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HOUSING OUTREACH WORKER
Housing Outreach Worker
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, 37.5 hours per week
Seniors Services Society of BC is a non-profit agency located in New Westminster, B.C. which provides support services for seniors in New Westminster to live independently, as well outreach services for seniors in housing crisis across Metro Vancouver.
Within the vision and mission statements of the Society, reporting to the Housing Supervisor, the Housing Outreach Worker will be responsible for maintaining a caseload of homeless and at-risk seniors to attain and/or maintain appropriate housing and services to support their long-term well-being.
•Provide intensive housing outreach services to a caseload of older adults who are homeless or at risk in Metro Vancouver
•Assist clients in securing long term affordable and appropriate housing and any necessary supports for independent living
•Assist homeless clients in accessing emergency shelter and support services.
•Network with service providers and make referrals for your clients as appropriate including the health authority and mental health
•Build working relationships with housing providers including BC Housing, subsidized housing providers and private landlords
•Work with building managers and landlords to prevent evictions of clients
•Maintain timely, accurate and appropriate records as required and prepare reports as requested
•Represent the agency in the community when requested
•Any other duties as required or assigned
•Post-secondary education or equivalent work experience in any of the following areas: social work, community social service, mental health, or gerontology. A bachelor’s degree is preferred.
•Minimum one year experience working with those who are homeless, living with mental illness and/or addiction
•Knowledgeable in community resources for seniors
•Understanding of systems that can lead to homelessness and/or poverty
•Must have own vehicle and valid class 5 driver’s license
•Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certificate an asset
•First Aid certificate an asset
•Must be willing to provide a criminal record check
•Ability to balance work/life
The successful applicant will be a self-driven and motivated individual who can work under minimum supervision.
They must be a team player, able to build positive relationships with co-workers, volunteers, clients, housing providers, and community stakeholders. Thorough knowledge of government and community resources and programs for seniors and those defined as, ‘hard to house’ a definite asset. The applicant will be a creative problem solver who can work under stress and remain calm under tight timelines. She or he will be a highly organized individual who is detail oriented. The ability to lift 40lbs will be required.
Rate of pay will be determined according to the successful applicant’s education, skills, and experience. A competitive benefits package is included after probation. This is a full time position - 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Please submit your resume and cover letter via fax or e-mail only. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. OPEN UNTIL FILLED.
Housing Services Supervisor
Seniors Services Society
750 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster, BC, V3M 1E7