Why Work For Simpson?
Our Mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. We believe that everybody has the right to safe and affordable housing; we strive to strive to create a collaborative community with the individuals we serve, within Simpson, and with the greater community; and we advocate against the injustices of society that cause homelessness and poverty. On a daily basis, we celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and dignity of every person and encourage people to draw upon their strengths and promote the power of self-advocacy.
Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Simpson has since become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to un-met community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. At any given time, we provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 200 families with over 400 children.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & RACIAL JUSTICE
Simpson Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to the principles of diversity. Diversity continues to be our primary focus in staffing and hiring, as it is important to us that our staff demographics be representative of the population demographics whom we serve. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.
How Can You Contribute?
The Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) for Families program provides temporary financial assistance for families experiencing homelessness to achieve permanent housing. This position will work as part of our Family Housing team to support families with locating and securing housing, along with leveraging support services that will help families maintain permanent housing using the Critical Time Intervention model.
Services this position provides to families include outreach and engagement, mainstream entitlement application and/or connection to employment services, housing location, addressing service needs to stabilize families in housing, and promote community integration.
This position handles an intensive caseload of up to 20 participant families located in scattered site housing throughout the Twin Cities metro area and will provide backup on occasion. This position works with families who are referred through Hennepin County Coordinated Entry. Participant populations may include those with LTH Long Term Homeless & Serious and Persistent Mental Illness - SPM, chemical abuse issues, criminal histories (drug charges, prostitution, fraud, etc.), and/or parenting issues. Families are eligible for services in the Rapid Rehousing Intervention Service for 90 days up to 2 years.
This position will be remote during the pandemic but will shift to in-office once it’s safe. Further, while temporarily remote, weekly in person attendance at SHS office will be required for training, modeling, shred, scan, fax or other assigned duties. SHS follows established protocols to ensure a clean and safe working environment including mask wearing, social distancing and frequent sanitizing at its locations. SHS will provide necessary tech, including a laptop for remote work.
Hours for this position are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Occasional evenings and Weekends. Flexible.
Rapid Re-Housing Program goals:
Provide effective case management to program participants:
Support participants with housing stability:
Support program participants to increase financial stability:
Support participants to increase family stability:
Work as part of an effective team to meet goals of program:
Complete accurate and thorough documentation and recordkeeping in a timely manner:
Provide positive representation of SHS through public relations and networking:
Demonstrate Essential Knowledge, Abilities, & Skills:
Scope of Position
Essential Mental Functions
The employee, in collaboration with the participant, must determine the needs of the participants and how best to meet these needs. This means, the employee will assess a participant’s situation to be able to identify more fully the needs of the participants.
The employee must draw on the ability to empathize, problem solve, and the ability to accept people unconditionally with an openness to new ideas.
To interpret policies and guidelines, employee must draw on analytical abilities.
The employee must understand and apply knowledge of homelessness, social support systems, tenant law, advocacy, early childhood and young adult stages of development and case management in terms of providing services to families in crisis.
Home visitation requires the employee to be aware of personal safety.
Essential Physical Functions
Employee must be able to hear and speak, in order to communicate with staff and participants in person, on the telephone and in writing. Employee must be able to move about the community and public places (such as apartment buildings).
Employee must be able to lift 25 pounds on an occasional basis.
Percentage time spent away from main office/location:
Time inside: 30%, Time outside: 70%, Agency travel time required: 30%
Travel includes travel within the community including but not limited to participant homes, attending community meetings, and accompanying participants to appointments.
Percentage time spent in direct care: 80%
Type of guidance and supervision received: Will participate in weekly team meetings as well as bi- weekly direct supervision meetings.
Number of Direct Reports: None
Number of In-direct Reports: May provide intern/volunteer supervision as needed
Budget Responsibility: None