Lucy Hicks Anderson housing program (LHA) is an eighteen month transitional housing program centering Black/Brown Trans women of color. This program is available for Trans women who are experiencing homelessness and/or housing instability. LHA housing program will include a trauma informed programmatic stance with the intent on breaking these cycles of homelessness and/or housing instability. Implementation of an intensive empowerment initiative called Transcendence will provide a multitude of resources, skills and real life education components that will strengthen the participants’ likelihood of maintaining sustainable housing.
The Housing Coordinator will be responsible for these key functions:
- Upholding the ethics and values of Brave Space Alliance
- To provide genuine connection and collaborate with all stakeholders
- To oversee and develop day to day engagement with housing participants through caseload organization
- Responsible for keeping strict confidentiality of all protected information concerning participants, staff, and volunteers in accordance with the confidentiality agreement and all State and Federal regulations.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Knowledgeable of LHA program eligibility
- Actively communicate with Director, other Housing Coordinators and C2C about client needs
- Attend collaborative working group meetings with all program staff to review cases and related support functions
- Comfortable having conversations around a multitude of topics such as poverty, mental health, employment and medical navigation scenarios.
- Locate, develop, and use community and agency resources for the benefit of clients and advocate for services on behalf of clients
- Ensure that clients needs are being heard and met via regularly scheduled one-on-ones
- Maintain extensive, accurate records, data and documentation of services
- Attend individual or group trainings, workshops and conferences related to position
- Becoming familiar with all aspects of Transcendence programs and services in order to facilitate more extensive services as needed
- Coordination and scheduling of Transcendence programming
- Trained and proficient in Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), All Chicago and other housing tools
- Must be able to answer questions from staff, participants and BSA leadership regarding information on programmatic and participant updates
- Develop and nurture relationships with local landlords, housing authorities, and property managers (?) to establish strong relationships and referral systems for all BSA participants looking for housing
- Working knowledge of tenant rights, federal and state housing regulations, and rehousing strategies
- Develop and nurture relationships with local community members and partners to create a community of care for the LHA Housing Program
- Other duties as co-created
- Ability to communicate and relate to persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities to establish and maintain effective working relationships
- Ability to problem solve with creative and individualized approaches
- Knowledge of community resources
- Excellent verbal and written skills
- Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision
- Knowledge of and experience with basic computer skills
- Excellent organizational skills and time management
- Ability to prioritize and plan effectively
- Experience in management and supervision preferred
Education and/or Experience
- Personal/Lived experience with the Transgender/Gender nonconforming community is a must
- Preferred basic knowledge of standard bookkeeping principles, practices, and techniques
- Preferred knowledge of HMIS and Housing Authority policies, procedures and practices pertaining to the Chicago Housing Programs.
- Bi-lingual preferred
- LHA requires 24/7 staffing, manager will be required to work some overnight shifts
- A multitude of resources will be in rotation must be able to do some manual labor/lifting, cleaning and organizing
Benefits include, medical, dental, vision and paid time off
Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ+ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples.