COSTI REQUIRES HOUSING COUNSELLORS FOR ITS
COSTI is a multicultural organization providing social services, settlement,
employment, and language training services. For more information about COSTI,
please visit our website at www.costi.org.
This is a non-Union contract position scheduled to work 35 hours per week**
- Conducts market rent housing searches in Greater Toronto and surrounding areas for refugee claimants.
- Coordinates with Client Support Services- Case Workers to provide one-on-one practical support to secure permanent housing for refugee claimants.
- Provide information, make appropriate referrals, advocate to assist refugees secure affordable housing within a timeframe.
- Identifies, intervenes and effectively deals with crisis and conflict situations as they arise.
- Escorts clients to housing appointments and advocates on their behalf as needed.
- Provides support to clients in negotiating and finalizing housing leases.
- Recruits housing providers and maintains a housing data bank/registry of housing providers.
- Conducts housing orientation sessions to ensure that client understands rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.
- Liaises and consults with other professionals and organizations as needed.
- Mentors volunteers to assist with housing search and escorting of clients.
- Works productively with Client Support Services team to ensure clients housing needs are addressed. This includes attending and participating in bi-weekly mandatory team meeting.
- Social Service Worker Diploma or equivalent with relevant practicum experience.
- Minimum of one (1) year experience working within the Housing Help Sector.
- Previous experience working with working with refugees, survivors of torture, persecution, war or abuse.
- Previous case management experience.
- Knowledge of specific issues facing resettled refugees in general and the Resettlement Assistance Program more specifically.
- Knowledge of settlement and housing related services and resources, with an emphasis on the services and resources that exist within the GTA and surrounding areas.
- Knowledge and ability to integrate anti-oppression, critical disability, LGBTQI2S and trans-positivity approach in support of strengths-based principles and practices.
- Knowledge of Internet, Email and Windows software e.g. Microsoft Office Suite.
- Demonstrated experience in data-entry, documentation and reporting.
- Excellent communication, organization and coordination skills.
- Must be able to travel within the GTA to multiple locations using public transportation. Access to a vehicle is considered an asset.
**Hours of work shall be scheduled in accordance with Article 12.01and shall consist of five (5) seven (7) hour days, Monday to Friday.