Lantern Community Services
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Job Title: Housing Specialist

Reports to: Director of Social Services

Status: Full-time

Classification: Non-exempt

Job Location: Washington Heights

Work Hours: Mon Fri, may include some weekends, based on business needs


Lantern Community Services is seeking an Interim Housing Specialist for our men's shelter in Long Island City. The duration of the assignment may be until November 2020 and could lead to extended employment. The Interim Housing Specialist will be part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary team aimed at stabilizing shelter clients by improving their independent living skills and assisting them to move towards rapid re-housing goals. The interim Housing Specialist is responsible for helping clients find permanent housing and become self-sufficient. Services provided to clients will include assisting with orienting to the housing search process, including training on how to conduct an apartment search, how to interview for an apartment, and how to complete housing applications. Additionally, the Interim Housing Specialist will escort the clients to housing-related appointments and provide direct assistance to the clients during the final moving-out phase.


  • Conducts the housing intake and housing assessment interviews for all new clients.
  • Adheres to DHS time frames for permanent housing placement.
  • Assists with the completion of the housing portion of the initial service plan/independent living plan and any necessary revisions.
  • Assists assigned Case Managers to complete and submit HRA-2010E applications and obtain related paperwork.
  • Assists with the completion of housing reports and in gathering and organizing any statistics and demographic information requested by funders.
  • Presents workshops for clients to educate them about the housing process and the skills needed to secure and maintain permanent housing such as budgeting and credit development and repair.
  • Develops new housing resources and educates clients about available benefits such as subsidies and vouchers.
  • Escorts clients to view apartments and other appointments as needed.
  • Assists clients in moving into permanent housing by providing support such as attending lease signings, assisting with applications for one-shot deals, providing moving assistance, etc.
  • Provides additional information and instruction on the skills required to secure and maintain permanent housing, such as how to create and maintain a household budget.
  • Participate in housing meetings, case conferences, staff meetings, and other meetings/training as assigned.
  • Documents all counseling, escorting, referral, and discharge planning activities in client charts.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor's degree in social services or related field preferred.
  • One year of experience required assisting homeless or difficult to serve populations find housing.
  • Experience providing services to individuals with mental illness, substance use, chronic health conditions, and/or homelessness.
  • Sensitivity to issues involved in working with a diverse organization.
  • Must have initiative, the ability to work well under pressure, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Bilingual skills in English and Spanish are a plus.
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