HOUSING COACH: HOMEBRIDGE PROGRAM (full-time permanent 1.0 FTE)
Children's Cottage Society
Calgary, AB
7d ago

Competition # : HC - 05 / 01 / 2018

The Children's Cottage Society of Calgary provides crisis nursery, respite, shelter and community support programs for vulnerable children and their families.

To achieve our vision of Safe Children in Healthy Families , we are looking for a motivated self-starter to join our organization as a Housing Coach in our HomeBridge Program.

The majority of the work completed in the HomeBridge program will take place in community agencies. HomeBridge staff will liaise with staff from a wide variety of agencies who are likely to be connecting with families who are unstably housed.

The Housing coach will support their ability to assess each family’s situation and provide targeted support and resources to ensure stable housing.

The Housing Coach will also deliver support directly to families in identified agencies, providing them with personalized assistance that will address the immediate risk of homelessness along with connections to additional resources identified as being helpful in stabilizing their current situation.

The Housing Coach will at times be required to work evenings in order to meet the needs of our clients and community partners

Experience :

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working with families who have complex needs, preferably within the homeless sector
  • 3 years Case Management experience is required, preferably within the homeless sector
  • A strong understanding and passion for prevention and diversion work is an asset
  • Experience conducting family assessments, particularly in crisis situations is an asset
  • Experience working in a community setting
  • Experience using HMIS or a similar client data base
  • Proficient computer skills required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Proficient case note or charting skills
  • Responsibilities :

  • Receive community referrals for families who may be experiencing some housing instability.
  • Provide intake and assessment for financial supports as appropriate within program guidelines.
  • Conduct detailed assessments with referred families in order to ensure they are connected to all relevant supports that will allow them to maintain their housing.
  • Collaborate with community agencies to support the needs of families who may be at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Complete requests for Alberta Works emergency placement with families and assist them with the request process.
  • When prevention methods are not successful ensure supportive, efficient and safe transition into temporary housing and or hotel accommodation and provision of food and immediate basic needs for families.
  • Provide brief solution-focused outreach support for a variable caseload.
  • Assist the families to implement their immediate plan of action to reduce risk factors and help address their priority objectives.
  • Coordinate with Alberta Works designated staff to help ensure that the goals set by them for families are also addressed.

  • Maintain client files and HMIS data system entries in accordance with Accreditation and privacy standards and agency expectations.
  • Be fully informed on the services and resources offered within the larger community that may be helpful in stabilizing a family’s housing.
  • Work collaboratively with the programs of the Children’s Cottage and other key community service providers as indicated by each family’s unique situation and needs.
  • Refer families as needed and follow up on referrals to ensure that families are accessing support.
  • Qualifications :

  • Degree in social work, social science or human services (preferred), or diploma with additional 2 years related experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge of family-related community resources and services
  • Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with CPR level B
  • ASIST training
  • Valid driver’s license and use of own vehicle
  • Current Police Clearance and Child Intervention Record checks with satisfactory results
  • Application Deadline : Until successful candidate is recruited. We appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.

    Please send a cover letter and resume quoting competition # HC 05 / 01 / 2018 to Joelle Berard : jberard childrenscottage.ab.ca

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