the field as well as with a Housing Retention partner and the rest of the Catholic Charities team.
• Familiarity with computers and basic software use is required, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, and Service Point.
• Personal vehicle, valid driver’s license, and insurable driving record required upon hire.
• Ability to lift 50 pounds (position will involve moving furniture sometimes). Must pass a criminal background check.

Salary is $32,000 per year and includes excellent benefits. This position is currently funded until June 2014, with strong likelihood that funding will be extended into the following fiscal year.
This position closes 12/6/2013 at 5:00pm. (175)

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