Senior Housing Navigator

Title:                    Senior Housing Navigator
Program:             Coordinated Entry System (CES)
Reports to:          Program Director
Coordinated Entry System provides comprehensive services designed to address the root cause of poverty and homelessness within SPA 1 of Los Angeles County. Participants may be mentally ill, have intellectual developmental disabilities, substance abuse issues, and chronic medical/physical disabilities, exiting institutions and are homeless.

The Senior Housing Navigator works under the supervision of the Program Director to provide leadership and promote high-quality service delivery within the program.  In addition to assisting the Program Director with the oversight and development of the program, they will also carry a direct client caseload. The Senior Housing Navigator will arrange, coordinate, monitor, mentor, and assure all delivered services by the case management team meet the needs of the program and the participants. The Senior Housing Navigator provides assistance in building participant self-sufficiency around Family, Adult/Singles, and Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Systems in housing, budgeting, employment, educational training, health and other social services.  The emphasis is on long-term economic and housing stability in keeping with the Housing 1st goals.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Assist to create and disseminate program documents, policies and procedures
  • Provide support and guidance to fellow Housing Navigators in onboarding, training, and throughout employment. Including but not limited to: Program Requirements, Scope of Required Services, Program Standards, Documents/Documentation, Enrollments, Homeless Verifications, Data (HMIS & Apricot), Extensions, Referrals, Income & Income Updates, Audits, Housing and Service Plans, Monthly Updates, Services, Status Assessments, Housing (Documents, Habitability Checks, Data in HMIS & Apricot, ETC).
  • Support Families Program Director and CES Program Director when asked and able.
  • Work/Collaborate with Compliance in regard to Master File & Database expectations, audits (before and after), and changes within agency and LAHSA expectations, section sheets, audit sheets, and audit findings/corrections.
  • Work collaboratively with Data Specialist on new case assignments and transfers - soft audits, document/data review
  • Facilitate team building activities and brainstorming sessions
  • Conflict Resolution between participants & Housing Navigators. If unable to resolve, seek assistance from Program Director
  • Landlord engagement and program education
  • Locate useful community resources, referrals
  • Assist to provide guidance to a team of Case Managers/Housing Navigators.
  • Assist with providing training, opportunities for growth and regular evaluations to Case Management/Housing Navigation staff.
  • Coordinate with funders for Case Conference and meetings.
  • Work with Compliance Department to monitor program performance
  • Assist with oversight of program budget and work with Finance Department to ensure performance measures are met.
  • Assist in facilitation of team meetings to provide program guidance, encourage collaboration, and share best practices
  • Track program performance and outcomes, work with Data Coordinator in identifying and managing trends in performance
  • Trouble-shoot with staff and program team as to any issues or challenges that might inhibit them from achieving program goals
  • Assist with interviewing and onboarding of new staff
  • Attend and participate in CES Care Coordination and Case Conference meetings to identify program participants and coordinate services with other providers.
  • Work cohesively with the CES Matcher, Regional Coordination, and Outreach teams in SPA 1
  • Work with a diverse and marginalized caseload of participants, experiencing many barriers including homelessness, complex trauma, medical, mental health needs and substance use
  • Assist individuals at every stage of the housing stabilization process including flexible services to meet the individual needs of participants
  • Engage participants in problem solving dialogue to assess for additional resources available within the participant’s own network.
  • Conduct intake and enrollment activities with eligible participants, including assisting participants with gathering other program eligibility documentation, completing project intake forms, authorizations and enrolling into the program
  • Interview and evaluate participants to identify social, emotional, and economic factors, which may interfere with attaining stability and optimum health
  • Obtain consents and authorizations for participants in the program
  • Perform housing location duties to identify appropriate housing options for participants
  • Assist participants with accessing temporary housing and obtaining permanent housing. Facilitating the move in process before and after move in.  Including but not limited to assistance with housing applications, housing identification, landlord negotiation and on-going landlord engagement
  • Meet face to face with participants between one and three times a month prior to obtaining housing and once participant has successfully moved into stable housing
  • Transport/accompany participants in agency or personal vehicle to unit search, viewing, lease signing and to various agencies and healthcare providers in the greater Los Angeles area to increase community support services and community reintegration
  • Educate participants on budgeting and housing household management, including cleaning, cooking, household upkeep and cleanliness, non-hoarding behavior 
  • Assist participant with linkage to community resources for in-home supportive services if necessary
  • Provide participants with linkage to benefits establishment, vocational resources and employment to increase income
  • Link participants with appropriate medical, mental health, substance abuse providers, as well as recuperative care, food, clothing and transportation resources
  • Help to create safe and healthy activities for leisure/recreation, guide participant on developing positive interpersonal relationship skills and adapt to their neighborhood
  • Collaborate with each participant to develop creative Housing Service Plans aimed at improving overall well-being and housing stability; review and update monthly and upon completion of goals
  • Complete regular reassessments to ensure that the participant continues to require assistance
  • Develop and maintain complete, accurate, and current files with all required documents and data in agency records and electronic database, HMIS. Includes updates to changes in income and any demographic domain
  • Maintain confidentiality of participant files per HIPAA and all applicable guidelines
  • Document services provided within 24 hours
