Job Posting 92605

Housing Outreach Worker
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, 302 Columbia Street, Vancouver, BC
closes in 16 days (Sun, 9 Apr)
full time  •  $24.23

Job Summary

The Housing Outreach Worker is responsible to provide case management services.  Working with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and who live in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, she will support them in establishing and maintaining appropriate safe housing. She will provide service referrals, advocacy, and accompaniment to women to connect them to appropriate housing as well as other agencies, housing providers, and support services within and outside of the DTES


Reporting to the Housing Program Manager, the Housing Outreach Worker will work in collaboration with other DEWC staff to promote integrated services to women.  She will work from a feminist perspective and within an anti-oppression framework.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide case management services to increase the continuum of and access to housing, care, and other support services
  • Assist women through the referral process to internal and external services such as housing counseling, legal aid, income assistance, health services, education, etc. ensuring a successful transfer of service
  • Provide information, referral, and advocacy to women in such areas as income assistance, housing, health services, drug & alcohol treatment and recovery, counseling, and education
  • Provide crisis response and intervention as well as emotional support as necessary.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with housing providers, to assist women in accessing and maintaining housing
  • Administer the Rental Supplement program within the parameters established
  • Consult and liaise with community service agencies to maintain up-to-date information on available resources
  • Develop and facilitate informational workshops and programs related to housing issues
  • Act as an ambassador for DEWC by representing and modeling DEWC mission and values
  • Work collaboratively with other DEWC programs and services providing support and coverage needed, including the Drop In and/or Shelter
  • Other related duties not specified may be assigned from time to time

 Required Qualifications

  • Two (2) years of recent related experience working with marginalized women
  • Experience including providing outreach, accompaniment, and advocacy
  • Must have a strong working knowledge and analysis of the issues impacting women in the downtown east side, including gender-based violence, mental health, homelessness, and addictions
  • Must work from strong feminist analysis and within an anti-oppression framework
  • Must have a strong working knowledge of housing options for low-income communities including social, cooperative; and affordability housing societies
  • Excellent writing and research skills including the ability to research and complete housing applications, and supporting documents
  • Experience providing assisted referrals as well as familiarity with support services, agencies, and community resources in the Downtown Eastside
  • Skilled in program facilitation and development as well as working in partnerships with allied service providers
  • Understanding of and practicing a trauma-informed care response when working with women
  • Efficient organizational skills including record-keeping, scheduling, and problem-solving abilities
  • Demonstrated administrative skills, including report writing and IT aptitude
  • Strong conflict resolution skills and practice
  • Demonstrated crises intervention training and experience
  • Excellent communication skills are required, including the ability to work in a respectful and cooperative manner with co-workers, volunteers, and center members
  • Ability to work within a chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women
  • A First Aid certificate and NVCI are required
  • Candidate must undergo a criminal record check
  • Valid Driving license is an asset
  • Women with addiction issues need to be at least 2 years clean and sober
  • Hourly position that requires some work outside of normal business hours to undertake position responsibilities, meet deadlines, and ensure delivery of high-quality programs and services


Position reports to:   Housing Program Manager

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