DSHS Homeless Prevention Program Specialist

State of Washington Dept. of Social and Health Services - Washington State (30+ days ago)3.4

We are recruiting for a Homeless Prevention Program Specialist, covering the Eastern Washington area, and stationed in either Yakima or Spokane.

Juvenile Rehabilitation is seeking an independent person who has implemented projects that have a wide scope that includes building relationships with community networks including state, county, and city governments, coalitions and private agencies.

This is an important job that will address the Governor's directives and initiatives to raise awareness and support solutions to end youth homelessness. Governor's Directive 17-01 states "we must ensure that no young person is discharged from a public system of care into homelessness".

We need your experience working with youth and young adults transitioning out of confinement to the community who experience unstable housing and/or homelessness.

You will implement, administer, and oversee statewide homeless relief assistance funds authorized by the 2018 Legislature. You will use your judgment and have delegated decision authority for the issuance of homeless relief funds to ensure that no youth is discharged from a public system of care into homelessness.

You will create and implement a statewide process for reviewing and approving eligible cases across Juvenile Rehabilitation which includes the ability to assess, identify, track and report youth homelessness as well as implement prevention plans for long-term solutions that promote safe and stable housing for youth exiting our system.

Some of the duties you will be responsible for

Collaborate with committees, coalitions, and statewide partnerships to address the complex problem of homelessness. Identify key stakeholders and establish relationships with agency leaders to develop and implement a comprehensive statewide homeless prevention plan for long-term solutions that promote safe, stable housing for youth exiting the juvenile rehabilitation system.
Work with the community supports to establish transitional housing programs to ensure safe, sustainable housing.
Oversee homeless relief funds that help youth to access resources to secure employment or subsidies necessary to sustain housing, build independence, and work toward self-sufficiency.
Act as an advisor to Juvenile Rehabilitation staff to properly assess, identify, track, and report youth homelessness.
Implement individualized prevention plans to create long-term solutions for safe and stable housing for youth exiting our system.
Provide recommendations to Juvenile Rehabilitation leadership for continuous improvement including regular review of statewide and national research related to reducing youth homelessness.

We are looking for someone with
A bachelor's degree and two years in a related field including planning, policy analysis, coordination, and consultation with a variety of public and private agencies, organizations, and/or levels of government and supervisory experience.

Experience working with juvenile offenders, high-risk populations and homeless populations.
History of influencing people to build relationships regarding homelessness prevention/intervention in community networks within government, coalitions, and private agencies.
Experience in implementing projects that have statewide scope and impact.
Ability to relate in an empathetic, supportive, and non-judgmental manner to young people and their families.
Knowledge of: reentry principles to promote successful reintegration to the community, Rapid Rehousing Programs, Evidence-Based and Research-Based methods for addressing homelessness.

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Questions: contact Anthony Distefano / Email: distear@dshs.wa.gov / Phone: 360-725-5825
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