Position : Housing Support Worker (Modified)
Closing Date : Open Until Filled
Type : Temporary Part-time to Full-time
(20 to 40 hrs week)
Location : Surrey
Nature of Work : 2200-0800
Posting #1 : 1560-102020
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (EFry) is a charitable organization that supports women, girls and children at risk, involved in or affected by the justice system. Our programs work to break the cycle of poverty, addiction, mental illness, homelessness and crime.
Located in Surrey, as a response to increased demand due to COVID-19, homeless women, and those with children live in two hotels. Double staffing is provided around the clock to provide women with assistance and support to make plans to address their immediate needs and housing plans. Staff provide women with service navigation and community linkages to address their identified needs.
The Housing Support Worker is responsible for direct and indirect work of planning with individuals to successfully find and keep housing.
- Intake duties for clients and assists in identifying what is important for them to keep them safe and healthy
- Supports client to do housing search and find housing that fits with their needs and challenges
- Assists clients in arrangements for moving and acquiring of household items required in establishing a home.
- Recognizes and responds to client’s needs in a respectful manner
- Uploads necessary information required to the current database.
- Recognizes potential crisis situations, analyzes such situations accurately, develops strategies to deal with such situations, and informs the supervisor when such incidents arise
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- A 2 year Diploma in related field plus over two years’ experience in a similar environment or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Addictions and mental health experience is a plus.
- Knowledge and understanding of women with complex needs and the government services they interact with.
- Must have knowledge of homelessness, women's mental health issues, substance use and addiction issues, community resources and issues related to
SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Excellent interpersonal behaviour and good English communication skills both written and verbal
- Strong organizational, advocacy and time management skills
- Knowledge of theory, principles and practices of Housing First Approach, trauma-informed care and harm reduction strategies
- Participant interviewing skills, electronic reporting and assessment skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word and
JOB REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS
- Standard First Aid with CPR-C (training may be provided)
- Doctor’s note of medical fitness required
- Local Police search and Provincial Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Clearance required
- Valid Class 5 BC driver’s license required and access to a vehicle
- Satisfactory driver’s abstract
Efry actively promotes a program of equity and equal opportunity to ensure equal access to employment opportunity for all persons.