Specialist-Housing (NHS427) in Brooklyn, NY at Volunteers of America Greater New York

Date Posted: 7/10/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
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  • Experience:
    At least 2 year(s)
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Job Description

Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-Greater New York) is the local affiliate of the national organization, Volunteers of America, Inc. and is one of the largest providers of human services in the metropolitan New York area. Founded in New York City in 1896 as a charity staffed by volunteers tending to the city’s poor, today VOA-Greater New York has 1,300 paid staff that provide life-changing, often life-saving services through 80 programs in New York City, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.

VOA-Greater New York services extend to survivors of domestic violence; individuals and families — including veterans — experiencing, or at risk of homelessness; people living with HIV/ AIDS, behavioral health, and substance use issues; adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities; preschoolers with developmental delays; older adults on limited incomes, many with a history of homelessness; and at-risk youth. 

VOA-Greater New York expands, and introduces new services in response to community needs. As such, it is at the forefront of building affordable, supportive housing for seniors; providing a service-rich continuum of care for formerly homeless veterans; and expanding its services for those recovering from domestic violence. Battle Buddy Bridge®, a peer counseling program for veterans, and the work VOA-Greater New York is doing to raise awareness of the impact of Moral Injury, are examples of the organization’s responsiveness, creativity and life-altering work. 

Many of VOA-Greater New York’s programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC. Operation Backpack® is the organization’s signature community service campaign that ensures every student who calls a NYC shelter “home” has a new backpack full of supplies in time for the first day of school.


The housing specialist assures housing readiness of clients by implementing appropriate trainings and developing permanent housing options in both public and private sectors.


The position requires an associate’s degree with two years of related experience in housing placement services for low-income and/or homeless population.  Knowledge of federal guidelines for public and private low-income housing required.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Clean and valid driver’s license.  Must maintain agency authorized driver’s status.


  1. Conduct housing eligibility assessments of all applicable clients.

  2. Develop linkages with real estate companies and office of public housing.

  3. Maintain and update listings of permanent affordable housing.

  4. Develop and facilitate client workshops and individual sessions on skills and information necessary to acquire and maintain independent permanent housing.

  5. Track placements and conduct follow up of clients placed into permanent housing.

  6. Train and supervise housing staff.

  7. Perform other related duties as required.


  1. Clients are properly assessed for appropriate housing options.

  2. New housing options are pursued and obtained.

  3. Lists of affordable housing are always available for eligible clients.

  4. Clients are well trained and receive the skills they need to qualify for permanent housing.

  5. Clients’ progress is tracked and appropriate follow up is maintained.

  6. Housing staff receive information they need to properly service their clients.

Make a living by making a difference. Apply online today! Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Job Start Date Thursday, March 7, 2019