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.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & RACIAL JUSTICE
Simpson Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to the principles of diversity. Diversity continues to be our primary focus in staffing and hiring, as it is important to us that our staff demographics be representative of the population demographics whom we serve. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.
How Can You Contribute?
This position is part of a program designed to assist individuals facing homelessness by providing affordable housing and case management in accordance with the mission and purpose of Simpson Housing Services.
The Passage Community Family Advocate is part of the supportive housing team at Simpson Housing Services. The goal of the team is to provide effective support services to homeless families.
Family Housing Program goals
Families will develop self-advocacy skills that will allow them to reach goals of:
Provide effective case management to program participants:
Assist participants to increase family stability:
Assist participants with housing stability:
Assist program participants to increase financial stability:
Work as part of an effective team to meet goals of program:
Complete accurate and thorough documentation and record-keeping in a timely manner:
Provide positive representation of SHS through public relations and networking:
Demonstrate essential knowledge, abilities and skills:
Scope of Position
This position handles a caseload of approximately 8 participant families residing at Passage Community and approximately 15 families participating in the RAP. This position provides more intensive weekly services to families at Passage Community and monthly services to families participating in the RAP. The families will be located at Passage Community in South Minneapolis and in scattered-site apartments in Hennepin County.
Participant populations may include those with chemical abuse issues, criminal histories (drug charges, prostitution, fraud, etc.), and/or parenting issues.
Employee may provide back up for other advocates during periods of absence or during times of increased workloads.
Essential Mental Functions
The employee, in collaboration with the participant, must determine the needs of the participants and how best to meet these needs. This means, the employee will assess a participant’s situation to be able to identify more fully the needs of the participants.
The employee must draw on the ability to empathize, problem solve, and the ability to accept people unconditionally with an openness to new ideas.
To interpret policies and guidelines, employee must draw on analytical abilities.
The employee must understand and apply knowledge of homelessness, social support systems, advocacy, tenant law and case management in terms of providing services to families in crisis.
Home visitation requires the employee to be aware of personal safety.
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 (such as apartment buildings). Employee must be able to drive a 15 passenger van.
Percentage time spent away from main office/location:
Time inside: 60%, Time outside: 40%, Agency travel time required: 20%
Travel includes travel within the community including visiting offices at Simpson Housing Services, attending community meetings, and accompanying participants to appointments.
Percentage time spent in direct care (Working directly with participants/individuals we support): 80%
Type of guidance and supervision received: Will participate in regular 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