According to the overall needs of the agency, the Housing Navigator assists individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago to achieve and maintain housing stability through assistance with housing applicants and re-applications and support in creating goal-driven plans to success.
Responsibilities: Housing Navigator
1) Engage clients to assess housing needs in relation to their income and housing/tenancy histories.
2) Develop housing plans to achieve stability.
3) Help clients to achieve the goals they set for themselves within those plans.
4) Service assessments, financial re-certifications and follow-up.
5) Utilize housing service guide to assist in making referrals and assisting PLWHA in need of individualized housing assistance
Other Responsibilities: Community Clients
1) Develop and follow up on Individualized Housing Plans for short-term needs for community clients.
2) Assist with applying for rent and utility assistance.
3) Develop relationships with community landlords who are willing to rent to individuals with low income.
4) Expand referral network to include more employment readiness.
At least 2-3 years of direct service experience working in the field of HIV service provision. Bachelor's degree Required. Computer proficiency is required as well as the ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, races, sexual orientation and gender identities or expression. Access to a reliable vehicle is preferred but not required with a valid driver license and proof of required automobile insurance. Demonstrated cultural competence in working with people of color and the LGBTQ community as well as experience and knowledge working with those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
TPAN saves lives and empowers individuals by HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. We provide services to over 2000 individuals and families in the Chicago area. Our services include testing, primary medical care through an onsite clinic partnership with Howard Brown Health, group and individual mental health services provide by our licensed staff therapists, case management that links our clients to insurance, prescription drug assistance programs and housing, and innovative prevention education programs tailored to those most at risk. TPAN's impact is felt across the country through its bi-monthly national magazine, Positively Aware, which provides cutting edge treatment and wellness information to over 100,000 readers.