Housing Search Placement Worker, FOH, Springfield

CSO is looking for a Housing Search Placement Worker to join out team at Friends of the Homeless in Springfield. 

The Housing Search Placement Worker coordinates and monitors the assessment, treatment planning process and follow-up for each guest and serves as an advocate and liaison for guest benefits. This position is part of the agency service team, providing a safe haven for shelter guests to address barriers to self-sufficiency.

Responsibilities

  • Complete new guest assessment to determine eligibility and needs for social support programs.
  • Assists guests in the development of individual plans to move toward self-sufficiency and to retain/secure permanent housing.  Evaluates, facilitates and monitors guest's progress towards established goals and objectives.  Documents in individual case file/ETO.
  • Provide resource/assistance for guests in:  budgeting, job training, employment search, locating permanent housing, managing medical issues and addressing transportation and other needs.
  • Advocate for guests with other service providers, including federal, state and city agencies and other non-profits; provide referrals to other appropriate service providers as needed. (e.g. Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare)
  • May provide transportation service to guests for doctor appointments, job interviews, social security, veterans' association, and apartment/landlord meetings.
  • Maintain current knowledge of and good working relationships with other service providers with whom Friends of the Homeless collaborates.  Attend inter-agency meetings as required.
  • Complete all required documentation and case notes and maintain Friends of the Homeless case files.
  • Maintains confidentiality and appropriate professional boundaries.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, organize and manage time effectively.
  • Provides follow-up and crisis intervention for assigned guests.

Qualifications

High School diploma or GED and two years of experience working in the Human Services Field such as working with low income and homeless populations, chemical dependency, and/or mental health programs or experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Ability to use computer software applications and general office equipment. Must have and maintain a valid driver's license. 

Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, (English/Spanish speaking.)

Benefits

We provide our employees with competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including full coverage health and dental insurance and ample paid time off (vacation, personal, sick, and holidays). Additionally, we offer a retirement savings plan and an employee referral bonus program. CSO provides their staff with regular in-house training and professional development opportunities with free CEUs. Our voluntary supplemental insurances include short and long-term disability, cancer, accident and life. We also offer a premier employee assistance program (EAP) and personal cell phone plan discounts.

Our Agency

Clinical & Support Options, Inc. is a behavioral health organization serving individuals and families across Western Massachusetts. From its early days as a child guidance clinic, Clinical & Support Options has expanded into a full service behavioral health agency, committed internally to excellence while we collaborate externally with community partners to participate in a comprehensive system of assistance and resources for the residents of our communities. We employ over 650 multi-disciplinary staff, helping thousands of families during the past 50 years. We have community based office locations throughout Western Massachusetts, including Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield, Orange, Athol, Gardner and Pittsfield.

Our core competencies lend themselves to the development of a "one-stop" model of comprehensive, holistic services to individuals and families with multiple and complex issues.

Our expertise, in a nutshell, is to support people in their progress towards self-sufficiency, no matter what challenges they face on that journey.