Job Posting 85922

Housing Outreach Worker
Burnside Gorge Community Association
Vancouver Island & Coastal areas
471 Cecelia Road
closed 5 days ago (Fri, 12 Aug)
full time  •  24

JOB SUMMARY
The Housing Outreach Worker will work with homeless families or those facing homelessness to assist with finding or maintaining housing, ensuring the family’s well- being, and to promote family development.


QUALIFICATIONS
• Post-secondary degree in a related discipline (preferably CYC or BSW)
• Strong knowledge & understanding of the BC Residential Tenancy Act
• Knowledge of BC Government Employment and Assistance Act
• Thorough understanding of child protection legislation (section 13 and 14 of the CFSA)/Duty to Report
• Outreach and crisis intervention experience
• Skills, training, and ability to deal with a wide range of people who are deemed to be ‘at-risk’, specifically parents with children in their care
• Understanding of community-based capacity building approach
• Knowledge and understanding of issues impacting families
• Strong communication skills both verbal and written
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated ability and skills in community development
• Ability to work collaboratively and effectively within systems like the BGCA Integrated Family Service Team, BC Housing, and other community partners
• Strong knowledge and understanding of local resources for families
• Good writing, file management, and computer skills
• Knowledge and ability to work with a database
• Valid Class 5 driver’s license and reliable vehicle
• First Aid certification


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Work with Families:
• Work with families who are homeless, staying in motels or in transitional situations to obtain temporary or permanent housing
• With the family, collaboratively assess what supports are needed and assist them to access these supports, either directly or through existing community services
• Provide information that will allow families to make better-informed decisions for themselves and their children
• Recognize and assess crisis situations, then develop appropriate coping strategies with families
• Ability to respond appropriately to child protection concerns
• Ensure appropriate follow up of services
• Ensure fair and equitable access to resources and supports to which the families are entitled
• Advocate for families where appropriate
• Assist families placed in shelter units to access suitable, long-term housing and community services that meet their needs.
• Ensure housing maintenance of family shelter suites (Evergreen Terrace) as necessary

Work with Service Agencies
• Keep an updated, comprehensive list of services available and liaise with agencies that offer such services
• Provide information about possible housing options in the community including market and non-profit housing
• Liaise with supportive landlords and motel owners/managers
• Liaise and maintain good communication with community partners and the community at large

Work with the Integrated Family Services Team:
• Attend and/or facilitate regular debriefing sessions with program manager and co-worker
• Review client progress
• Train and work with volunteers or students
• Make recommendations with regard to the development and maintenance of the program and participate in program evaluations

Administration:
• Ability to effectively maintain client files, reports, and data base information needed for follow up and research purposes
• Strong organizational and time management skills

General:
• Other duties as assigned

 

HOURS OF WORK & COMPENSATION
40 hours/week, primarily Monday through Friday. Some evening and weekend work may be required on occasion. $24.00/hr. BGCA offers a competitive extended health benefits package after a successful three-month probation period.

 

REPORTS TO:
Integrated Family Services Team Leader

 

TO APPLY (Please submit a resume with cover letter to)
Burnside Gorge Community Association
Attn: Sumaya Shaban
Email:
Mailing address: 471 Cecelia Road, Victoria, BC V8T 4T4

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