Ability to case manage a diverse population of formerly homeless individuals and families in a supportive scattered-site housing program
Ability to complete home visits to clients’ homes
Ability to respectfully interact with clients and landlords
Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team
Ability to respond to emergencies and be on call as required
Ability to work from a harm reduction approach
Ability to learn and use database systems
Process housing intakes including confirming and documenting eligibility, and coordinate placement of clients into housing units
Conduct comprehensive psychosocial assessments of clients’ needs and create a service plan required to meet those needs utilizing input from the client, medical personnel, staff, and others as appropriate
Routinely assess client’s progress toward meeting goals and engage client in motivational enhancement as needed
Provide case management services that focus on improving clients’ health outcomes, self-sufficiency, increasing income and long term housing stability.
Process client rent payments, reporting non-payment to supervisor.
Make referrals to link clients to community services, advocate for access to needed services
Serve as clients’ advocate in the procurement of benefits and entitlements
Complete and facilitate discharge of clients, including method for follow-ups
Develop and maintain working relationships with landlords
Maintain client files in accordance with Chicago House, IDHS & HUD policies
Attend and participate in appropriate staff meetings
Report potential housing crises, clients’ health and/or behavior changes to supervisor
Participate in completion of quarterly/annual progress reports to funders
Use corresponding database(s).
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, Master’s preferred.
Have a car which can be used to complete home visits.
Experience in using Motivational Interviewing preferred.
Experience in Trauma Informed Care preferred.
Previous housing experience and familiarity with HIV/AIDS preferred
Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
Chicago House was founded in 1985 by a small group of community activists who saw that their friends and family members were losing their homes due to the financial, social and medical challenges associated with HIV/AIDS.
To provide community-based housing and supportive services responsive to the changing needs of individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.
All Chicago House se...rvices are provided without discrimination, and are explicitly designed to respect and preserve the dignity and independence of all clients.