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: $25 per hour, Kaiser paid in full for employee, voluntary dental/vision and 403b retirement plan.

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. The active case load will be 25 – 35 clients with yearly goals of 80 housing placements, 70 job placements and 150 benefit enrollments in federal, state and/or county programs such as SDI, SSI etc…

• 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 focused on housing stability and self-sufficiency.
• Facilitate client field trips to housing fairs, open houses, and other pertinent appointment s towards self-sufficiency.
• Escort as necessary for housing searches and relevant social service appointments.
• 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.
• Organize and maintain files on each client.
• Maintain accurate and updated files on clients, services provided, and client progress made on City’s databases, as well as ETO database and other database systems as requested.
• Provide monthly reports on service numbers, clients served, and achievements as well as other pertinent quantitative outcomes to Supportive Services Supervisor, Program Director, and other executive staff
• 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.
• Ability to work as part of a team and also work independently.
• 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, MSC South,
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 email: or fax: 415-977-1271