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Housing Subsidy Specialist

Company: The Arc Erie County NY
Location: Buffalo
Posted on: June 10, 2024

Job Description:

The Arc Erie County New York has been supporting children and adults with disabilities, and their families in achieving their desired quality of life by creating opportunities through comprehensive services for over 65 years.
Our Position: We are currently seeking a full-time (40 hrs) Housing Subsidy Specialist to Act as a liaison between The Arc Erie County New York, OPWDD, an individual and their team to carry out the tasks necessary to attain and maintain rental subsidies.
This position also involves:



  • Coordinates with the individual's team to complete annual recertification process including home inspections and following up on resolution of issues/concerns.


  • Review, complete, and submit packet to OPWDD, including all required documents and wage reports.


  • Monitors for changes in rent, income, utilities, household size, and any other areas that effect the subsidy amount (according to OPWDD ADM "OPWDD Housing Subsidy Program")


    Our Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. No nights, no weekends and no holidays!
    Our Rate of Pay: $25.00 per hour.
    Our Requirements:
    Bachelor's Degree in a Human Services field PLUS one year experience in the areas of HUD, Belmont Housing, Property Management, and/or working with individuals with developmental disabilities
    OR
    Associate's Degree in a Human Services field PLUS three years' experience in the areas of HUD, Belmont Housing, Property Management, and/or working with individuals with developmental disabilities
    OR
    High School or equivalent diploma PLUS five years' experience in the areas of HUD, Belmont Housing, Property Management, and/or working with individuals with developmental disabilities
    PLUS
    It is essential that the Community Support Specialist have good communication skills - both oral and written. Must have the ability to work alone and with others.
    A valid New York State Driver's License and approved driving record. Ownership or access to an insured car in good operating condition is preferred.
    Our Benefits: What can The Arc Erie County offer you? Affordable Benefit package (medical, dental & vision), excellent PTO, on-demand pay, great work-life balance, opportunity for advancement, 403b Retirement plan, positive & diverse work environment, as well as being a part of a dynamic, engaging, & fun team!
    See our full Job Description below:
    Job Description
    Job Title:
    Housing Subsidy Specialist
    Department:
    Community Habilitation
    Job Grade:
    3
    Position Summary:
    Acts as a liaison between The Arc Erie County New York, OPWDD, an individual and their team to carry out the tasks necessary to attain and maintain rental subsidies.
    Reporting Relationship:
    Receives direct supervision from the Coordinator of Community Supports & Services.
    Job Duties and Responsibilities:


    • Obtain housing packet through referral process.


    • Review, complete, and submit packet to OPWDD, including all required documents and wage reports.


    • Coordinates with the individual's team to complete annual recertification process including home inspections and following up on resolution of issues/concerns.


    • Communicate between state and team regarding changes/updates/concerns with rental subsidy.


    • Maintain positive, professional relationship between agency, teams and OPWDD.


    • Work with individuals and their team to collect all necessary documents relating to rental subsidy application.


    • Follow up on any additional requests from OPWDD.


    • Works with fiscal department to ensure that rental checks are sent out within required timeframes.


    • Work to increase program enrollment to meet agency targeted budget.


    • Monitors any changes throughout the year, and amends budget as needed.


    • Completes all necessary documentation.


    • Maintains subsidy amounts for ISS per contracted amount.


    • Coordinates monthly contacts and documents in secure documentation program.


    • Meets regularly with OPWDD housing subsidy liaison.


    • Monitors for changes in rent, income, utilities, household size, and any other areas that effect the subsidy amount (according to OPWDD ADM "OPWDD Housing Subsidy Program")


    • Transports individuals as needed to complete recertification and/or stipend process.


    • Completes any other duties as assigned.


      Qualifications and Education Requirements:
      Bachelor's Degree in a Human Services field PLUS one year experience in the areas of HUD, Belmont Housing, Property Management, and/or working with individuals with developmental disabilities
      OR
      Associate's Degree in a Human Services field PLUS three years' experience in the areas of HUD, Belmont Housing, Property Management, and/or working with individuals with developmental disabilities
      OR
      High School or equivalent diploma PLUS five years' experience in the areas of HUD, Belmont Housing, Property Management, and/or working with individuals with developmental disabilities
      PLUS
      It is essential that the Community Support Specialist have good communication skills - both oral and written. Must have the ability to work alone and with others.
      A valid New York State Driver's License and approved driving record. Ownership or access to an insured car in good operating condition is preferred.
      Essential Job Functions:


      • Physical demands and Exposure Risk outlined on attached form (A)


      • Mental Requirements:


        The ability to read, write, analyze, be perceptive/comprehensive, show good judgment, have good math & decision skills, independent action, planning & prioritizing and follow directions. Work independently as well as cooperatively with others. Be approachable, enthusiastic, personable, work under pressure and meet job related deadlines accordingly.

        • Human Relations Skills:

          The ability to communicate with individuals in a positive manner. Receive supervision instruction in a positive manner. Adhere to and administer Agency's policies, procedures, rules and regulations. Maintain a professional attitude and appearance at all times.

          • Equipment Operation:

            The ability to operate computer, copier, fax machine.
            Agency Principles:


            • All staff members will assure and demonstrate the promotion of fundamental rights and protections for the people that we support. These include practices that treat people with dignity and respect at all times, ensure safety, best possible health/well-being and provide the person with continuity and personal security through the use of natural supports, positive relationships and opportunities for integration in the community. Staff members should also advocate and work toward assisting the people we support through person-centered planning to achieve the personal outcome goals that they have chosen by facilitating the plans and positive supports necessary to assist the person in progressing toward each outcome.


            • Demonstrates the agency values of integrity, respect, responsibility, trust, teamwork, positive attitude, learning and honesty in working with students (persons), families, colleagues and members of our community.


            • Good attendance is vital for the efficient and effective operation of quality programming and is an essential job function of this position.


              This position is NON-EXEMPT from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standard Act.
              The Arc Erie County New York retains the right to change this job description at any time.
              I have received and reviewed the above job description and essential physical demand form.
              I can perform the assigned job duties. I agree to the job responsibilities therein.
              ______ WITHOUT reasonable accommodations.
              _______WITH reasonable accommodations.
              If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please explain:

              Signature Date
              "The Arc Erie County New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer"
              The Arc Erie County New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strong advocate of workforce diversity. Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran.
              Job Details
              Job Family Arc Erie
              Pay Type Hourly
              Hiring Max Rate 25 USD

Keywords: The Arc Erie County NY, Buffalo , Housing Subsidy Specialist, Other , Buffalo, New York

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