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Mobile Assessor

Philadelphia, PA, USA Req #189
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

THE MISSION OF PROJECT HOME

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.

Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.

Project HOME is committed to social and political advocacy. An integral part of our work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies.

Project HOME is committed to nurturing a spirit of community among persons from all walks of life, all of whom have a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society.

 

THE VALUES OF PROJECT HOME

The work of Project HOME is rooted in our strong spiritual conviction of the dignity of each person.

We believe that all persons are entitled to decent, affordable housing and access to quality education, employment, and health care.

We believe in the transformational power of building relationships and community as the ultimate answer to the degradation of homelessness and poverty.

We believe that working to end homelessness and poverty enhances the quality of life for everyone in our community.

We believe that the critical resources entrusted to us to achieve our mission must be managed honorably and professionally.
 

Job Summary: The Mobile Assessor position ensures coordination between multiple agencies to provide increased access, assessment and referrals to Philadelphia’s coordinated entry system known as CEA-BHRS. The Mobile Assessor will connect vulnerable individuals and *households with severe needs to homeless assistance services, social [A1]  services, mainstream benefits and housing. The incumbent will work with street outreach teams, Office of Supportive Housing and Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services to identify people in need of the CEA-BHRS housing assessments with the larger goal of connecting people to appropriate housing.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with street outreach teams to identify individuals and households with whom to complete the CEA-BHRS housing assessments prioritizing the By Name List (BNL).
  • Conduct coordinated street outreach twice a week with a focus on engagement and relationship building to target populations (focus list/BNL) in identified hot spots and zones.
  • Respond to requests to conduct assessments from Office of Homeless Services, Dept. of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, street outreach teams, or other designated parties and create a schedule to complete assessments.
  • Complete CEA-BHRS prevention/diversion and/or housing assessments including the VISPDAT with households on the street, in shelters not funded by OHS or DBHIDS, or in locations where households experiencing homelessness gather (i.e. libraries, meal programs, engagement centers, etc.).
  • Assist households with gathering necessary documentation for housing applications, which may include verifications of income, disability, and history of homelessness.
  • Provide information, guidance, advocacy and support to identified households through the housing assessment and match processes and create a plan outlining next steps and barriers that may impact progress.
  • Assist individuals and identified household with assistance in scheduling interviews, completing required paperwork or completing referrals to services to address possible barriers such as substance use and or mental health disabilities.
  • Enter demographic and assessment data into HMIS; and other agency required databases.
  • Participate in required training, including trainings related to HMIS, assessments, and other designated trainings;
  • Participate in required meetings to maximize collaboration and coordination with partner agencies.
  • Engage with other members of the CEA-BHRS system, including Office of Homeless Services, DBH, and external partners, to assist with evaluation, feedback, and follow up requests.
  • Provide client-level data to the lead agency  for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), through direct entry into the HMIS system.
  • Demonstrate a person-centered, trauma informed approach in working with households by respecting their self-determination and autonomy.
  • Strongly adhere to Trauma Informed Care and Assertive Engagement principles treating everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Respond to requests to conduct assessments from Office of Homeless Services, Dept. of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, street outreach teams, or other designated parties and create a schedule to complete assessments.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • 2-3 years’ experience working with individuals with behavioral health disabilities and the ability to gain knowledge of Philadelphia homeless and housing systems.
  • HS diploma or Equivalent.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to resolve crisis situations appropriately.
  • Excellent listening skills, communication, collaboration, and teamwork.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-2 year experience as a Case Manager or Resource Coordinator and knowledge of homeless/behavioral health resources.
  • Associate, or a Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university.

 

 

Project HOME is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a drug screen and background checks.

 

Project HOME reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as needed. This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive statement of the duties and responsibilities of the job nor does it constitute a written or implied contract.

 

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, youth, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.  Join us!  Project HOME has a long-standing commitment to equal employment opportunity for all staff and applicants for employment.  Employment decisions including, but not limited to, hiring selection, performance evaluation, administration of benefits, working conditions, associate programs, transfers, position changes, training, disciplinary action, compensation, and separations are made without regard to race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, domestic partnership status, ancestry, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, civil union status, family status, age, mental or physical disability (including AIDS or HIV-related status), atypical heredity cellular or blood trait of an individual, genetic information or refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

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  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA