Canadian Mental Health Association Supportive Housing Stability Worker (Part-time, Six-Month Contract) Part Time in London, ON

Canadian Mental Health Association

Branch London ON CA

Supportive Housing Stability Worker (Part-time, Six-Month Contract)
London, ON

Sound knowledge of computer skills and office technology (will be required to maintain notes on client database (Roxy), use Word, Outlook, internet searches and…

Job Summary:
The Supportive Housing Stability Worker (SHSW) will establish and maintain relationships within the marginalized homeless population with a focus on assisting individuals who experience persistent and chronic homelessness to achieve housing stability. This is a part-time, temporary contract position, approximately six months in length, with an anticipated end date of mid-December 2015.

The successful candidate must have a Police Vulnerable Sector Check completed in the last six months. In order to avoid delays in beginning a position, interested applicants in need of a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) are encouraged to apply for one as soon as possible as PVSCs in the City of London are currently taking approximately five weeks to be processed and offers of employment cannot be made without receipt of a PVSC.

Job Description and Primary Responsibilities:
Direct Service

Designated Primary Worker for 5-10 clients, which includes supporting clients to secure housing of their choice, ensuring that client needs are being met and supporting the client to maintain housing

In addition to the responsibilities of the Primary Worker, SHSW’s will fulfill the following with all clients of Housing First:

Provide intensive support including regular, continuous contact with the client for three months, and periodical follow up for one year

Coordinate recreational community outings and activities to enhance clients’ quality of life and further connect clients to their community

Advocate, refer and connect clients with appropriate services, supports, and resources (formal and informal) based on their needs.

Support client with physical and mental health concerns, and liaise with clinical staff

Assist clients to complete an Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) or Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT) and work towards goals based on their strengths, abilities, needs and preferences

Provide health teaching about mental illness and symptom management

Assist clients to successfully remain in the apartment, providing prevention and diversion strategies to avoid homelessness

Crisis prevention and intervention, reduce the utilization of Emergency Medical Staff (EMS), Emergency Room visits, days in hospital, days incarcerated

Communication and Decision Making

Support landlords as necessary in conjunction with the individual, provision of landlord mediation

Professionally liaise with community workers and agencies regarding CMHA Middlesex programs

Ensure effective communication with director, coordinator, staff team, external treatment teams, service providers and natural supports in regards to individual client’s progress

Identify, promote resolution, and management of all emergency situations concerning clients, staff, and property

Complete required documentation as per agency standards

Other duties as required

Qualifications / Requirements:
Degree or diploma in a health or social science discipline

Knowledge of and experience working with individuals with a serious mental illness in a community setting and social housing

Specialized knowledge of the Residential Tenancy Act, the London Community Housing Strategy, property standards & City of London zoning by-laws

Excellent knowledge of community resources in London

Sound knowledge of computer skills and office technology (will be required to maintain notes on client database (Roxy), use Word, Outlook, internet searches and phone technology, etc.)

Valid Driver’s License and access to a vehicle to carry out job duties

Current, clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)

First Aid, CPR, CPI, and ASIST training are an asset

Hours of Work

49-hours over a two-week period

Hours of work will vary on a rotating schedule which will include days, evenings, and weekends

Our recruitment process allows us to learn about your previous work experience, your qualifications and your commitment to fulfilling our vision. Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by May 31, 2015, by email to: [email protected] . While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those individuals being considered for a position will be personally contacted by someone from the interview team.

2015 Nominees for the Champion Of Mental Health Awards Strategic Plan

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Employment Type: Part Time
Location: London, ON, CA
Posted on: 2015-05-22
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