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Mobile Crisis Team - Various posiitons
Community Access, Inc.
Community Access, Inc. (CA), founded in 1974, is a progressive not-for-profit organization that expands opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services. We are built upon the simple truth that people are experts in their own lives. Our programs are spread across 20 locations and include over 1200 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center, the Art Collective, ThriveAtWork, Blueprint Supported Education, East Village Access—a PROS program, and a peer-driven Crisis Respite Center.
We are currently seeking qualified candidates in our newly created Mobile Crisis team
located in our Third Avenue, Bronx location.
Positions are full-time, with a salary of 50-55K, plus excellent benefits.
Home Access is new, team-based, customer-focused, approach to assisting people living in homeless shelters move into their own home.
The Home Access team works as a unified to group to form trusting relationships with people in need of permanent housing, and develop practical step-by-step plans to find the right housing situation and supports that fits each individual. The team huddles each morning to share updates and create an action workplan for that day’s activities, which could include conducting meetings, groups or presentations, assisting someone complete a housing application, connecting with landlords and accompanying individuals to interviews or to see potential apartments.
Home Access team members also assist individuals with any other issues that might be barriers to independent living, such as developing medical and social supports that would help someone stabilize chronic health conditions. People experiencing homelessness can also face a myriad of financial, legal, and emotional challenges that need to be addressed before, during and after an individual has made the move from shelter living to apartment living. Home Access provides a consistent bridge to make this transition possible.
Home Access team members need to be able to easily meet and connect with people and develop a working relationship built on trust, respect, and honesty. These qualities are needed to work with people in need of housing as well as fellow team members, who rely on each other to resolve complex, and at times, seemingly intracable problems.
We encourage people to apply who have experienced homelessness themselves and can appreciate the many challenges faced by people in a similar situation.
Home Access team members will be fully trained to use evidence-based techniques to successfully engage with people who have experienced significant trauma in their lives. We believe thorough preparation and support for our team members is essential.
Have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; Commitment to person-centered treatment strategies, upholding participants’ rights, and self-determination in service provision; Extremely comfortable meeting new people; Ability to absorb new ideas and place them into practice; Creative and flexible when original plans or strategies are not working; Preference for action-oriented field work, not tied to a desk and office; Good with paperwork and writing clear brief notes documenting your work; "Lived experience" being homeless, hospitalized, or in jail.
Posted on 09/18/17; CVMHA ID #11401