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HousingLink Director
HousingLink Coordinator
Children’s Activities Specialist – part-time, Brooklyn
Children and Family Services Coordinator

HousingLink Director

HousingLink is an innovative citywide program that provides a continuum of services to prevent or reduce shelter use and support housing stability for low-income domestic violence survivors and their children. In collaboration with five borough-based Family Justice Centers, HousingLink connects families fleeing domestic violence who are, or at risk of, homelessness to quality, affordable rental units in privately owned buildings, educating individuals about their housing options, and assist them to become housing ready. Services include trainings on permanent housing options available in New York City including rental subsidy programs, overcoming barriers to securing an affordable apartment, and preparing successful applications for renting a private sector apartment; one-on-one counseling and referrals tailored to individual needs of each client to address housing barriers (e.g., negative credit, housing court records); referrals to vacant units in affordable housing developments owned by 25 landlord partners; and aftercare to ensure that clients placed in housing remain stable. To date, the program has trained 716 FJC staff and clients and screened 373 families. HousingLink has connected 68 families into new homes and 100% have remain stably housed.

The qualified candidate will report directly to the Deputy Executive Director and have the following responsibilities:

Program Management

  • Manage day-to-day program operation and accomplishment of program objectives.
  • Supervise a team of 3 professional staff members with a rotating schedule throughout the 5 FJCs.
  • Determine the amount and length of financial assistance for applicants to obtain housing.
  • Screen applicants to ensure they are appropriate for permanent housing prior to submitting those individuals’ applications to property managers of tax credit projects.
  • Matches appropriate applicants to available LIHTC units, sets up application submission, interviews and apartment viewings.
  • Coordinates required documentation and paperwork submission and flow with various program partners to facilitate client placements.
  • Oversees a housing training program for FJC clients and advocates.
  • Regularly communicates with property/owner management staff, FJC staff, government agencies including HRA, HPD, NYCHA, etc., and clients about housing application/placement progress.
  • Creates and revises program materials as appropriate.

Stakeholder Partnerships

  • Identify and resolve structural obstacles to meeting programs goals and/or the success of individual cases.
  • Develop relationships, alliances, and resources to support advocacy efforts.
  • Strategically pursue mutually beneficial resolutions.
  • Focus advocacy efforts to have maximum positive impact for program and clients while maintaining/growing collaborative relationships with critical partners and stakeholders.
  • Utilize updates, tracking charts, and other written documents to communicate program progress and coordination.

      Landlords

  • Maintain and enhance existing landlord partnerships to ensure a steady, continuous flow of appropriate affordable housing units.
  • Identify new landlords willing to partner with HousingLink. Determine tenant eligibility requirements, and location, size and rent requirements of available units.
  • Identify point person(s) and build productive relationships with these contacts.
  • Initiate phone and in-person meetings, conference calls, and site-visits.
  • Problem-solve partnership coordination issues.
  • Facilitate any financial assistance payments with New Destiny’s finance team and partner landlords.

     Family Justice Centers/Program Partners

  • Coordinate with FJC staff on client eligibility for permanent housing and support a referral system for channeling FJC clients to HousingLink staff.
  • When needed, adjust services to the needs of each Family Justice Center and their clients.
  • Communicate regularly with OCDV, FJC leadership, FJC program partners and other stakeholders to coordinate program operations, advance program goals and nurture partner relationships.
  • Provide a training program on permanent housing options for domestic violence survivors for FJC partners and advocates.
  • Problem-solves partnership coordination issues.

Data, Evaluation & Reporting

  • Collaborate with Deputy Executive Director to design program metrics and track program data.
  • Ensure the security of confidential client information.
  • Produce a variety of regularly scheduled and as-needed program reports for different audiences.
  • Regularly review progress on program goals and objectives.
  • Determines advocacy agenda with government agencies and other partners.
  • Adapts program operations and objectives to changing policy and economic environment.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Community Development or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in affordable housing, program management, and/or community organizing is required.
  • Ability to negotiate, prioritize goals, and bring together parties with different perspectives around a common goal is essential.
  • Knowledge of public benefits, including housing subsidies and public assistance, is critical as is experience with supervision and program evaluation.
  • Other requirements include excellent speaking and writing skills, sound judgment and professionalism, tenacity and commitment, and the ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Fluency in Spanish highly desirable.

Please email resume and a detailed cover letter to New Destiny at resumes@newdestinyhousing.org.

HousingLink Coordinator

HousingLink is an innovative citywide program that provides a continuum of services to prevent or reduce shelter use and support housing stability for low-income domestic violence survivors and their children. In collaboration with five borough-based Family Justice Centers, HousingLink connects families fleeing domestic violence who are, or at risk of, homelessness to quality, affordable rental units in privately owned buildings, educating individuals about their housing options, and assist them to become housing ready. Services include trainings on permanent housing options available in New York City including rental subsidy programs, overcoming barriers to securing an affordable apartment, and preparing successful applications for renting a private sector apartment; one-on-one counseling and referrals tailored to individual needs of each client to address housing barriers (e.g., negative credit, housing court records); referrals to vacant units in affordable housing developments owned by 25 landlord partners; and aftercare to ensure that clients placed in housing remain stable. To date, the program has trained 716 FJC staff and clients and screened 373 families. HousingLink has connected 68 families into new homes and 100% have remain stably housed.

