Housing Advocacy Coordinator – KCSDV, Topeka -May 2022
Position: Housing Advocacy Coordinator
Responsible To: Rural Collaboration and Housing Advocacy Manager
Primary Responsibilities: Work statewide with domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy programs (DV/SA programs) to reduce the disparate impact of co-occurring domestic and sexual violence and homelessness to improve housing and economic stability for survivors. The project will serve survivors who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness due to COVID-19 pandemic. Continue collaborative relationships with Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition and local housing providers and participate on committees related to housing and homelessness. Work with DV/SA programs and allied professionals to strengthen and formalize their collaborations with local housing providers.
• Coordinate KCSDV’s Rapid Rehousing (RRH) and Homeless Prevention (HP) programs.
• Assess survivors at program entry to jointly develop a strengths-based, goal-driven action plan that promotes permanent housing and self-sufficiency in the future.
• Support survivors to ensure services are individualized, culturally relevant, survivor-focused, trauma-informed, racially equitable, and otherwise appropriate.
• Gather and become familiar with information and resources from national technical assistance providers on the impact COVID-19 has had on homelessness for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
• Ensure quality standards for housing placement and supportive services are met and sustained.
• Become familiar with housing laws and regulations that impact the project and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
• Evaluate and implement culturally responsive, trauma-informed financial literacy/ empowerment curricula for use by DV/SA programs.
• Provide ongoing training and technical assistance to DV/SA programs related to best practices when working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence experiencing homelessness, building capacity around housing advocacy, financial literacy, and economic justice.
• Deliver training to homelessness and housing providers on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and trauma-informed responses.
• Maintain records for each survivor participating in RRH/HP projects.
• Utilize a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) comparable database to ensure accurate and consistent data collection and analysis for required project documentation and aggregate reporting.
• Work with survivors to locate and secure appropriate housing, assist with landlord negotiations, rental applications, and leases when needed.
• Support DV/SA programs to increase landlord engagement in their communities.
• Develop a referral network of services and support for survivors and DV/SA program advocates.
• Assist with other KCSDV duties as assigned.
Additional Benefits: Health, dental, life, and long- and short-term disability insurance, Section 125 mini-flex plan, and 401K plan contribution.
Employment Status: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: This position offers a collegial working environment in our offices in downtown Topeka, KS.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Needed: Previous experience advocating for survivors of domestic and sexual violence or knowledge of homelessness and housing resources. Ability to work collaboratively with systems and professionals to impact responses and programming as it intersects with the needs of survivors experiencing homelessness. Ability to develop materials and train on topics relevant to this position. Proven writing skills. Ability to work as a team. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to travel and have means of own transportation. Bilingual preferred. Must be able to lift and carry 20-30 lbs.
KCSDV is an equal opportunity employer. KCSDV does not consider race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or marital status in employment decisions. It is our policy to maintain a nondiscriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment, or bias based upon these grounds.