EMPLOYMENT

HOUSING RELOCATION COUNSELOR

Position Overview 
The United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) housing relocation counselor will work under the guidance of the Housing Relocation Director and will be responsible for ensuring homeless clients and people at risk of homelessness are relocated to decent, safe and affordable housing. This person will work with all other staff of UCHC and our partners at Michigan Legal Services (MLS), to assist households as needed.  Service delivery will depend on client eligibility and funding sources at any given time.  

Responsibilities 

  • Interview clients who have a pending eviction or who are homeless to determine the causes of their situation, needs, and ability to sustain future housing independently or with assistance. 

  • Locate decent and affordable housing units appropriate for each household being assisted.  

  • Refer clients to the ‘Repair Team’ for an inspection, or if necessary, inspect the housing to determine habitability to ensure federal housing quality standards are met. 

  • Negotiate rental agreements or leases, and act as an advocate for the client to meet their housing needs. 

  • Assist household in identifying and obtaining necessary resources to successfully complete their relocation. 

  • Perform all other functions necessary to relocate households and/or secure their possessions so as to avoid the loss of furniture and other items in an eviction.  

  • Maintain client confidence and protecting operations by keeping information confidential. 

  • Refer cases in need of legal help or with more complex problems to appropriate legal and staff, and with problems beyond legal problems to appropriate other staff.   

  • Prepare intake internal paperwork timely, completely and accurately. 

  • Maintain records of the case and contacts in the file suitable for file review and for anyone covering the case to have a sufficient knowledge from the file to provide assistance in your absence. 

  • Process rental assistance applications and submit to Rental Assistance Director for approval.   

  • Be aware of the programs and policies of UCHC and use those to provide comprehensive assistance to your clients.    

  • Perform other such housing related tasks as may be necessary and assigned by the executive director, including but not limited to processing rental assistance applications whether the client is relocating or remaining in their current housing. 

     

Qualifications 

  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED, and 3 years of related experience working with the homeless, at risk of homelessness, and low-income population.  A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is preferred though not required.   

  • Basic knowledge or landlord/tenant relations, rights and procedures.  

  • Experience with Microsoft Office and intermediate computer literacy.  

  • Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule of both in-office and work-from-home conditions. 

  • Be a team player who is self-motivated, possess problem solving skills and have a strong attention to detail. 

  • The ability to learn quickly and to balance multiple clients at once.  

  • Demonstrated commitment to community and the population we serve.

 

Specifics 

  • Full-time position.  

  • Salary commensurate with experience. UCHC offers generous medical benefits and time off. 

  • Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule of both in-office and work-from-home conditions. 

  • Schedule: 8:30 - 4:30 or 9:00 - 5:00 Monday - Friday, though some additional time may be required depending on court filings. 

  • Accommodations can be made to enable the selected candidate to perform the essential functions of this position. 

  • Expected start date: July 29, 2020. Applications are now being accepted and reviewed. 

  • Position open until filled.  

  • Perform other housing related tasks as needed and as assigned by the executive director. 

 

 

Applicant Instructions 
Interested candidates should send a resume, a completed employment application, cover letter, and three references to employment@uchcdetroit.org  

United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) is a nonprofit comprehensive housing assistance organization, which has provided a variety of housing-related services to Detroit's low-income residents since 1973.

The organization has worked with tenants, homesteaders, homeowners, the homeless, community organizations rebuilding neighborhoods and providing affordable housing, religious, civil rights, labor and housing advocacy organization to improve, preserve and expand affordable housing opportunities for low-income Detroiters.

Because of its long history and significant expertise as a comprehensive housing services provider in Michigan, the organization is frequently asked to provide advice to other organizations in communities across Southeast Michigan.

All service are provided to income-eligible families and individuals free of charge.

United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, UCHC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, and termination. Consistent with state and federal laws, UCHC is committed to maintaining a workplace free from the abuse of drugs and alcohol.
 

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