Position: Colbert and Williams Housing Locator

 

Jobs at Access Living

Position: Colbert and Williams Program Housing Locator

Basic Function:

Access Living seeks full-time employees to serve as Housing Locators for the Colbert and Williams Programs. Each Housing Locator is responsible for implementing programs that achieve and advocate for consumers to obtain integrated housing options when they have a goal to deinstitutionalize from congregate care facilities.

Specific Duties:

  • To assist consumers to find and move into safe and habitable housing in neighborhoods that meet the desired amenities of the consumers
  • Locate housing, conduct pre-inspections of units for accessibility and consumer’s safety, and complete required documentation for funding requirements
  • Offer each consumer 3-5 safe and secure units that meet or can meet (with modification) the accessibility requirements
  • Provide or arrange for transportation for consumers and accompany consumers during viewings of offered units and orient her/him to unit’s neighborhood
  • Submit an application for housing subsidies
  • Support the consumer in getting an executed lease
  • Shop for or with the consumer for household goods for the new unit and first month’s food supply
  • Transport consumers and their personal belongings on the day of discharge
  • To promote integration and independent living philosophy for people with disabilities
  • To develop working and cordial relationships and conduct regular meetings with DHS, Contractor agencies, Comprehensive Class Member Transition Program Organizations, and other agencies
  • Work collaboratively with external multi- disciplinary teams of care coordinators, nursing facility staff, home modification staff, fiscal agencies and other organizations on behalf of Colbert and Williams class members
  • To learn the housing rights of people with disabilities
  • Develop partnerships with private owners and providers of subsidized, supportive, and affordable housing
  • To provide regular weekly updates and complete reports when necessary
  • To properly complete and maintain clients files, including entering data into internal and external online databases in timely fashion
  • To act as spokesperson for Access Living
  • To complete other duties as assigned

Education and Training:

BA/BS preferred. Experience in working with landlords, locating housing, other housing related experience preferred. Experience (personal or professional) working with people with disabilities desired. Analytical, problem solving, networking, and knowledge of skill-building techniques required. Strong written and communication skills so to connect with a wide range of individuals and organizations required. Access Living requires all employees to have up to date vaccination against COVID-19 unless approved for a medical or religious exemption.

Experience:

If hired, Housing Locators are provided six months of time in order to develop the required knowledge of accessible integrated housing providers within Cook County, and the system of housing subsidy programs. Firsthand knowledge of disability preferred.

Travel Demands:

Up to 70% of time is spent in the community working directly with consumers.

Working Environment:

Up to 70% time will be spent in the community. Office area is a shared workspace divided by cubicles. Access Living has a hybrid work environment. If not working in the field, currently, staff members are expected to work in the office two days per week. Access Living requires all staff to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. We will consider religious and medical accommodations on a case-by-case basis

Physical Demands:

Ability to lift up to 50lb. Ability to travel throughout Cook County. Driver’s license and reliable insured vehicle required.

Salary:

$42,000 – $47,000

How to Apply:

Cover letter is required. Send cover letter and resume to Dariusz Barwacz dbarwacz@accessliving.org

People with disabilities, members of other oppressed communities, and those with personal experience with disability are highly encouraged to apply.