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Housing Navigator- Austin, TX
Job Code:2020-HOU-004
FT/PT Status:Housing
Location:Austin (TX)

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Position Purpose

With the direction of the Director of Housing Services and guidance of the Housing Programs Manager, the Housing Navigator provides housing stability services to HIV positive individuals from a strengths-based, client-centered, housing-first model. The Housing Navigator quickly and successfully connects individuals and families experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, to stable housing.  The Housing Navigator utilizes a variety of resources to navigate barriers the client may have to attaining or maintaining housing, and assists the client in accessing other supports they may need.  The Housing Navigator is a financial steward of resources and ensures all programmatic eligibility requirement are met.

Scope of Responsibilities

Vivent Health is one of the nation’s largest providers of HIV prevention, care and treatment services with a budget approaching $130 million and employing over 400 professionals.

The unique, nationally recognized Vivent Health HIV Medical Home model of care assures that everyone with HIV has access to medical, dental, mental health and social services and provides the best opportunity for patients to achieve high quality health outcomes. Vivent Health also provides aggressive HIV prevention services to gay men, injection drug users and others at the highest risk for HIV infection. 

Vivent Health currently operates in multiple states nationwide. It embraces a Market Culture to increase access to care, enhance quality outcomes and achieve and surpass financial performance expectations and has an aggressive plan to expand into additional states.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in determining client eligibility for housing services and other community resources.
  • Stay up to date on agency eligibility policy, proper eligibility documentation requirements, and use of agency forms.
  • Collect eligibility documents from clients that fit current agency requirements, and assist clients in obtaining or providing such documents.
  • Conduct phone and in-person screenings to assess potential clients for services, as needed.
  • Conduct client intake appointments to obtain client-centered information relevant to the housing situation and social service needs of the client, as needed.
  • Conduct eligibility recertifications of current clients per programmatic policies, as needed.
  • Coordinate eligibility and intake services with agency staff, community agencies, hospitals, doctors, etc. when necessary to secure stable housing.  

  • Provide case management services, information, and referrals for Housing Navigation clients, with a focus on housing stability.
  • Work with clients to develop housing service plans that focus on individualized immediate and long-term goals with emphasis on housing stability.
  • Process financial assistance requests in line with client’s budgeting and housing plan goals.
  • Advocate on behalf of clients to address housing and other service barriers and refer clients to other community resources when appropriate.
  • Provide timely and accurate referrals to community AIDS services organizations, community resources, and medical providers as appropriate.

  • Conduct routine follow-up to reassess needs and ensure linkage to services.
  • Maintain housing Navigation client hard files, including eligibility/enrollment paperwork, case notes, housing plans, financial assistance, assessments, and other items as specified on file checklist.
  • Maintain client record documentation in Provide Enterprise according to departmental standards.
  • Provide data and information, including client demographic information, for the quarterly CAPER/IDIS report with the assistance of the Programs Specialist.
  • Provide information about housing programs and referrals to services for clients and community members.
  • Stay up to date on resource availability of community housing programs.

  • Explain and enforce HOPWA rules and regulations when working with clients, HIV case managers, and landlords.
  • Build and maintain working relationships with landlords, property managers, and community partners.
  • Attend and participate in Department meetings as scheduled.
  • Participate in agency Quality Improvement activities as indicated.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Direct Services and the Housing Programs Manager.
Required Experience and Skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field required
  • One year of experience in working with homelessness prevention and/or the homeless population preferred
  • Two years of experience working with individuals of diverse cultures, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identifications required
  • One year of experience working with clients with substance use and/or mental health disorders and with other vulnerable populations required
Preferred Experience:

  • Knowledge of HIV, homelessness, reentry issues, mental health, and substance abuse
  • Knowledge of diverse populations and community resources

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Training in harm reduction principles and motivational interviewing skills preferred
  • Bilingual/ bicultural (English and Spanish) skills preferred
  • Ability to make sound decisions in accordance with agency policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Ability to demonstrate good judgment, maintain strict confidentiality standards, and adhere to professional standards as defined by state and federal regulations
  • Ability to take all precautionary steps to ensure the protection and integrity of protected health information
  • Ability to work comfortably with diverse populations, with sensitivity to individuals with disabilities and issues concerning HIV
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and competing priorities
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with coworkers
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Skilled in operating office equipment, such as personal computer, calculator, copy machine, facsimile machine, and telephone system
  • Skilled in using various software, including word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs
  • Ability to maintain safe driving record, vehicle liability insurance and current Texas driver license.
  • Ability to perform routine walking, standing, bending, lifting, and stooping during the course of day

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions*

**Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer* *

Vivent Health is an equal opportunity employer and will recruit, hire, promote and transfer qualified persons into all job classifications regardless of race, gender, religion, skin color, national origin or ancestry, physical disability (including pregnancy) or mental disability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, legally protected medical condition, family care status, marital status, veteran status, genetic characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. Vivent Health complies with other expanded protected classifications that may be mandated by specific county or municipal regulations. As a recipient of federal funding, Vivent Health will not hire nor enter into a contractual relationship with any party that is debarred, suspended, or excluded from federal assistance programs.

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