St. Vincent De Paul of San Francisco

Housing Specialist

St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco
Multi-Service Center – No. California’s largest homeless shelter

JOB TITLE:                        Housing Specialist
CLASSIFICATION:          Full-time, Non-exempt, OPEIU union            
LOCATION:                        525 – 5th Street, San Francisco, CA
SUPERVISOR:                   Supportive Services Supervisor
SALARY/BENEFITS:      $20 per hour, benefits full medical (Kaiser), voluntary dental/vision


The Housing Specialist will locate housing resources and provide direct client services. The Housing Specialist will promote clients self-sufficiency and permanency into housing.  This will require administrative tasks in reviewing and maintaining a caseload of clients.  Principal duties are performed in the field and in a general office environment. 


  • Develop plan for obtaining housing including financial and self-sufficiency case management plan with clients by performing intake to determine client’s goals, needs and eligibility.
  • Create, develop and maintain informational resources for clients, including current housing listings.
  • Seek, develop and build relationships with property managers and community agencies to support clients.
  • Provide information and referral assistance regarding available support from social service and/or community resources (i.e. GA, SSl, SF Start).
  • Assist clients in developing a personal budget through budget counseling and education.
  • Assess and identify client strengths and barriers to housing stability and link them to appropriate resources and services.
  • Maintain current knowledge of residential lease and rental contracts and educate clients on rights and responsibilities.
  • Facilitate support groups.
  • Organize and maintain files on each client.
  • Maintain accurate daily records using ETO database. Collect and report data as required.
  • Provide follow-up home visits to ensure stability and progress in self-sufficiency including support, advocacy and problem solving. Identify resources to assist with success and integration into the community.
  • Escort as necessary for housing searches and relevant social service appointments.
  • Provide written and verbal translation as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA/BS in Human Services or related field or a minimum of a two year degree with two years of related experience required.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills. Spanish speaking desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community resources and social service agencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to open, direct, and non-violent communication.
  • Strong reporting skills including data entry, Excel and Word processing.
  • Detail oriented and organized.
  • Adaptability and creative problem solving.
  • Knowledge in tenant rights and strength based case management.
  • Comfort working around a diverse community including LGBTQQ and varying ethnicities.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work both independently and cooperatively.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and work collaboratively with clients, volunteers and staff.
  • Commitment to the mission of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco.



The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, Riley Center
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction history.

Interested applicants please send a cover letter with your resume for consideration to:
Lois Dutton, HR Director by or fax: 415-977-1271