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Young Adult Stabilization Advocate

The Young Adult Stabilization Advocate at the AIDS Action Committee will provide housing stabilization and case management services and support to newly housed homeless young adults.

Responsibilities:

1. Provide acuity based home and office based case management and housing search services to homeless young adults. Conduct assessments and reassessments and develop client centered service plans based on assessed needs. Assist clients in accessing independent housing, as applicable.
2. Provide clients with easily accessible and low-threshold services that operate within the harm reduction framework and assist clients in overcoming other barriers to service delivery and health care access. This includes assisting clients with accessing support services as-needed. 
3. Provide assistance to clients during all phases of subsidized housing application process, including completing housing applications, accompanying clients to housing related appointments and appeals and following up on the status of submitted client applications. Assist clients with all aspects of eviction prevention and accompany clients to court and appeal hearings as needed.
4. Work as part of an integrated team of mental health clinicians, peer support advocates, stabilization advocates and other relevant staff, as needed, to access services offered by all AAC programs. Facilitate access to resources that will assist clients in optimizing health outcome and moving towards self-sufficiency, including medical, housing, financial, mental health, substance use, sexual health, legal, vocational and educational services. Work as part of the Youth on Fire and Residential Department teams to ensure communication regarding program and clients. 
5. Maintain up-to-date client records including assessments, individual service plans, progress notes, clinical indicators, all other required paperwork, and electronic submission of client data in AAC's electronic database, ETO.
6. Coordinate the intake and move-in process for incoming residents, including obtaining all required documentation, scheduling move-in dates, and assisting with move-in logistics. Communicate waitlist activity to Youth on Fire staff and clients to ensure that openings are filled in a timely manner and that clients receive the support needed. Act as a liaison between residents and landlords, property management companies, local housing authorities, AIDS Action staff, volunteers and families; balance advocacy for individual residents' community at large.
7. Identify and research available apartment listings in the Greater Boston and North Shore areas that fall within program funding requirements and build working relationships with property owners that enhance the housing programs. Develop a wide-ranging resource network for supporting formerly homeless young adults in the Greater Boston area. Provide coordination, linkage and follow-up with existing service programs to maximize access to services. 
8. Participate in and facilitate housing search and skill building groups. Attend and participate in scheduled program, department, agency and collaborator meetings, supervision, and trainings. 
9. Perform other duties as required.

Requirements:

• BA or equivalent or two years' experience working with marginalized youth/young adults. 
• Commitment to harm reduction philosophy, the housing first services modality and experience delivering low-threshold, easily accessible services.
• Knowledge of youth development principles, trauma informed services, and working with GLBTQ communities. 
• Strong computer skills and proficient in the use of Microsoft Word and Outlook, as well as electronic databases required. 
• Experience working in a multicultural environment with issues that include HIV/AIDS, homelessness; active substance use, poverty, and mental health.
• Self-directed, motivated and flexible with ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills.
• Awareness and sensitivity to the confidential nature of resident's personal information and the need for strong boundaries.
• Valid Massachusetts driver's license preferred.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter, with your last name, first initial, and job title in the subject line to resumes@aac.org.