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Homes for Families 2019-2020 Public Policy Internship
Intern Responsibilities (can vary depending on level of experience and number of available hours):
- Help draft and/or edit member, advocacy and event materials
- Produce, draft, and or edit blog posts, policy briefs, fact sheets, graphs and other information for policy makers and HFF constituents
- Assist with communication efforts to raise provider and family voices
- Assist with the planning and executing of events
- Support data maintenance and updates to our tracking and communications systems
- Research on housing, homelessness and economic development
- Assist with the logistical management of the Housing Solutions Campaign, a campaign focused on advocacy in support of the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program
- Represent Homes for Families on relative coalitions
- Supporting team members in other ways as requested
Preferred skills/experience of intern:
- Experience and/or passion around issues of social justice, housing stability, and racial justice
- Personal experience with homelessness a plus
- Past experience working in an office setting
- Strong work ethic
- Good writing and editing skills
- Computer skills including Microsoft Excel and the Microsoft office suite, and social media platforms
- Ability to take notes, share information
Stipends and Scheduling:
We do not currently have funding budgeted for a stipend, but would be willing to consider a stipend if the intern has experienced homelessness or has economic barriers.
We can be flexible with dates and scheduling, though prefer to place interns September 2019 – May 2020.
Submit resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Peck, Director of Operations and Member Engagement: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Shelter Association is Hiring!
Program: Individual Emergency Shelter
Title: Housing Search Specialist
Reports to:Director of Clinical Services
Function of Work: Under the general direction of the Director of Clinical Services, the Housing Search Specialist focuses on activities aimed at securing affordable permanent housing to people living in the LSA emergency shelter for unaccompanied adults.
Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree preferred, Associates with relevant experience will be considered. Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License
Experience: minimum of 2 years of housing search experience with homeless or low income populations.
- Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Applications
- Ability to work independently and relate to all levels of the organization
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of HUD and DHCD regulations
- Familiarity with Fair Housing Law
- Work with case managers at the ES and CSPECH to conduct thorough housing assessment for LSA clients.
- Maintain detailed data for all LSA clients and their housing related needs; including a record of all housing applications submitted, barriers to housing needing to be addressed, the plan for doing so and progress made.
- Attend staff meetings and case conferences to coordinate activities with case managers.
- Identify sources of funds to cover first, last month’s rent and security deposit for re-housing.
- Develop, maintain, and expand database of landlords, property management companies, regional lotteries for all affordable housing units through community outreach and networking.
- Serve as key point of contact with landlords, realtors and potential housing partners.
- Mediation between landlords and tenants as needed, negotiate leases on behalf of LSA clients.
- Offer training to clients and staff on fair housing, rights and responsibilities of tenancy in Massachusetts.
- Document housing plans and progress in client files.
The requirements described here are representative of what must be done to successfully perform the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job function.
- Regularly required to sit, walk, stand, bend, and stoop to access information and materials in file cabinets shelves and closets
- Normal range of hearing and vision is required in this position with or without correction
- Must be able to work with background distractions
- Frequently requires use of equipment such as telephone, copiers, computers and fax machine
- Ability to quickly walk up three flights of stairs
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a culturally diverse population of clients, other care providers, family and community members
- Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team
- Organized and detail oriented
- Ability to function under pressure
- Ability to be flexible, open and responsive to crisis management
If you are interested in working at Lynn Shelter Association, please contact us at HR@lsahome.org
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