The mission of New Moms is to express the love of God by surrounding young moms and their children with all they need to transform their lives. New Moms is a 35 year old nonprofit organization, with a budget of about $4 million and a staff of about 50, focused on serving young moms in Chicago and the near western suburbs. New Moms’ model provides a comprehensive range of services to young moms and their children including supportive transitional housing, workforce development, early childhood services, and parenting support and education. New Moms’ headquarters is located on the west side of Chicago in the Austin neighborhood. Our social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, which provides paid transitional jobs for young moms, is located nearby in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. We also have a building in Oak Park serving the near western suburbs.
New Moms’ Benefits: We offer a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees including health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance; matching on retirement savings up to 3%; 14 paid holidays; and generous paid time off. We also offer several unique benefits to New Moms: discounts on Bright Endeavors products, free optional spiritual direction services, and half days on Fridays in the summer.
Our Commitment to Equity: New Moms was founded to break the cycle of generational poverty for young moms and their children. We pursue equity and inclusion in every aspect of our work including hiring, program services, and through our strategic partnerships. We strive to attract extraordinary professionals, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission.
About the Job:
The full-time Housing Locator Specialist is a key member of the housing team, whose primary responsibility is to identify and cultivate housing opportunities to support families’ transition from transitional housing to housing in the community. S/he will be developing relationships with landlords, identifying housing that is suitable to maximize permanent housing success and then provide 6-months of short-term support services to families exiting from transitional housing in the community. S/he will also provide housing retention support 15 families in scattered site permanent supportive housing. This role works collaboratively with the Housing team and external partners to achieve program goals. This position is located at New Moms in the Austin neighborhood, and spends extensive time in the community. Salary: $38-42k DOE.
Key Job Responsibilities Include:
Works with participants to develop housing exit plans by meeting with them episodically during their 24-month residency with intensive services in the last 6-months before exit to help ensure they exit to permanent housing.
Identifies housing that is suitable to the individual needs of each participant including permanent supportive housing, low-income and market rate units and provides these resources to participants exiting from transitional housing participants to maximize the permanent housing success of participants.
Conducts outreach and engagement with landlords, permanent supportive housing and other subsidized housing programs to identify potential housing options that meet the needs of participants according to individualized service plans (via cold calls, follow-ups, unplanned drop-ins, in person meetings, email/mailed communication).
Works collaboratively with the housing team staff to support exit planning and appropriate resources that meet the needs of participants.
Assists with House Meetings on a monthly basis, and facilitates other workshops as assigned.
Once families’ exit transitional housing, provides short-term support services for up to 6-months post exit to maximize housing by providing a monthly home visit and a monthly phone call that is focused on eviction prevention, crisis prevention, linkages and other supports to help ensure stability in the community.
Completes retention phone calls for up to 24-months post exit to permanent housing.
Acts as the liaison for all parties (landlords, property managers, CHLIFT team) including documentation, mediation and other related supports with the goal of keeping families housed.
The successful candidate will posses:
Commitment to and passion for the mission of New Moms.
Bachelor Degree required.
2 years in a social service setting required.
Preference given to those with 3+ years of case management, outreach experience or other related experience.
Broad knowledge of housing resources; experience working with landlords and housing residents with substantial barriers required.
Expertise in an array of housing subsidy programs including low-income, PSH and Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Programs.
Endorses a “Housing First” philosophy which focuses on a Family-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Strengths-Based practice model that integrates harm reduction, motivational interviewing, executive skills functioning and positive youth development practices in working with young moms and their children required.
High attention to detail and results-oriented approach to the work.
Sound professional judgment and analytical ability, as well as the desire to work in a socially- and psychologically-pressured environment.
Experience in the use of personal computers and Microsoft software applications.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and in writing.
Ability to manage multiple responsibilities, projects, and deadlines concurrently.
Dynamic relationship-building skills to create and sustain fruitful relationships internally and externally.
Daily access to a reliable car with valid insurance.
Must have a valid driver’s license.
Ability to work 1 evening per week and be on-call after hours on a rotating schedule.
About New Moms
Our mission is to express the love of God by surrounding young moms and their children with all they need to transform their lives.