Continuum of Care (CoC) Liaison- Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition (CRHC)

Position:

Continuum of Care (CoC) Liaison with the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition (CRHC)

Position Description

Develop relationships, improve coordination, and increase engagement with homeless service agencies and other stakeholders throughout the CoC 11 county service area. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to conducting and entering assessments, serving as a homeless advocate, coordinating outreach efforts, and serving as a housing navigator or benefits specialist. This is an AmeriCorps position.

What is AmeriCorps?

We recognize that people can serve their country in a multitude of ways, including military and civilian service. We value each and every way an individual is called to serve. AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 non-profits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Members gain valuable professional, educational and life experience that has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.

Responsibilities

Participate in monthly inter-agency meetings in each of the 11 counties in the CoC service area.

Develop relationships, improve coordination, and increase engagement with homeless service providers, victim service providers, libraries, first responders, churches, outreach teams, and other organizations that work with the homeless population throughout the CoC 11 county service area.

Participate in relevant committees and workgroups throughout the CoC service area.

Develop relationships, improve coordination, and increase engagement with each of the nine Public Housing Authorities in the CoC service area to better utilize Public Housing and Section 8 vouchers to end homelessness.

Develop relationships, improve coordination, and increase engagement with the Homeless Liaison in each of the 11 public school districts in the CoC service area.

Develop relationships, improve coordination, and increase engagement with youth service providers to better identify and serve youth experiencing homelessness.

Develop relationships, improve coordination, and increase engagement with early childhood service providers (Head Start, HUGS, Baby University, etc.) to develop partnerships and MOUs with the homeless crisis response system.

Coordinate with Healthcare providers to assists homeless persons in applying for and effectively utilizing Medicaid, Medicare, and other health benefits.

Regularly update and maintain Housing Inventory Chart (HIC) information.

Assist with the planning and execution of the PIT count throughout the CoC service area.

Develop relationships, improve coordination, and increase engagement with mainstream service providers (TANF, SNAP, SSI, HCVP, VA, Substance Abuse programs, etc.) to ensure rapid access to benefits with the goal of utilizing a “single application for three or more mainstream benefits”.

Coordinate with hospitals, mental health, foster care, criminal justice, and other stakeholders throughout the 11 county service area to develop housing crises response systems and ensure that individuals are not discharged from these systems into homelessness.

Conduct assessments over the phone and with walk-ins to start the Coordinated Entry Process for homeless individuals and families seeking housing.

Enter assessments into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Help callers and walk-ins to navigate the homeless system in order to receive a referral to a program that meets their needs.

Skill Requirements

The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, work well with clients from diverse backgrounds, approach the issues each client brings with compassion and non-judgement, possess strong interpersonal skills, be adaptable to work effectively in resource-constrained environments, and work well under pressure to resolve conflicts.

Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license will be needed to travel throughout the 11 county service area.

Physical demands needed for the position that the applicant should consider before applying include the occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs, the ability to move safely over uneven terrain, the ability to work in extreme weather conditions and the ability be on one’s feet for several hours for outreach activities.

Work Schedule & Benefits

Full-Time positions require 1700 hours to be completed over a year-long service term, serving an average of 37.5 to 40 hours per week. A living stipend in the amount of $13,732 is provided, it is taxed and distributed in payments every two weeks during the service term. The same benefits available to full-time employees are available to full-time members. A Segal educational award in the amount of $6,095 is granted when the member completes all required hours.

To learn more about CRHC visit our website at homelesscoalition.org

Email your resume to Wendy Winters at wwinters@homelesscoalition.org