THE MISSION OF PROJECT HOME
The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.
Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.
Project HOME is committed to social and political advocacy. An integral part of our work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies.
Project HOME is committed to nurturing a spirit of community among persons from all walks of life, all of whom have a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society.
THE VALUES OF PROJECT HOME
The work of Project HOME is rooted in our strong spiritual conviction of the dignity of each person.
We believe that all persons are entitled to decent, affordable housing and access to quality education, employment, and health care.
We believe in the transformational power of building relationships and community as the ultimate answer to the degradation of homelessness and poverty.
We believe that working to end homelessness and poverty enhances the quality of life for everyone in our community.
We believe that the critical resources entrusted to us to achieve our mission must be managed honorably and professionally.
Job Summary:The Hub of Hope Resource Coordinator is responsible for providing case management and substance use services - including engagement, building rapport, assessment, service referral, appropriate placement, and follow-up - to individuals who come through the Hub, with particular focus on chronically homeless individuals who have behavioral health diagnoses. All Hub staff are responsible for working as part of a team to monitor the safety and security of participants, staff, and volunteers by actively observing who is coming in and out of the space and staying in direct communication with staff throughout the building.
Hours Monday -Friday 8:00-4:00, subject to change depending on needs of the program
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Welcome and support all individuals who come into the Hub, and uphold a standard of a clean, safe, and respectful environment
Maintain situational awareness at all times to prevent or quickly respond to incidents or crises that may occur, ensuring a safe environment for all
Build respect and rapport to establish ongoing relationships with individuals who frequent the Hub. Develop and implement system to track regular users to promote effective strategies for engaging regular users of Hub for services.
o Maintain regular contact with individuals on caseload and develop short and long-term goals with the individuals using person centered approach.
Assess and refer individuals for Living Room membership and programming
Conduct assessment, referral and provide follow-up services to individuals in appropriate treatment, residential, and other relevant sites
o Know individual's residential and treatment history. Discuss what worked, what didn't and why.
o Identify and prioritize needed services and target most appropriate facilities for placement
o Maintain close contact with individual throughout placement and provide support until suitable plan for more permanent service/housing is implemented
o Discuss individual's concerns, fears, and frustrations, and work to resolve or alleviate while challenging the individual to address potential obstacles they may face in their long-term goals
Complete housing applications for individuals as appropriate including conducting VISPDAT and referrals through Coordinated Access system.
Coordinate referrals for targeted and intensive case management, substance use, and mental health services including: assessing the immediacy of the participant's need, level of service required, and appropriateness of service
o Advocate for individual's needs as necessary within larger system of services
Assist individuals with obtaining ID, benefits, and medical and psychiatric evaluations for placement
Maintain records as required for contractual and agency standards including ETO and HMIS (training on systems will be available)
o Maintain case records, file system, and complete all necessary report forms, progress reports, and service plans
Review log book at the beginning of each shift, update as necessary during shift to keep communication flow between staff, and include a brief summary of the shifts happenings before clocking out, and communicate directly with relief staff during shift overlap period to ensure a seamless transition between shifts
Participate in regular staff meetings, being prepared to provide updates about caseload progress
Other duties as assigned
Minimum of 4years of case management and drug and alcohol services
Demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to working with people who are homeless, living with mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or in recovery
Strong knowledge and experience providing housing placement assistance including documentation necessary for subsidized housing applications (PHA, CoC, VASH)
Strong computer skills and demonstrated experience with electronic charting systems and social service documentation standards.
Experience in the social service system and the homeless provider network and experience providing referrals for services (TCM, ACT, CPS and treatment programs)
Strong interpersonal skills
Willingness to learn, and to listen and respond to others with compassion
Ability to build trusting relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and interpret cross-cultural influences in a helpful manner
Excellent listening, communication, collaboration, and teamwork skills
Sense of humor
Experience with the mental health system in Philadelphia preferred
Valid Driver's License
Project HOME is an Equal Opportunity Employer