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Mobile Homeless Outreach Worker

The Guidance Center of Westchester

Description

PROGRAM: Housing Services – STEHP (Solutions to End Homelessness
Program)

HOURS: 9:00am – 5:00 Monday- Friday, 35 hours per week

JOB DESCRIPTION:
• Responsible for conducting outreach activities as part of a comprehensive professional program designed to provide treatment and rehabilitation services for individuals with problems of substance use and co-occurring disorders; and liaison with other County, local and community agencies for referral purposes.
• Responsible for identifying unsheltered homeless individuals by coordinating with WCDCMH’s 6-person homeless outreach team targeting the mentally ill and substance users.
• Conduct face to face interviews with homeless people on the streets and in emergency shelters to document their eligibility for and willingness to participate in the TGCW STEHP Outreach program.
• Be able to assess participants using a standardized tool, rapidly emerging as a national best practice, called the Vulnerability Index -­Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-­SPDAT).
• Responsible for engaging and building trusting relationships with individuals affected by homelessness, substance use and mental health disorders and other risks.
• Responsible for encouraging homeless individuals to seek help from local support services and will advise them how to minimize risks to their health.
• Identify individuals at various community-based settings, including shelters and soup kitchens and will conduct program screening and assessment, and properly complete all paperwork needed to enroll in community services
• Be able to embrace a harm reduction-based approach when engaging individuals.
• Provide homeless persons with transportation to shelter or other services.
• To assess participants’ needs and provide referrals, linkages and wrap around services as needed to substance use treatment, entitlement benefits, housing, and appropriate community resources. Conduct appropriate follow-up as needed.
• Function as a team member through attendance of weekly staff meetings
• Participate in DCMH’s CoC’s VI-­SPDAT bi-weekly Housing Team meetings.
• Maintain confidential information within guidelines established by HIPPA and TGCW’s Confidentiality Policy.
• Maintain complete records, daily activity logs, mileage logs, and other reports as directed.
• Participate in professional development activities such as trainings webinars, and continuing education services.
• Complete all other assignments.

Please include cover letter with resume.

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 2 years strongly related experience.
• CASAC preferred.
• Must have a valid NYS driver’s license and driving record that meets the organization and their respective insurance company’s driving requirements at all times.
• Knowledge of HMIS and Westchester County housing regulations for individuals who are homeless and who have mental health and substance use histories.

Salary

commensurate with education and experience

Contact

Allison Watson
Fax: 914-237-7256
Email: awatson@theguidancecenter.org

Please include cover letter with resume.

Posted on 09/26/17; CVMHA ID #11430