Job Opening: Housing Specialist

The North Country Center for Independence (NCCI) is seeking a Housing Specialist for a statewide pilot program to provide housing subsidies to individuals transitioning or diverting from institutional settings to the community. The Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) program is a project of the New York Association on Independent Living funded by the NYS Department of Health.
• Identify housing opportunities for individuals who are in need of housing in order to leave a nursing home, as well as for those who have unstable housing after leaving a nursing home.
• Assist eligible Olmstead Housing Subsidy participants through all steps necessary for enrollment, including: filling out housing applications, obtaining household goods and/or support for moving expenses, arranging unit inspections, etc.  
• Work with applicants and/or his/her Transition Specialist, Service Coordinator (SC), Nursing Home Discharge Planner, Care Manager (CM), natural support, or advocate in order to ensure that a support services plan is in place for program enrollment.  
• Conduct follow-up after subsidy is initiated including but not limited to verifying occupancy of unit and continued eligibility for program.
• Work to identify landlords, public housing, and private housing in the region which may be suitable for individuals enrolled in the OHS program in the future.
• Maintain a list of available housing in the region, including degree of accessibility, location, proximity to services, and rental costs.  
• Track and report on all activities using the statewide project database.
• Professional experience in housing, community organizing, Independent Living, long term care, and/or disability rights strongly preferred.
• Knowledge of state and local housing policies, practices, laws and issues impacting seniors and people with disabilities preferred.
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Excellent organizational and computer skills; energetic self-starter; ability to travel in NYC and possibly nearby regions.
• An equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the position may be substituted.
• Personal experience with disability a plus.
Salary: $28,000 per year (full time position) and benefits package available
Robert Poulin at
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