Job Description

Home Start, a leader in providing family strengthening services in San Diego County since 1972, is seeking an experienced Youth System Navigator to provide housing-focused system navigation services to transition aged youth in east county.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Provide in-reach and outreach services for youth.
  • Assess youth for skills, challenges and appropriate services.
  • Screen for prevention or diversion.
  • If appropriate, provide youth prevention or diversion services, including family reunification.
  • Collaborate with youth to create a Housing Stability Plan.
  • Complete Youth Common Assessment when appropriate.
  • Assist youth with collection of all appropriate documents.
  • Evaluate transportation needs and support youth in developing a sustainable plan.
  • Provide clients with referrals as needed for services and activities, including mainstream benefits, education, and employment.
  • Provide clear direct, support and follow-up to all youth.
  • Maintain client files and records.
  • Complete Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data entry.
  • Complete case notes.
  • Attend meetings, trainings, and individual/team supervision as required.

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, homeless, youth services, and/or commensurate experience preferred. Must have knowledge of community resources for youth and/or low income households, Positive Youth Development, and Trauma-Informed Care.  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.