Drug and Alcohol Housing Specialist (Rapid Re-Housing Program)

A. Position Location / Pertinent Information

The Housing Specialist is a supervised, full-time, exempt position that provides case management services to a caseload of 15-20 select clients who meet the criteria of the RRH Program. This position requires community based services as well as office-based services.

Employment Status: Exempt

Program Description: The Rapid Re-Housing Program provides financial assistance to families and to individuals participating in the Critical Time Intervention Program in order to quickly transition from homelessness to permanent housing.

B. Duties/ Responsibilities

  • Conduction assessments to determine eligibility for the program and evaluate participant needs and strengths
  • Develop a comprehensive, strengths based housing plan, addressing short and long term goals
  • Support participants in accessing and retaining housing
  • Conduct housing inspections as necessary, conduct lead inspections as necessary
  • Working with landlords to address barriers to housing
  • Educating clients on tenant rights and responsibilities
  • Provide eviction prevention, counseling, and advocacy
  • Meet with participants regularly, in the home and community providing life skills education, including budgeting and bill payment
  • Evaluate monthly necessary financial assistance needs of the participant
  • Provide access and connection to identified community resources, such as employment services, treatment services, educational services, and benefits
  • Build and maintain partnerships with landlords and community organizations
  • Maintain updated and accurate client files and documentation
  • Participate in staff meetings and other agency meetings, as requested

Drug and Alcohol:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of various drug and alcohol recovery strategies.
  • Assess drug and alcohol dependence and client treatment needs.
  • Be comfortable and willing to confront clients who may be chemically dependent
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different levels of care in the drug and alcohol service system.
  • Other Duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in social services related field, or relevant experience
  • Experience with case management services to vulnerable populations
  • Experience in working with those experiencing homelessness
  • Knowledge of evidenced based practices, such as motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and trauma informed care
  • Strong interpersonal and engagement skills
  • Ability to work independently and utilize critical thinking skills in decision making situations
  • Good organizational and record skills
Forward resumes to HR Administrator Adam Brandt via email at abrandt@hsi-cmhs.org
Location:   330 W. Market Street West Chester, PA 19382

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