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Outreach Advocate

By Paul Brooks,2014-12-13 08:57
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Outreach Advocate

    Outreach Advocate

    Housing Transitions Program

    0.85 FTE (34 Hours/Week)

    Reports to: Housing Transitions Program Manager

    Catholic Charities is a nonprofit social services organization dedicated to providing social services and assistance to meet clients’ physical, social, spiritual and psychological needs while helping to develop opportunities for self help. The goal of the Housing Transitions Program is to permanently house homeless women living on Portland’s streets, and to provide the housing retention and support services needed to help them remain housed. Note: All street outreach activities are conducted in pairs.

    Overall: Provide outreach, engagement and housing services to homeless, single women.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

    ; Conduct outreach to homeless women on the streets, in camps, at emergency

    shelters and at social service agencies where homeless women congregate.*

    ; Assist homeless women in securing and moving in to permanent housing. Assist

    with furniture procurement and move.

    ; Provide case management and housing retention services to housing clients.

    ; Provide information, referrals and advocacy for Housing Transitions clients.

    ; Maintain accurate and up to date case records.

    ; Responsible for planning, placement, case management and service match

    monitoring and reporting for Shelter Plus Care participants served in the Street to

    Home program. (8 hours weekly)

    ; Identify, place and case manage women housed through the Key Not A Card

    program. Provide monthly expense reporting. Maintain and report housing

    retention records.

    ; Participate in program day services and intakes.

    ; Assist in organizing and participating in recreation and community building

    activities.

    ; Provide friendly visits to newly housed women*

    ; Participate in program planning and development consistent with the Housing

    First model.

    ; Attend weekly staff meetings and supervision meetings with Program Manager.

    ; Attend Catholic Charities all staff trainings as required.

    ; Support the overall mission of Catholic Charities

Qualifications

    ; Bachelor’s degree, any field, or commensurate experience.

    ; Committed to providing low barrier housing and support services to homeless

    individuals.

    ; Understanding of the issues and challenges of homeless women.

    ; Experienced in crisis intervention and de-escalation.

    ; Minimum two years experience in case management and advocacy.

    ; Knowledge of local resources; experience providing information and referrals.

    ; Physical ability and stamina for 1-2 hours of walking, hiking to homeless camps.

    Ability to assist in moving furniture and household items.

    ; Ability to work well in a close team setting.

    ; Willingness to learn and utilize Motivational Interviewing skills.

    ; Must have a valid drivers license, access to a vehicle, and automobile insurance

    coverage at required levels (100/300/100).

    Salary: $23,800-27,200 annual (for 34 hours/week), with full benefit package.

     thTo apply, complete Catholic Charities application form and mail to 231 SE 12 Avenue,

    Portland OR 97214.

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