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Veterans Housing Case Manager, Blaine Center

Posted on January 9, 2024
OPEIU Local 8
Compass Housing Alliance
Full-time
26.36
 per hour
Seattle, WA
Health insurance, Paid time off, Paid holidays, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement benefits, Unlimited Orca Card
Applications accepted until position filled

ABOUT THE POSITION: The Veterans Housing Case Manager provides trauma-informed services to individual Veteran program participants in an emergency shelter program. They support participants who may have multiple barriers, to achieve secure, stable, and permanent housing. Services include assessment, documentation, information and referral, goal setting, direct advocacy, cooperative case planning, and coordination of services. The Case Manager assists and empowers participants to make necessary connections with the veteran community and providers to stabilize and improve the quality of their lives. This is a unionized position, represented by Local 8 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Compass Blaine Center is a 24-hour enhanced shelter with thirty-six beds for male-identifying veterans. Guests have access to onsite hygiene services, daily meals, phone & Wi-Fi use, small storage, and a dedicated Housing Case Manager to help guests with resources to eliminate barriers of instability and to move guests towards being stable and permanently housed.

LOCATION: Lower Queen Anne Neighborhood (Seattle, WA)

REPORTS TO: Case Manager Supervisor

FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt

SCHEDULE: Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm and Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm; with monthly staff meetings on the 1st Wednesday

SALARY: $26.36 per hour (Level 1)

FULL TIME BENEFITS INCLUDED: Unlimited Orca Transportation Pass, Medical/Prescription/Vision, Dental, $500 Health Flexible Spending Account 4 Weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) & 11 Paid Holidays, Retirement Plan, Employee Assistance Program.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time. The employee in this position must be able to read, write, and understand English.

Engagement & Assessment

o   Provide trauma-informed case management utilizing motivational interviewing and strength-based techniques to assigned participants.

o   Write clear, objective, and accurate case notes of significant interactions in client files, including stability plans, measurement scales, leases, and all other required forms and paperwork including logs, records, reports, and statistics, as requested. Perform documentation (following DAP protocol) and input data in the Clarity Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and other organizational data and case management systems.

o   Identify barriers and steps necessary to overcome obstacles to successful program participation (i.e., mental health, substance use disorder, chronic health conditions, frequent contact with law enforcement, etc.)

o   Provide hoarding and housekeeping support and interventions.

o   Assess participant histories and resource/support needs (e.g., food, health, transportation, etc.) and opportunities (e.g., family, friends).

o   Per program policy, screen individuals for program eligibility (this may include collaboration with referring agencies). Complete a needs assessment, services acknowledgment, and orientation to the program.

o   Assess eligibility for permanent housing resources, such as deposit/move-in financial assistance, rapid rehousing, affordable housing, and permanent supportive housing.

o   Develop a plan with the Program Manager to utilize program-based flexible client relocation and assistance funds in a way that emphasizes equitability not equality.

o   Identify need for interim or bridge housing, link as requested and available.

o   Establish goals and objectives, monitor achievements through regular meetings and case consultations with referral partners, as needed or required contractually.

o   Provide information, referrals, and direct advocacy as needed, utilizing both internal and external resources.

o   Link participants with services intended to address significant barriers to housing stability, such as mental health services, chemical dependency services, primary health services, legal services, employment and/or educational supports.

o   Build and maintain positive relationships with a network of veteran community providers and services to address and advocate for participant needs.

o   Work with program management on situation assessment and follow-up.

o   Work with supervisor to devise and implement corrective action plans for participants failing to meet goals.

o   May be required to assist management in running monthly, quarterly, and/or annual reports (e.g., HMIS).

o   Daily activities are varied, and the day may be interrupted by emergencies or other daily events.

o   Mediate conflicts provide de-escalation and crisis intervention. Model appropriate problem solving. Refer to appropriate services as needed.

o   Provide milieu management as well as support to the program and operations team in daily operations of the facility.

o   In coordination with Program Manager, develop and facilitate life skills training and other relevant workshops.

o   Develop and implement community programs supporting housing stability, wellness, and promote meaningful daily activities for residents, which could include groups, classes, workshops, and special events with the support of the Program Manager.

Housing Search & Placement

o   Develop relationships with landlords and property managers, to assist in breaking down barriers to create pathways to housing.

o   Utilize available landlord information and referral resources to identify and access private market housing that will accept housing subsidies or that provide below-market rents. Establish and develop additional private market landlord resources to supplement these other sources.

o   Help participants to tour neighborhoods and properties. Provide and discuss options as part of selection decision.

o   Assist participants with obtaining the resources necessary to apply for and move into housing, such as application fees, security deposit, first month rent, furnishings, etc.

o   Help participants to complete and submit required housing applications and other materials. Help participants prepare for housing interviews or other meetings.

o   Assist participants with move-in to new housing and with transitioning support to other veteran providers or other community resources.

o   Participate in follow-up support after the participant has been placed in housing to ensure stability and reduce the likelihood of that participant returning to homelessness.

