SLCS is currently seeking a full-time Housing Finder for the Housing Identification Program. The Housing Identification Program (HIP) is seen as part of the continuum of services offered by Project Home and will serve individuals and families who are experiencing, or at-risk of homelessness, and who are enrolled in the community’s Rent Stability and Rapid Rehousing Programs at SLCS and with other community partners. As a member of this interdisciplinary team, you will work closely with other team members to support youth, adults and families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to find and maintain safe, appropriate and permanent housing.
As a Housing Finder, you will build and maintain a landlord portfolio and housing stock; you will identify housing leads, develop relationships with landlords, tap into the hidden housing market, and develop promotional materials and presentations to help educate and entice landlords and property managers to participate in helping to solve homelessness in our community. In collaboration with the rest of the team, you will be responsible for unit inspections at move-in/out, assessing cleaning and repairs required in all units and use your advocacy skills in meetings between participants and landlords. This role also requires preparing and maintaining statistical data, compiled on an on-going basis to assist in identifying trends and developing strategies to navigate them. You will work with individuals from diverse populations using a trauma informed approach. You will contribute to the creation and ongoing development of this this exciting new program.
You will be responsible for the safety and security of the individuals, co-workers and community during your employment. You will work collaboratively with other team members and community partners to complete administrative functions for the program. This position is split between office and community, and you will be expected to regularly travel within the London community.
- University Degree or 2 – 3 year College Diploma from an accredited institution or relevant work experience (eg. social services, real estate, property management, sales, marketing)
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience working with diverse populations, including those impacted by mental illness/addictions, systemic injustice, poverty, and homelessness
- Excellent knowledge of the Residential Tenancy Act, housing first and harm reduction philosophy and the local housing market
- First Aid /CPR with AED – Level C
- Valid G Class Driver’s License and access to reliable vehicle
- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (Preferred)
- Experience using HIFIS 4.0 considered an asset
- Candidates who are proficient in both official languages of Canada will be considered an asset
In accordance with SLCS’ policy on Police Background Checks, this position requires that the individual provide, at their own cost, a clear Police Check which includes vulnerable sector screening as a condition of employment.
SLCS adheres to the French Language Services Act. SLCS is also committed to promoting equity and diversity in our employment practices. As well, we are an equal opportunity employer which is committed to an inclusive and barrier free workplace, in support of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should an applicant require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, please inform the recruitment contact and we will work with the applicant to meet the accommodation needs.