The qualified candidate will report directly to the HousingLink Director and have the following responsibilities:

Core Duties:

  • Meet with FJC clients individually in order to conduct case assessments and provide housing consults around permanent housing options, including LITCH eligibility.
  • Communicate with HousingLink staff and client advocates to facilitate case progression and fulfilment of housing action plans.
  • Maintain transparency with potential clients regarding expectations, requirements and housing process and provide support as needed.
  • Review credit reports and background checks focused on credit, housing and criminal.
  • Collect documentation and prepare housing applications for HousingLink clients.
  • Maintain HousingLink data integrity by inputting client information on a weekly basis.
  • Collect and input quantitative and qualitative data gathered from program participants and partners in support of a program evaluation and ongoing data collection needs.
  • Provide aftercare services for placed HousingLink clients via phone and email.
  • Encourage HousingLink clients to engage in self-sufficiency improvement activities and supportive services in order to improve their economic situation prior to the end of available housing subsidies
  • Provide referrals and linkages to appropriate services for clients in need of support due to rent arrears, safety concerns, and case management services.

Family Justice Centers/Program Partner Relationships:

  • Actively network with FJC staff to maintain active referral flow and provide support when needed.
  • Conduct case conferences with HousingLink Director and supportive FJC stuff, as needed.
  • Help maintain and stablish new relationships with other community based organizations.
  • Conduct focus groups and evaluation surveys with FJC staff and clients on a quarterly basis.
  • Attend internal & external meetings, as needed.
  • Other duties as directed

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, social work, or related field
  • 3+ years work experience in a client-facing, nonprofit organization.
  • Must be responsible, flexible, a self-starter and able to work independently.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Experience interacting with clients over the phone and e-mail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred candidates will have:

  • Spanish fluency.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of affordable housing and housing subsidies.
  • Financial literacy experience and knowledge.

Please email resume and a detailed cover letter to New Destiny at resumes@newdestinyhousing.org.

      Children’s Activities Specialist – part-time, Brooklyn

      New Destiny is seeking a part-time Children’s Activities Specialist to provide educational and recreational programming for children, and families at one permanent housing location in Brooklyn. The qualified candidate will be a creative organized and energetic self-starter who enjoys and is committed to working with children. S/he will be mature and able to take initiative, and responsible. The Children’s Activities Specialist will report to the Tenant Support Coordinator at the site.

      The part-time Children’s Activities Specialist will be responsible for the following activities among others:

      Youth and Family Events
      • Plan and carry out age-appropriate activities for children
      • Maintain a secure and safe environment for all activities
      • Research, organize and implement afterschool and occasional weekend activities
      • Plan, budget and shop for activities
      • Chaperone field trips
      • Assist with building wide events and celebrations
      • Work with volunteers and Interns to enrich youth and family events

      After School Activities
      • Offer afterschool tutoring and homework assistance to youth of various ages
      • Provide a menu of afterschool educational and recreational activities for youth

      Linkages with Educational and Recreational Programs
      • Build connections in the community to refer tenants to local activities and resources
      • Develop an ongoing database of borough and city wide educational and recreational programs

      Administrative and Training
      • Plan monthly calendars and crate itemized budgets for all activities
      • Create and distribute flyers to encourage tenant participation
      • Document participant attendance, maintain case files and write case notes
      • Prepare monthly reports and incident reports when appropriate
      • Attend trainings as required

      Qualifications
      Minimum A.A. degree with at least two years’ work experience with children or youth services. Will be required to work one day 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and two days 10:30 am to 6:30 pm; and occasionally on a Saturday or Sunday. The candidate will be working out of the Brooklyn site. Experience working with domestic violence survivors is desirable. Other requirements include computer proficiency and a strong commitment to serving families. CPR and First Aid training certification a plus. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

      Please email resume and a detailed cover letter to New Destiny at resumes@newdestinyhousing.org.

      Children and Family Services Coordinator

      New Destiny is seeking a full-time Children and Family Services Coordinator for its Family Support Program. The successful candidate will work with the Housing Services Director to maintain and grow a robust program at four locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn focused on helping children thrive emotionally, physically, and academically; reduce incidents of child abuse and ACS involvement; and promote family unity. This is a full-time position requiring one late night a week (e.g., 11:00 am to 7:00 pm) and occasional weekend hours. The Children and Family Services Coordinator will co-supervise the Child Activities Specialist with the Tenant Support Coordinators at each site, and will report directly to the Housing Services Director. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following activities:

      Children and Family Services
      • Develop children’s programming in collaboration with the Children’s Activities Specialists and Tenant Support Coordinators, and the families at each site
      • Provide counseling (one-on-one, group and family sessions) and parent workshops
      • Create and implement treatment plans
      • Provide clinical assessments
      • Conduct monthly case conferences with Family Support Program staff
      • Seek additional staffing resources—e.g., social work interns and volunteers

      Referral(s) for Children and Family Services
      • Develop and maintain linkages with appropriate health and mental health providers
      • Provide referrals to mental health services
      • Provide referrals to parenting and counseling groups, and to recreational and educational programs
      • Follow-up with schools, clinics and other providers where appropriate

      Administrative Activities
      • Prepare monthly reports on program activities
      • Collect and maintain information on children and families (report cards, skills evaluation, surveys)
      • Maintain up-to-date case files
      • Contribute to the development of best practices for the Family Support Program
      • Co-supervise the Children’s Activities Specialist with the Tenant Support Coordinator

      Qualifications: MSW, MA, M. ED degree and minimum of 3 to 5 years of work experience in social services setting required. Candidate must have ability to engage children and adults who have experienced homelessness and domestic violence, be empathetic, creative and resourceful. Experience with trauma-informed care approach preferred. Ideal candidate is a person with previous supervisory experience, highly organized, flexible and resourceful. Other requirements include strong communication skills, computer literacy, sound judgment and ability to respond in crises. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

      Please email resume and cover letter to New Destiny at resumes@newdestinyhousing.org.