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Working As A Housing Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $30,830

    Average Salary

What Does A Housing Specialist Do At Volunteers of America Los Angeles

* The HUD
* VASH Housing Specialist duties are summarized as:
* Will work in collaboration with clinical treatment teams and will facilitate positive working relationships with county, city, and state governmental agencies, community & VA providers, advocacy groups and the affordable housing community
* Will provide limited recovery-focused case management duties related to housing stabilization and will work as an inter-disciplinary team member
* Assist veterans with the housing search and process of moving in
* Transport veterans to view housing options
* Conduct community outreach and education to engage property owners about HUD
* VASH program
* Assist with PHA and landlord paperwork(lease)
* Provides referrals and crisis intervention as needed
* Counsels veterans applicants on fair housing and lease agreements and housing eligibility.
* Assist veterans and landlords as the leasing process proceeds
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Housing Specialist Do At Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority

* Reviewing tenant applications for housing assistance payments, determining eligibility based on income and family composition, and determining the reasonableness of rents.
* Computing housing assistance payments, family rental rates and coordinating the inspection of the proposed housing unit.
* Contacting landlords to determine contract rent, negotiating lease agreements, authorizing supplemental payments to landlords and performing quality control of HAP contracts.
* Conducting annual re-examinations of family eligibility and/or rental rates, re-negotiating lease agreements and supplemental payments.
* Processing lease renegotiations, participant transfers agreements and terminations.
* Oversees and coordinates the issuance of Housing Choice Vouchers to eligible participants.
* Meeting with landlords to resolve delinquent rent or physical property damage complaints and determining the basis for monetary reimbursement of tenant damages.
* Meeting with Realtors and property owners to promote the supplemental housing program and encourage increased landlord participation

What Does A Housing Specialist Do At Common Ground

* Ensure clients are prepared for the housing process by conducting mock interviews. groups, escorts to housing interviews, and ensuring that all necessary documents for housing applications have been secured
* Help prepare and review HRA 2010e and other appropriate housing applications
* Clearly communicate with case management staff regarding upcoming interviews, sent applications, and follow-up with housing providers, via progress notes, staff meetings and weekly supervision
* Track clients progress towards housing readiness
* Identify and maintain a wide array of housing options and resources, including building relationships with fair market landlords. and rented rooms when appropriate
* Ensure that clients are matched and placed in housing appropriate to their needs
* Escort to clients appointments as needed
* Performs other related duties as assigned

What Does A Housing Specialist Do At Volunteers of America-Greater New York

* Conduct housing eligibility assessments of all applicable clients.
* Develop linkages with real estate companies and office of public housing.
* Maintain and update listings of permanent affordable housing.
* Develop and facilitate client workshops and individual sessions on skills and information necessary to acquire and maintain independent permanent housing.
* Track placements and conduct follow up of clients placed into permanent housing.
* Train and supervise housing staff.
* Perform other related duties as required.
* EFFECT ON END RESULTS:
* Clients are properly assessed for appropriate housing options.
* New housing options are pursued and obtained.
* Lists of affordable housing are always available for eligible clients.
* Clients are well trained and receive the skills they need to qualify for permanent housing.
* Clients' progress is tracked and appropriate follow up is maintained.
* Housing staff receive information they need to properly service their clients

What Does A Housing Specialist Do At District 4 HRDC

* Assists in fulfilling the agency's obligations to Section 8 and related housing program.
* Includes but is not limited to keeping tenant records and serving walk in clients.
* Coordinate and facilitate home ownership education.
* Responsible for the operations of a Housing Counseling Program
* Assist clients regarding unit and landlord problems
* Determine eligibility and complete briefings for all new clients receiving assistance
* Perform on site home inspections to verify that units meet Housing quality Standards as set by HUD and submit written reports on conditions of units inspected.
* Inspect new units at start of lease and annually and new units when current clients decide to move
* Assists landlords regarding responsibilities and program requirements
* Assists clients in lease-up preparation and required paperwork to issue Vouchers and assist clients in finding rentals
* Maintains files and prepare for all annual inspections
* Liaison to the Montana Department of Commerce to insure integrity of the program
* Complete all family and income

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How To Become A Housing Specialist

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 

Training

Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.

Advancement

For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Top Skills for A Housing Specialist

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Top Housing Specialist Skills

  1. Rental Assistance Program
  2. Landlords
  3. HUD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Interviewed and assessed clients for Family Rental Assistance Program and Homelessness Intervention Program.
  • Work with landlords and housing agencies.
  • Maintain caseload of approximately 407 families for the Section 8 program through HUD.
  • Interviewed each participant to verify income, unreported income and eligibility while on the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
  • Provided customer service by phone and email, greeted customers that came to the housing office for various needs.

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