Housing Specialist- CGP


Housing Specialist- CGP

Status: Union 1707/ Non- Exempt/ Full- Time
Reports to: Administrative Director
Date Posted: 15-Jan-2019
Job Type: Full Time



Under the direction of a Masters' level supervisor, the CGP housing specialist will work with the CGP supervisors and social work staff to assist in issues related to housing and evictions on behalf of our CGP clients; in accordance with the standards of the social work profession, agency policies, and requirements of the funding source:

• Identify housing resources for CGP clients and prepare, submit, and monitor applications for housing.

• The provision of in-home and in-office assessment of the adult client and his/her family, utilizing prescribed standardized assessment instruments; securing where appropriate the assistance of other social workers and/or other professionals.

• Contributing to the development and implementation of a written case plan in conjunction with the assigned JASA CGP worker for the provision of a range of social services and interventions for the adult client(s) and family as it pertains to housing court matters (evictions, related advocacy) and the investigatory requirements in order to secure affordable and suitable housing in the event that the client(s) are required to seek alternative housing.

• Emergency intervention to locate and secure housing for Community Guardian clients at risk of eviction, this may include advocacy regarding the eviction.

• Working closely with the assigned JASA worker to implement an agreed upon service plan.

• Individual and family counseling and guidance in the resolution of problems of the clients(s) and family as it relates to housing issues, when necessary,

• The provision of specific information about housing court matters, suitable housing alternatives, information about entitlements and benefits that may be available.

• Screening of client eligibility (in conjunction with the assigned Community Guardian Social Worker) and application for such benefits and entitlements as needed.

• The arrangement for direct provision of services such as legal aid, psychiatric evaluation, housing assistance, court advocacy relating to housing court matters.

• Referral to, and maintenance of cooperative relationships with other community agencies, to meet the needs of the clients.

• The investigation and application for entitlements, housing resources, benefits, and sources of financial assistance (for adult(s) when it pertains to an impending housing court action, as well as general research and investigation of housing resources in the community that may be utilized on an as-needed basis.

• Seeking appropriate guidance from the assistant director or program director in situations requiring clarification and consultation.

• Assisting with relocation of a client to new housing, this may include securing movers and storage, arranging utility installation, overseeing delivery of furniture and other items, and other tasks as assigned.

• Extended hours: Should the worker be called upon to respond to a crisis outside of normal business hours, including holidays, and to either spend time on the telephone, computer linkage, or assist the client in person, subject to supervisory approval, JASA will provide door to door transportation, meal allowances, and the worker will receive compensatory time for the time spent in travel and rendering services.

• When there is a court ordered eviction, in the event the assigned JASA Community Guardian is unavailable to be present for the eviction, the "Specialist" will be present to accompany the client(s) to a safe and appropriate setting (i.e., including but not confined to city shelters, family member(s) home, other suitable housing).

• Emergency Schedules - In certain crisis situations, such as "cold weather days" requiring visitation of clients lacking heat, or scheduled appointments for emergency medical or psychiatric examinations, or implementation of court-ordered protective actions, the worker may be instructed to report to work during times other than the normally scheduled work week, including evenings, week-ends and holidays. JASA will provide door to door transportation, meals allowances, and the worker will receive compensatory time for the time spent in travel and rendering services.


• Represents and interprets the agency at community conferences and meetings
• Participates in training and unit meetings.
• Completes required case records, documentation and forms within mandated time frames, utilizing computers, if so required.
• Handles special assignments and duties as assigned.


• Graduate of an Accredited College or University with a B.S.W. or other BA-level degree or equivalent.
• Good writing/record keeping skills.
• Ability to read, write, speak understand English.
• Ability to travel to clients' home and city court houses using mass transit and to negotiate any steps and barriers to clients' residences.
• Knowledge of other languages may be helpful, especially Spanish/Russian/Yiddish/Patois.
• Understanding and appreciation of the roles of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference, and individual values as they relate to serving clients and families.

JASA is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment

To Apply

Email résumé and cover letter to: jobs@jasa.org. Indicate Housing Specialist- CGP - Manhattan in subject line.


Mail to: JASA
Human Resources Department
247 West 37 Street – Ninth Floor
New York, NY 10018

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