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Simpson Housing Services Inc Family Advocate, FT in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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 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 and 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 provides case management services and crisis intervention to families experiencing long-term homelessness. This position works with families to improve the quality of individual lives, strengthen family functioning, and educate for more effective community living. This position is part of the supportive housing team at Simpson Housing Services. The goals of the team are to provide stable housing and effective support services to long-term homeless families. Employees may provide back up for other advocates during periods of absence or during times of increased workloads. This position handles a caseload of approximately 15 participant families. Participant populations may include those with chemical abuse issues, criminal histories (drug charges, prostitution, fraud, etc.), and/or parenting issues. Supportive Housing Program goals Families will develop self-advocacy skills that will allow them to reach goals of: - Locating and retaining stable, affordable housing. - Increased economic resources. Responsibilities Provide effective case management to program participants: - Complete intake and assist with housing placement of new participants. - Orient participants to service polices/procedures. - Meet with families at their place of residence to strengthen family functioning. - Assist participants in developing goals focused on improving stability and self-sufficiency and monitor progress. - Assist participants to connect with appropriate community resources and advocacy for goals. - Provide transportation and accompany residents to appointments related to their goals. - Follow SHS guidelines regarding participants program agreements with SHS. This can include setting up family support meetings when necessary. - Offer resources to non-participant residents of the site-base project, if applicable. Assist participants to increase family stability: - Provide on-going support, guidance, and referrals on parenting and healthy family functioning. - Support and refer participant families who are struggling with mental health concerns that are impacting their housing. - Initiate and participate in collaborative meetings with individuals from other community support programs who are providing services to families. -

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