Housing Locator
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 6/13/2019

Job Description

Housing Locator

Summary: The Housing Locator works with property owner, managers and staff to identify potential rental units for program participants.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

•         Demonstrates a solid understanding of local and national regulations related to homelessness and affordable housing;

•         Creates and fosters positive working relationships within the housing community; such as realtors, property managers, and housing developers;

•         Identifies new and existing housing opportunities;

•         Builds and maintains a strong inventory of available housing options for participants;

  • Networks with other housing providers to ensure that the housing needs of homeless or at risk individuals are adequately addressed;
  • Represents the organization at community and housing events as assigned;

•         Educates clinical staff on program requirements and on how these requirements impact leasing and unit selection;

  • Collaborates with teams, as needed, to advocate for participants’ rights as they pertain to housing;

•         Insures that reporting requirements set forth by funders are consistently met;

  • Inspects units, as necessary, ensuring compliance with the health and safety standards of funders;
  • Participates actively in all supervisory, team and agency meetings;
  • Participates in periodic evaluation reviews and/or trainings to ensure adherence to standards; 
  • Initiates requests for assistance or guidance from supervisor to address new issues affecting adherence to professional and/or funder standards;
  • Continues professional development by active, self-initiated participation in supervision, in-house training, conferences, seminars and independent study;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. A current driver’s license and access to an insured personal car is required.

•     Education and/or Experience: High School Diploma or equivalent required. Either a Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience or, without a Bachelor’s degree, four years of experience directly related to resource development or housing advocacy.  Knowledge of housing, employment and other human services is required. Experience working with landlords, housing resource specialists, social services outreach, people experiencing housing instability and special populations including those with psychiatric disorders and/or individuals with chemical dependencies is also required.

§ Communication Skills: Ability to work effectively with both private and public sector managers and direct service staff.

Language Skills:  Fluency in a second language may be required.  Ability to read, analyzes, and interprets general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to inquiries, etc.

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

§ Other Requirements: A valid drivers license may be required.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

•         Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

•         Ability to work with diverse populations with complex needs.

•         Ability to engage communities without personal bias or judgmental attitude.

•         Excellent problem-solving and resource development skills.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•         May be required to visit clients in the community.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Other
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 6/13/2019

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Heartland Alliance—the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest— believes that all of us deserve the opportunity to improve our lives. Each year, we help ensure this opportunity for nearly one million people around the world who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. Our multicultural staff are passionate about our mission and make Heartland Alliance a dynamic and exciting place to develop your career.


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