Housing Navigator
The Housing Navigator will prospect and develop new landlord relationships to provide homeless individuals appropriate housing as part of Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center’s Housing First service delivery model. This model includes intensive home-based case management focused on permanent housing stability, housing relocation services, landlord/tenant education and financial assistance. Duties and Responsibilities: Prospect and establish new landlord relationships to develop a “housing bank” of apartments/housing units suitable for the homeless and marginalized population of clients that we serve. Develop and maintain community and landlord partnerships to provide resources and cultivate relationships with the landlord. Ensure all identified units meet HUD’s rent requirements. Coordinate and conduct lease reviews and signings. Act as an advocate for the client. Provide initial inspections to ensure compliance with HUD safety standards for housing and lead-safe status. Coordinate apartment showings and move-in schedules. Maintain spreadsheets and database information. Liaison with the landlord, staff, and clients to facilitate successful occupancy. Perform other duties as assigned. Core Competencies: Ability to work with the homeless and marginalized populations. Knowledge of the neighborhoods where housing is located and knowledge of housing/building codes and safety standards for rental housing. Qualifications and Experience: Minimum 5 years’ experience in real estate and/or property management is required. Additional human services experience preferred. Computer skills and data entry required. Bilingual (English and Spanish) a plus. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel in the community. Physical demands and work environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Physical demands include sitting, walking, lifting up to 20 pounds, walking up 3+ flights of stairs, reaching, carrying, speaking, and listening. The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.

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