 Veteran Services

o   In collaboration with the service team, develop and implement client-defined, goal-oriented housing stability plans. Assess the needs of referred individuals, utilizing VA and community resources to meet identified individual needs with the goal of stabilizing permanent housing in the shortest time possible.

o   Coordinate referrals from outreach efforts. Maintain a weekly housing list of all currently enrolled veterans and those presumed eligible.

o   Schedule initial intakes/screenings within 48-hours of referral.

o   Complete request for payment in a timely manner for rent arrears.

o   Maintain current information on community resources including veteran and non-veteran specific resources.

o   Attend meetings and represent Compass’ Veteran Services Program, as needed.

Leadership

o   Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the work. All employees are expected to make efforts in their work and in their conduct to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at every level.

o   Maintain a favorable working relationship with all other agency employees to foster and promote a cooperative and harmonious working climate.

o   Project a favorable image of the organization to promote its aims and objectives and foster and enhance public recognition and acceptance of all its areas of endeavor.

o   Perform all duties and responsibilities in a timely and effective manner in accordance with established agency policies to achieve the overall objectives of this position.

o   Work as a team in remaining current with available resources and sharing resources with other agency case managers.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Highly motivated self-starter and ability to coordinate multiple projects/tasks simultaneously in a high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to remain flexible to handle the crisis of the day.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a caseload, provide case management, crisis counseling, advocacy, and referral services to participants.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local resources and services for veterans who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in de-escalation, crisis intervention and stabilization skills.
  • Ability to follow agency policy and procedures to maintain safety and security within the facility.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions and crisis situations.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality, tactfulness, and respect for participants from diverse backgrounds and identities.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain accurate, detailed, and confidential notes and participant files specific to program requirements.
  • Working knowledge of the following evidence-based practices: harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and strengths-based case management.
  • Ability to enter data accurately. Create log entries and case notes. Prepare written reports and generate statistical reports.
  • Ability to set and maintain boundaries in a professional manner.
  • Promote a team environment that values, encourages, and supports differences.
  • Relate openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people, while valuing their differences.
  • Work independently and as part of a team, particularly to exercise sound decision making in the absence of supervision, with strong collaboration skills.
  • Model sound interpersonal boundaries and emotional intelligence.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to communicate effectively about technical problems and solutions.
  • Strong problem solving, time and project management skills are required to be successful in this role.
  • Aptitude for learning new technology skills with Microsoft products and other internet-based software.
  • Ability to learn new functions on office equipment and devices (printer, scanner, projector, mailing machine, copier).

Education & Experience

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a social/human service setting related to housing and homelessness, required.
  • Expierience working in a veteran’s services capacity, desired.
  • Experience and education that demonstrates competency in and awareness of equity, intersectionality and belonging is essential. As well as a familiarity with issues of housing insecurity, mental health, substance use, sexual assault and/or domestic violence, desired.
  • Experience working in an environment where language may be a barrier, desired.
  • Current WA State Food Handlers Permit, desired (If not current, will be sponsored within 1-month of hire).
  • Certain positions will require driving duties. Driving related qualifications include Valid WA driver’s license, proof of car insurance, and a driving record that meets Compass standards.
  • Work experience and education are both evaluated in determining the likelihood of success in this role.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

o   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.

o   The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger/ handle/feel/type, and reach with hands and arms. Requires the ability to occasionally push, pull, lift and/or carry supplies up to twenty pounds.

o   Work takes place in a social services environment where long periods of sitting, working on a computer, walking to various work areas, going up and down stairs, and standing are required.

o   Travel to program sites and meetings outside the office and around the county are necessary.

Mental efforts like attention to detail, interacting with others in-person and through email, using critical thinking skills to strategize, develop and implement business plans, create, and edit documents, listen, and participate verbally at meetings.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is normal. Compass programs are housed within a human services environment in the Greater Seattle area. Our diverse client/guest/resident community includes many single, formerly homeless adults who lack any family support system. Compounding the constraints of poverty, our community includes individuals who are physically and/or mentally disabled, persons living with AIDS, those who struggle with chemical dependencies, veterans, and vulnerable, elderly adults. Working at Compass will mean that you will be in close proximity to the people we serve.

Depending on the program, this position may be eligible for occasional or minimal remote work per manager approval.

Compass facilities are monitored with camera surveillance equipment for safety and security purposes. The cameras will generally be utilized only in public areas where there is not a reasonable expectation of privacy.

About the employer: Compass Housing Alliance

At Compass, our team is deeply driven by our mission, vision, and values and we seek to offer stability, growth, and community in all we do. Whether we work in direct service or in support of the mission in administration and operations, we’re all seeking to better our community. We’re looking to welcome people to our team that are passionate, skilled, and enjoy a little light-heartedness in their work environment. We have a ‘come as you are’ culture and welcome staff of diverse backgrounds and work styles. The work environment is not formal, so we’re pretty casual and comfortable-but professional-in how we dress.   

About your union: OPEIU Local 8

OPEIU Local 8 is a progressive, democratically run union working for social and economic justice since 1945. Local 8 represents more than 6,000 members all over Washington state working in many settings including offices, health and home care, housing, social services, the insurance industry, legal services and the public sector.

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