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Title: Housing Outreach Worker
Rate of pay will be determined according to the successful applicant’s education, skills, and experience. A competitive benefits package is included after probation.
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 drivers 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.
Please submit your resume and cover letter via fax or e-mail only by June 16th, 2017. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.