  • Ensure services to participants are reflective of customer choice and emphasize housing first, harm reduction and trauma-informed care models
  • Use effective communication skills such as active and reflective listening to build rapport
  • Utilize appropriate motivational interviewing interventions to increase positive outcomes
  • Liaise with other providers within the agency, as well as outside to formulate strength based strategies that focus on housing retention and general wellness
  • Participate in staff meetings, individual and group supervision, case conferences and training as required
  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures including confidentiality, child abuse reporting, and code of ethics
  • Additional tasks, projects and or responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor that are not outlined but which are an important part of the agency’s goals and/or program outcomes
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of Housing 1st model, Harm Reduction strategies and Trauma Informed service delivery
  • Knowledge of issues facing homeless individuals (e.g. chronic health, substance abuse, mental health, domestic abuse and resources for undocumented individuals)
  • Knowledge of community social service agencies and resources
  • Knowledge of resources including legal, medical, housing, educational and social service agencies and other resources in the community
  • Strict confidentiality must be observed as it relates to participant information, agency business, program decisions and all other personal information
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to individuals who may be ill, using substances, lack of personal care, in crisis situations and/or potentially hostile situations
  • Ability to work with a diverse population and provide culturally competent advocacy
  • Ability to deescalate aggressive/agitated individuals
  • Actively promote positive, nurturing interactions between participants
  • Must be able to exercise initiative, independent good judgment, flexibility, discretion, and solid decision making
  • Must be able to successfully manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, adjust to changing; circumstances, and demonstrate confidence working with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to handle common problems without supervisor intervention while knowing when supervisor participation is warranted
  • Work effectively under conditions of limited supervision, high stress and rapidly changing situations and circumstances
  • Able to take appropriate steps to deal with emergency situations with the goal of maintaining the safety of all participants
  • Promote cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and objective; collaborate with team members, sharing ideas and differences openly; be receptive to new ideas and adapt to change as necessary
  • Considers impact of personal and professional choices. Consistently make decisions in keeping with organizational values and Supervisor’s direction
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to follow through from beginning to end on tasks
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral; must communicate professionally and positively with participants, co-workers, management, community partners, employers, landlords, and other service providers
  • Proficient with office communication equipment and machines (telephone, copier, calculator, fax machine, personal computer, laptop, computer printer and scanner).
  • Proficient in use of laptop/desktop computer, Microsoft Windows and Office software programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google drive
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment, while exercising sound judgment.
  • Use of a personal vehicle may be required to travel in and around Antelope Valley and/or Los Angeles County and periodically transport participants
  • Maintain professional boundaries and work collaboratively with participants, volunteers and staff
  • Accountability – be on time for scheduled shifts
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Bilingual Preferred but not required
Qualifications & Experience:
  • High School Graduate or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social/Human Services or related field, strongly preferred
  • One and a half year experience in case management for homeless individuals
  • Experience in a residential facility setting strongly preferred
  • Experience with Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • Education may be substituted by years of experience
Agency Requirements:
  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License
  • Reliable transportation
  • Auto Insurance
  • Clean driving record
  • Employee will be required to complete a TB test, Background check, drug screen (employment pending on drug screen, background check and DMV report review), 72-hour Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault training and CPR/First Aid certification
Work Conditions & Physical Demands
The following are work conditions that one may encounter in the course of performing their job duties:
  • May be in contact with individuals in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not be attentive to personal hygiene and safety for themselves
  • May experience unpleasant sensory demands associated with an individual’s use of alcohol and drugs, and lack of personal care
  • May experience crisis situations and potentially hostile situations, must be ready to respond quickly and effectively.
An employee is required to:
Walk and climb stairs; Handle, grasp and feel objects and equipment; Reach with hands and arms; extend both arms above the head and/or reach below the waist; Communicate ideas and information verbally and written word; Be able to move oneself quickly and easily from place to place; Repeat various motions with hands, wrists, fingers; Climb on stools, steps and/or ladders; Be subject to outside environmental conditions, including but not limited to: Rain, heat, wind.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. If accommodation(s) are required, employee must inform Human Resources by the first week of employment. If an accommodation is not required at the time of employment, but is later required, you must inform Human Resources at the time it is needed.
  • Health
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Paid Sick
  • Dental
  • Paid Vacation
  • Vision
  • Cafeteria 125 Plan
  • Personal Days
  • Acupuncture/Chiropractic
  • Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • 14 Observed Holidays
Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm (may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends, holidays and/or on call status)

An Equal Opportunity Employer: Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.
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