Job Description

Home Start, founded in 1972, is a non-profit social services agency dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County,  We are currently seeking an experienced individual to provide housing-focused case management and housing location for a caseload of SDSU students that that fall into the HUD defined “Literally Homeless” and “Other” category.  The housing coordinator will be responsible for doing outreach and negotiation with landlords and property managers as well as assistance with submitting rental applications and understanding leases. The Housing Coordinator will ensure successful placement of students, linkage to community resources and stabilization/aftercare services. This position works closely with San Diego State University and Housing Stability Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. Locate housing for students; following the eligibility for graduation date, homelessness status, and financial longevity.
  2. Help students understand the lease terms/ rental agreement ensuring their understanding of the legally binding agreement. 
  3. Facilitate and request funds for student’s security deposit, as well as tracking of funds
  4. Disperse monthly rental assistance to preserve student housing.
  5. Aid students during move in, by providing transportation assistance, ensuring budget compliance and other support.
  6. Conduct a move-in meeting with the student to assess their acclimation in their housing situation and assess housing related needs; i.e. furniture, cleaning supplies, etc.
  7. Provide case management and linkage to community financial resources, neighbor etiquette, and budgeting.
  8. Conduct wrap around case management services until student graduates or can successfully manage housing stability on their own.

Skills / Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, social services, and/or related human services field preferred. Demonstrated experience in low income, family-based services, and/or commensurate experience preferred.  Knowledge: Knowledge of community resources for low income households. Abilities:  Demonstrated ability to be culturally sensitive and respect diversity. Ability to provide support, structure, empathy, sound judgement, insight into human behavior and family relations. Skills: Effective communication skills. Must be a team player and be able to work independently. Computer literate as appropriate. Bilingual in Spanish preferred. Other Requirements: Must have a valid California driver’s license, insurance and a reliable vehicle and be willing to use it on the job.