Housing Retention Specialist

Housing Retention Specialist

Position Title: Housing Retention Specialist

Duration: Full time, Remote

Compensation: $50,000-$55,000 per year depending on experience; generous and progressive benefits including medical and dental care 100% of premiums paid by Unite Oregon, paid wellness leave, vacation, flex time, and personal days off; technology reimbursement; 4 hours personal time off/week, $300 annual FSA contribution, 2.5% 401K contribution after 6 months.

About Unite Oregon:  Unite Oregon is a 501c3 grassroots community organization with four chapters, in Multnomah County, Washington County, Clackamas County, and Rogue Valley. We believe that all people can become leaders and agents of change in the areas of racial justice, immigrant and refugee rights, affordable housing, climate justice, and economic prosperity. Unite Oregon is building a unified intercultural movement for justice in our state.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: 

Unite Oregon is seeking a culturally-responsive Housing Retention Specialist to engage, assess and assist eligible community members with housing navigation, by partnering with to build skills and access resources and support systems necessary to maintain their housing. The Housing Retention Specialist will meet with community members to promote housing retention and provide referrals to supportive services, community integration, life skills, and improved health and wellness. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Work collaboratively with Unite Oregon’s direct service team to support community members and existing case management services as needed in order for community members to thrive;
  • Utilizing strength based case management techniques, assist community member in addressing basic needs, establishing trust and assisting them with understanding the services that are available to them;
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with other direct service providers, community partners, and local government agencies to work collaboratively in the best interests of our members
  • Facilitate the connection and enrollment of community members into eligible and applicable programs and resources;
  • Assist community members in navigating housing cases, such as landlord-tenant law violations, eviction notices, fair housing law violations, etc. 
  • Meet with community members on a regularly scheduled basis and document growth and strength in progress notes and in Caseworthy, Every Action and HMIS;
  • Assist client with their physical and mental health needs by providing support and linkage to appropriate services; and
  • Participate in internal and external client review meetings and provide input to community partners as appropriate
  • Identify trends in housing cases (such as frequently violating landlords or property managers, cities that do not enforce fair housing laws, etc) and communicate these trends when applicable to S2O Director & Statewide Housing Director 

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate will have

  • Trauma-informed and culturally specific approach to direct service delivery
  • Commitment to racial justice
  • Ability to work with a diverse, multicultural staff, membership, and partners of various backgrounds
  • Ability to be reliable, professional, work independently and with integrity
  • Experience with houselessness, BIPOC-Immigrant/Refugee communities, and the knowledge surrounding poverty and social factors involved;
  • Ability to understand the needs of BIPOC-Immigrant/Refugee communities and to develop collaborative goals towards greater self-sufficiency and independence in the greater community;
  • Respond to situations and all persons in a calm, supportive manner;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills; and working knowledge of Google Suite, online meeting platforms, and Asana computer literacy and/or willingness to learn other applications
  • Knowledge of Caseworthy, HMIS and EveryAction preferred
  • Written & Verbal fluency in a second language (Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Somali, or other languages) preferred

All interested candidates, please send a resume and cover letter to Unite Oregon’s administrative team: [email protected]

This position is open until filled.

Unite Oregon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and equal access in a non-discriminatory manner to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.