Why Work For Simpson?
Our Mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. We believe that everybody has the right to safe and affordable housing; we strive to strive to create a collaborative community with the individuals we serve, within Simpson, and with the greater community; and we advocate against the injustices of society that cause homelessness and poverty. On a daily basis, we celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and dignity of every person and encourage people to draw upon their strengths and promote the power of self-advocacy.
Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Simpson has since become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to un-met community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. At any given time, we provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 200 families with over 400 children.
How Can You Contribute?
This position provides support to SHS scattered-site housing programs for families through recruitment of landlords, housing search, inspection and rental subsidy administration. This position works with between 150-200 landlords. This position provides intense, short term housing search for about 10-15 participants at any time. Additionally this position provides rental subsidy administration to another 80-100 participants. Participants will be located in scattered site housing throughout Hennepin County.
The goals of SHS housing programs are to provide stable housing and effective support services to homeless families and individuals.
Maintain and expand base of landlord participation:
Coordinate Housing Search:
Administer rental subsidies for scattered site:
Ensure that properties are safe for habitation:
Complete required documentation and record-keeping:
Provide expertise to help housing staff navigate landlord / tenant relationships:
Demonstrate essential knowledge, abilities and skills:
Scope of Position
Employee may provide back up for program staff during periods of absence or during times of increased workloads.
Essential Mental Functions
Employee must be able to read, write, and perform basic math and report writing functions to be able to perform the daily duties. Decisions made by the employee often require good judgment, discretion, and initiative. The employee must be able to act in a manner that provides for a positive and supportive atmosphere. The employee must have the ability to interact with a variety of people.
Essential Physical Functions
Employee must be able to hear and speak, in order to communicate with staff and participants in person, on the telephone and in writing. Employee must be able to move about the community and public places. Employee must be able to lift up to 40 pounds on an occasional basis.
Percentage time spent away from main office/location:
Time inside: 80%, Time outside: 20%, Agency travel time required: 10-25%
Travel includes travel within the community including but not limited to property inspection, housing appointments, and visits with rental property owners.
Percentage time spent in direct care: 15%
Type of guidance and supervision received: Will participate in weekly team meetings as well as bi-weekly direct supervision meetings.
Number of Direct Reports: None
Number of In-direct Reports: May provide volunteer/intern supervision
Budget Responsibility: None