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 person must be able to provide support to participants by being able to connect professionally and personally through one on one in person meetings, telephone conversations, zoom or teams apps virtual meetings to people who have been traumatized by multiple episodes of homelessness. This population of people are very resilient and very capable of successful outcomes. This candidate must also understand the realities of systemic racism. institutionalized oppression, poverty, long term homelessness, mental illness, physical disabilities, drug addiction, sexual and or physical spousal abuse and fractured family syndrome. This position utilizes a Person-Centered Approach to partner with families to enhance the quality of individual and family life. This position is part of the Supportive Housing team at Simpson Housing Services. The goals of the program are to provide stable housing and quality support services to long-term homeless families with documented disabilities. We do this by partnering with families to locate and retain stable, safe affordable housing and increase their economic resources and future earning potential.
This person should expect to learn and educate through the collaboration of supporting participating families. The Family Support Specialist must always be aware of the anti-racist approach that Simpson Housing Services has adopted.
This position will be remote during the pandemic but the office is available if necessary. Once it’s safe, in-office attendance will be required for team meetings and other programming. Further, while temporarily remote, in person attendance at SHS office will be required for this position. SHS follows established protocols to ensure a clean and safe working environment including mask wearing, social distancing and frequent sanitizing at its locations. SHS will provide necessary tech, including a laptop for remote work and google voice access and any other equipment that may be required to perform the duties of this position.
Hours for this position are flexible, and based on family support needs. Generally, you must be available for team meetings and other programming Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Occasional evenings and weekends.
Provide effective supportive services to program participants:
Partner with participants to increase family stability:
Partner with participants for housing stability:
Partner with program participants to increase financial stability:
Work as part of an effective team to meet goals of program:
Complete accurate and thorough documentation and recordkeeping in a timely manner:
Provide positive representation of SHS through public relations and networking:
Demonstrate essential knowledge, abilities and skills:
Commitment to racial equity and social justice:
Scope of Position
This position handles an intensive caseload of approximately 14 to 17 participant families. Families will be located in a mixture of site-based and scattered site housing throughout Anoka and Hennepin County. This position works with families who are referred through Hennepin and Anoka County Coordinated Entry. Participant populations may include those with physical, emotional, chemical abuse concerns, criminal background histories, parenting difficulties, generational poverty, long term homelessness and histories of under education. The program does not have a time limit however participants and Family Support Specialist are expected to work closely together to prepare participant family for life after Simpson Housing Services. This includes an emphasis on partnering on goals that will better prepare families for self-sufficiency and safe affordable housing.
Employee may provide backup coverage for other Family Support Specialists or during periods of absence or during times of increased workloads.
Employee must share in Simpson Housing Services Values:
Our Commitment to Advancing Racial Equity
We hold steadfast to our values, embracing the uniqueness and dignity of each person and speaking out against the injustices of society. Together, we are committed to working toward racial equity and ending homelessness.
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 ask the participant how they can be supported and then with the partnership of the participant develop and carry out a plan to address the discussed need.
The employee must draw on the ability to empathize, problem solve, and the ability to accept people unconditionally with an openness to new ideas, meet the participant exactly where they are at in life, do not judge or belittle but provide an effective level of support and encouragement, drawing upon your own life’s experiences.
To interpret policies and guidelines, employee must draw on analytical abilities.
The employee must understand and apply knowledge of homelessness, social support systems, identify racism, understand tenant law and support participants to set and reach tangible goals. In home visitation requires the employee to be aware of personal safety before entering the unit, while conducting the home visit and upon departure.
Essential Physical Functions
Employee must be able to hear and speak, in order to communicate with coworkers 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 lift 25 pounds on an occasional basis.
Percentage time spent away from office location:
Time inside: 60%, Time outside: 40%, Agency travel time required: 20%
Travel includes travel within the community including but not limited to participant homes, attending community meetings, and accompanying participants to appointments.
Percentage time spent in direct care (Working directly with participants): At least 15 hours of Direct Support per 40 hours work week
Type of guidance and supervision received: Will participate in weekly team meetings as well as weekly direct supervision meetings.
Number of Direct Reports: None
Number of In-direct Reports: May provide volunteer/intern supervision
Budget Responsibility: None
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