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HAC Social Worker

The HAC Social Worker at Family Aid Boston will work together with an employment specialist and other team members to rapidly re-house and maintain families in housing, and support them in the process of becoming economically self-sufficient. The Social Worker will carry a caseload of 15-20 families at a time, each of whom is enrolled in the program for 12-24 months. As a team member they will also do outreach to city and state agencies that serve homeless families and will work with staff of those agencies to identify, screen, and assess families eligible for the program. 

Duties & Responsibilities: 

• Meet with all referred families for initial intake to assess needs and resources, meet immediate needs, and involve other providers as appropriate for crisis stabilization. 
• Provide weekly clinical case management services and complete a bio-psychosocial assessment at intake and ongoing reassessments as required by the program.
• Determine level and type of financial support needed to house and sustain families while working towards economic self-sufficiency.
• Provide clinically sound interventions to assist family with stabilization and problem solving.
• Work as a team member with the employment specialist to develop an individual housing and stabilization plan (IHSP) that addresses immediate barriers to housing, potential for income generation, and other service areas to best meet family's needs. 
• Conduct home visits to support and assist families in implementing their stabilization plan (IHSP). 
• Conduct family and provider meetings as needed.
• Provide advocacy for basic needs and other mainstream benefits including food, medical care, etc.
• Work with families around budgeting and financial management and refer to community programs as appropriate.
• Assist family with all aspects of managing tenancy, including collaboration with landlords. Provide advocacy, consumer education, and crisis management when necessary to prevent housing disruption.
• Help family establish residential stability and strengthen connections to the neighborhood, schools, medical providers, employment services, and other resources as needed. 
• Accompany family to housing interviews and appointments. 
• Connect with area landlords, housing authorities, and management companies to develop housing resources for families.
• Monitor client progress and complete regular written documentation, reporting and data entry.
• Participate in all staff, team and clinical meetings.
• Participate in supervision and professional development.
• Implement the program's outreach strategy to include creating alerts, announcements, and information about the program throughout the homeless provider and prevention networks regarding eligibility and openings.
• Assist in the development of clinical groups and lead or co-lead these groups as needed
• Assume other responsibilities as requested by supervisor. 

Qualifications:

• MSW with 1 or more years of experience. Bilingual Haitian Creole or Spanish is a plus.
• Strong Clinical and case management background preferred
• Experience working with homeless families. 
• Ability to work with families/individuals from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds in a culturally sensitive, team oriented, and strength based approach.

Apply: hr@familyaidboston.org