Housing Retention Counselor (HAP)

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The Housing Retention Counselor provides independent living and retention counseling services to individuals receiving regular monthly assistance from the Housing Assistance Program. Services provided include independent living skills assessment, identification of barriers to maintaining housing, short-term situational counseling for clients in crisis and serving as the liaison to the care team for all matters that relate to housing needs. The Housing Retention Counselor serves as a member of the Housing Assistance Program (HAP) team and assists clients to secure services that maximize their tenure in housing; increase their ability to maintain their household and finances, independently perform activities of daily living, uphold the terms of their lease.

Qualified Candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in health, human or education services and one (1) year of qualifying experience*; OR Associates degree in health, human or education services and one (2) years of qualifying experience. * “Qualifying Experience” means experience working with the following populations: persons with a chronic illness, and/or persons with a history of mental illness, homelessness, or chemical dependence. Experience with families preferred. Must possess a valid NYS Driver’s License and an insured, dependable car to use for client service activities, including transporting clients when necessary. Sensitivity to HIV/AIDS, addiction and LGBT issues essential.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education: Bachelor's (pus 1 year experience); OR Associate’s (plus 2 years experience)

Required experience: Experience working with persons with a chronic illness, and/or persons with a history of mental illness, homelessness, or chemical dependence

Additional requirement(s): Valid NYS driver’s license with a dependable vehicle (for client services activities)

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