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Housing Help Worker, Unison Health and Community Services

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline August 27, 2014

Full Time-35 hours per week-1 FTE

Unison Health and Community Services is formed by the voluntary merger of New Heights Community Health Centres and York Community Services. Unison’s mission is: working together to deliver accessible and high quality health and community services that are integrated, respond to needs, build on strengths and inspire change.  

Unison is seeking a Full-Time Housing Help Worker for both Keele/Rogers and Lawrence Height neighbourhoods.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides time limited housing search case management, short-term brief case management and support to clients including intake, assessment, referral, education, budgeting, medication and/or negotiation with landlords or other tenants and follow up
  • Ensures accurate housing client records by way of thorough outcome based recording of client encounters
  • Sees clients on both a scheduled and urgent basis at the Center, and any assigned outreach site in the community
  • Assists clients in applying for and reviewing/updating information on Housing Connection
  • Assists clients in applying Rent Bank and other appropriate funds to prevent eviction.
  • Provides crises intervention for clients facing housing related crises

Qualifications:

  • University degree or certificate in human services or equivalent in training and experience
  • At least two years housing related service experiences
  • Solid experience with vulnerable, disadvantages and low-income groups
  • Demonstrated experience in basic counseling and crises intervention techniques
  • Computer literacy with knowledge of various computer programs
  • Thorough knowledge of community resources in housing sector
  • Current knowledge of housing market conditions, legislation and tenant/landlord legal responsibilities
  • Knowledge of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program(ODSP) legislation/regulations
  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset

The successful candidate must be prepared to work out of multiple locations as required.

Unison Health and Community Services offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a résumé with covering letter by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday August 27, 2014 to:

Hiring Committee-Housing Help Worker
Unison Health and Community Services
12 Flemington Road
Toronto ON M6A 2N4
hirings@unisonhcs.org

We particularly encourage applicants who are reflective of the diversity of our communities.  While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interview will be contacted.