Housing Advocate      

POSTING DATE: 08/03/2018       CLOSING DATE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Department: head start


Essential Functions:

Chicago Child Care Society’s Housing Advocates provide case management, housing location, and income support services to families and youth referred by the Illinois Department of Child and Family (DCFS). This position serves families who have an open child welfare case and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our goal is to help families obtain stable housing and avoid family separation. This position also serves youth exiting the foster care system who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our goal is to help youth increase life skills, increase income, and obtain stable housing.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working in partnership with clients to assess all barriers to safe, stable, and affordable housing, and to identify steps needed to address these barriers.
  • Providing life skills training, counseling, and guidance to clients as they work to overcome barriers to housing.
  • Locating housing options which meet client needs, including market-rate apartments, family reunification, roommate situations, transitional housing, and affordable/subsidized housing.
  • Linking clients to available community resources.
  • Maintaining communication with DCFS case workers and supervisors.
  • Accurately tracking and documenting all services provided.
  • Completing required billing and documentation as outlined in contract.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must pass applicable background tests, including CANTS screening (Required)
  • Must possess valid driver’s license
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and proof automobile insurance; must maintain transportation and automobile insurance for the duration of employment
  • Local travel up to 85% of the time
  • Demonstrated interest and passion in providing services to children and families.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and organizational skills.
  • Flexible work schedule to accommodate weekends and evenings when necessary.
  • Ability to transport clients in your vehicle.
  • Possess good decision-making skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft applications and database management.
  • Function well in group and team settings.
  • Committed to continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission.
  • Possess interpersonal skills that excel in cultural sensitivity and respect for differences.

Job: Full Time, Exempt Position

Education: 

  • Associate’s Degree or two years college equivalence.

Experience: 

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in child welfare, social service or housing advocacy and knowledge in child welfare or social service field.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit an updated resume and cover letter to Tharrie Evans via email at TEvans@CCCsociety.org. NO phone calls, please.

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