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Position Title

   Homelessness Prevention Housing Navigator - Youth Engagement Team

Description

    The Youth Engagement Team project partners with systems involved youth under
    the age of 18 who are at risk of or who are experiencing homelessness. The
    Homelessness Prevention Housing Navigator is responsible for providing case
    management and prevention services for youth and their families who are enrolled
    in the Youth Engagement Team (YET) project. Case management is goal-based,
    strength-based, participant-directed and focused on supporting youth in creating
    housing stability for themselves and, when present, their families. This position,
    under supervision of the Youth Engagement Team Adolescent and Family Therapist,
    is responsible for securing and distributing financial support to clients to prevent
    movement into homelessness. Other responsibilities include client advocacy,    
    developing community linkages and resource referrals for youth and families facing
    imminent homelessness. Community outreach to schools, businesses and other
    organizations interested in helping youth will be required.

    This position is part of the Youth Homeless Demonstration Project (YHDP) and
    is funded for 2 years.

Responsibilities

    A. Case Management
        1. Enroll youth and families facing imminent homelessness into case
        management as needed.
        2. Help clients identify specific needs that will prevent homelessness and
        stabilize housing and create specific goals to support this outcome.
        3. Provide necessary referrals for services or agencies specifically designed to
        help clients meet their goals.
        4. Document goals and progress toward meeting goals in case goals plans.
        Modify and update as needed.
        5. Provide clear documentation in case notes, assessments and referrals of
        all contacts with youth, families and external service providers.
        6. Maintain data collection and case records as required by the agency.
        7. Ensure that any youth experiencing homelessness are made aware of
        Coordinated Entry System’s application process and assist in youth referrals to
        CEA.

    B. Community Outreach and Project Collaboration
        1. Identify clients through outreach efforts and community partnerships by        
        connecting with schools, shelters, teen centers, Children’s Administration, and
        other community services where systems involved youth and youth experiencing
        homelessness are frequently located.
        2. Provide necessary referrals and information for services specifically designed
        to help clients meet their goals, specifically including temporary housing,
        employment, and community resources.
        3. Participate in Youth Engagement Team collaborative work and support strong
        communication and the development of relationships between YET project
        partners (YMCA, Children’s Administration, LCSYS, All Home staff and join
        advisory committee team members).

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Bachelor's Degree in a social service or related field preferred; equivalent
        experience accepted in lieu of degree.
        2. Previous experience working with youth and families experiencing
        homelessness and systems involved youth including foster care and juvenile
        justice.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Demonstrated ability to engage with diverse populations in a culturally
        responsive manner.
        2. Demonstrate a commitment to the values of equity and inclusion by honoring
        and celebrating diverse characteristics and expressions of personal identity.
        3. Familiarity with King County community resources.
        4. Understanding of normal adolescent development.        
        5. Knowledge of the harm reduction, trauma informed care, and motivational
        interviewing service models.
        6. Comfortable interacting with youth and families in informal settings.
        7. Consistently maintain required paperwork.
        8. Maintain a professional demeanor.
        9. Ability to establish and maintain trusting relationships.
        10. Ability to develop appropriate boundaries.
        11. Demonstrated responsiveness and sensitivity to needs of clients in crisis.
        12. Willingness to participate in a Performance and Quality Improvement
        process.
        13. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth
        vehicles on Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as
        defined by Friends of Youth.

Hours

    Full Time

Salary

    $20 / hour

Reports to

    YET Supervising Adolescent and Family Therapist

Location

    Kirkland

Application Deadline

    Open until filled

Contact

    Send cover letter and resume to DeAnn Adams at deann@friendsofyouth.org 

Job Posting Date

    8/30/18
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