Rapid Rehousing Family Advocate

Subsidized Housing · San Mateo, California
Department Subsidized Housing
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

FULL TIME and NON EXEMPT

Reports to:  Housing Services Coordinator

Schedule of Hours:  Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Position Remote Eligible: NO

Mandated Reporter: NO      

 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), is the only agency in San Mateo County providing crisis intervention and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and their children, seeks a Rapid Rehousing Family Advocate (“Family Advocate”) to provide assistance to families for short-term housing needs.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Family Advocate provides short-term interventions focused on housing assessment, placement, and housing stability. Family Advocacy duties include budgeting, life skills counseling, and advocacy. The Family Advocate also connects clients to CORA’s supportive services, such as mental health and legal services and engages the community, including landlords, housing authority and nonprofit partners.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Housing Counseling

  • Work with clients to develop individualized housing plans.
  • Adhere to strict boundaries and professional ethics in the care of others.
  • Assist clients with housing applications, provide input for Housing Development Specialist regarding client housing needs, and advocate for clients with prospective landlords.

Client Services

  • Assess clients for housing needs.
  • Continually monitor and evaluate each client’s progress through their individualized housing plan, and develop revisions to the plan as needed.
  • Resolve or mitigate tenant screening barriers.
  • Help connect client to services and supports that assist with housing retention.
  • Conduct crisis intervention as needed.
  • Advocate for clients across other systems such as CPS, housing, public benefits.
  • Provide education individually or as part of a team to groups on budgeting, employment, and life skills.
  • Ensure effective service delivery by coordinating work with other CORA Family Advocates.

 

OTHER DUTIES

  • Complete documentation and enter data into client database in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Enter client related information into agency database, including case notes and complete HMIS entries.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Speak English and Spanish preferred.
  • BA degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in the provision of social services.
  • Experience providing goal-oriented case management/motivational interviewing.
  • Experience working with survivors of domestic violence preferred, including completion of 40-hour domestic violence training. Training will be provided for those hired who have not completed the training.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 

  • Valid California driver’s license, access to a car and insurance.
  • Background check, including fingerprinting clearance from DOJ; eligibility to work in the United States.

 

MANDATED REPORTER STATUS

This position is not subject to mandated reporting under California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).  Such a report, including sharing information with another employee who is a mandated reporter position without following "release of confidential information" policies is a breach of confidentiality is a violation of state and federal law and can result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

 

CORA History and Overview

CORA has provided services to survivors of intimate partner abuse for over 40 years. Our programs include Crisis Intervention Services, including a 24-hour hotline, collaboration with law enforcement, emergency shelter options, and supportive counseling. Family Support Services provides mental health therapy, supportive/transitional housing, and a children’s program. CORA has robust legal services for survivors of domestic violence and provides educational workshops about the dynamics of domestic violence and healthy relationship skills.

CORA is strengths-based, collaborative, accessible, and client-centered. CORA believes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect in their intimate relationships.  We provide safety, support and healing to individuals who experience abuse in an intimate relationship and educate the community to break the cycle of domestic violence. Regardless of a survivor’s race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or culture, we save lives and provide an opportunity to begin again.

CORA inspires work of the highest caliber by fostering staff engagement through transparency and inclusion in agency decisions wherever possible. We strive to ensure our policies and communications reflect an appreciation of the impact of social inequities, historical and current, and actively promote healthy relationships amongst staff by demonstrating mutual respect in all our communications.

CORA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We seek diversity with respect to race, color, age, sex, (including breastfeeding and medical conditions related to breastfeeding), religion (including religious dress or grooming practices), national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic characteristics and information, ancestry, marital status, family status, political belief, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression), medical condition, military, or veteran status or any other category or status protected by Federal, State or other applicable laws.

 

All applicants are welcome. Individuals who are bilingual, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and/or survivors of domestic violence are strongly encouraged to apply.  The position will remain open until filled. 

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  • Location
    San Mateo, California
  • Department
    Subsidized Housing
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level