Housing Specialist - NAZ
Accepting Applications Until 8/23/2019
Who We Are
Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. When joining PPL, you become a part of a diverse team whose goal is to assist our residents and communities with the groundwork they need, not only to survive, but also to thrive. We are eager to welcome others to our team who are dedicated to serving our residents and pursuing our mission to build the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services.
The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis. NAZ and partner organizations walk side-by-side with low-income families as they put their children on a path to college. NAZ has a game-changing approach that is closing the achievement gap with their wrap around framework that effectively supports low-income children of color so that they will graduate from high school prepared for college.
The Housing Specialist-NAZ Partnership will work with NAZ families to set and achieve housing goals so that families have increased economic and housing stability, and their children can succeed academically. This role will provide housing search and placement, landlord recruitment, rehousing, and tenancy-sustaining services to help NAZ families find and keep housing in the North Minneapolis community. The Housing Specialist-NAZ Partnership will collaborate closely with NAZ staff and partners.
Additional responsibilities include:
- Develop trusting relationships with NAZ families and provide “high touch” support and resources by integrating empowerment principles, training and strategies into their work with families.
- Act as link between families, other NAZ staff, and partners to ensure effective collaboration and monitor progress towards goals. Collaborate positively and effectively with NAZ Family Achievement Coaches, who refer families to the Specialist. Keep Coaches informed about family achievements and work with them to track progress toward family goals.
- Develop individualized housing goal plans with families on caseload. Assist families with identifying their housing preferences and needs, and helping them resolve barriers to improve access to resources such as Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, private landlords, rental assistance, emergency funds, security deposits, moving costs, furnishings, homeownership, etc.
- Assist families with identifying their housing preferences and needs, and helping them resolve barriers to improve access to resources such as Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, private landlords, rental assistance, emergency funds, security deposits, moving costs, furnishings, homeownership, etc.
- Provide tenancy-sustaining services to include understanding the lease, communicating with landlord, managing neighbor conflict, paying rent on time, and addressing other behaviors that may jeopardize housing.
- Locate new landlords; build positive relationships with landlords and property managers.
- Work with team to plan and facilitate tenant education housing workshops and engagement with the larger community.
- Develop household budget and assist in connecting families to financial services and working in partnership with PPL Financial Coaches.
- Cross train with Employment Specialist to complete intakes and provide coordinated services to families.
- Coordinate rental assistance program. Assess program eligibility for families by completing required housing intake paperwork and partner with Compliance Team.
- Maintain timely and accurate case notes and program activities for all case files including paper files and online databases; Apricot, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and NAZ Connect.
- Help participants navigate transportation needs, including access to bus or gas cards and driving residents to appointments in personal or PPL vehicle.
- Attend staff and partner meetings as identified.
- A devotion and ability to build close relationships with families, and the ability to motivate them through positive interviewing, feedback and reinforcement
- Knowledge of Twin Cities’ housing affordable housing programs preferred.
- Knowledge of north Minneapolis and the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with NAZ families
- Possess strong time management and documentation skills as well as written and verbal communication skills.
- Self-starter and ability to work independently as well as work collaboratively.
- Strong knowledge of community programs and resources, and the post-secondary education system.
- Experience in partnering with economically disadvantaged populations.
- Strong commitment to expectation that children growing up in north Minneapolis can succeed in academics and college.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and boundaries in all interactions with residents, staff, volunteers, and the public.
- Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Minimum Technology Qualifications
- Demonstrated proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Access and Outlook.
- Ability to use office equipment including telephone and voicemail system, copier, printer, fax machine and scanner.
- Ability to learn, access and navigate multiple online databases and participant tracking systems.
- Ability to navigate the internet and electronic timecard system
- Ability to navigate computer networks (files, drives, and folders)
Education & Experience
- BA/BS degree in Human Services, Sociology, Social Work, or related field.
- 2 years of experience coordinating community services for families; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience working with housing in low-income communities strongly preferred.
Benefits: Benefits will include Health & Dental; Employer Paid Short & Long Term Disability Insurance, Employer Paid Life Insurance; Voluntary Life Insurance; Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA); PTO & Paid Holidays; Summer Hours (shortened work hours on Fridays); 403(b) Retirement Plan with Employer Match.
Salary: $19.23-$21.15/hr., DOQ
PPL is an EEO/AA employer. PPL participates in the federal E-verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the organization will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.