Mobile Homeless Outreach Specialist
Requisition Number:2020-HOU-001
Department:Housing and Homelessness Prevention
Employee Type:Regular
Hours Per Week:35

Job Responsibilities:
Responsible for identifying unsheltered homeless individuals in the Malden, Medford and Chelsea areas through direct street outreach activities and through community referrals from mental health, hospitals, local law enforcement and municipalities and other social service agencies. Work collaboratively with the Housing Resource Coordinator to conduct outreach in the community, focusing on those who are the most vulnerable. Outreach will occur in identified “hot spots” in the tri-neighborhoods at times when individuals are most likely to be found, including early morning and evenings. Assist the homeless with accessing resources and make referrals for additional support services, while continuing to engage with the unsheltered homeless until shelter or permanent housing is obtained. Maintain complete client records, daily activity logs, mileage logs, neighbor-related data tracking systems and other reports as directed. Establish and maintain positive, productive working relationships with mental health programs, shelter programs, police (and other local officials), and providers of services and resources to the homeless. Attend team meetings, case conferences, training workshops and community meetings as needed. Provide advocacy for homeless when they encounter barriers. Perform other related duties as assigned from time to time.

Job Qualifications:
Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent with up to 12 months of social services experience required. Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or related field preferred. Experience working directly with chronically homeless strongly preferred. Demonstrated basic understanding of severe mental health, physical health, and substance abuse issues and symptoms. Ability to listen with sensitivity to other people’s feelings, needs, and point of view, and demonstrates tact and courtesy in expressing opinions or ideas. Displays appropriate, professional, healthy boundaries and exercises mature judgment and understanding of safety concerns. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple cases effectively and efficiently and be able to adapt well to changing priorities and challenging individuals. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to work outside of normal business hours, particularly with flexible evening hours. Must be able to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.