Housing Advocate-Manhattan Project 16

Breaking Ground

Job Description

Housing Advocate-Manhattan Project 16

1359 Broadway, New York, NY 10018, USA

Req #638

Friday, July 10, 2020

ABOUT US: - We believe that everyone deserves a home!Breaking Ground operates nearly 4,000 units of housing across New York City, along with housing in upstate New York and Connecticut. Supportive housing - affordable housing paired with services designed to help people maintain their homes for the long-term - is widely recognized as a proven and cost-effective solution to chronic homelessness.

But we didn't stop at providing housing. Breaking Ground's programs and services help people experiencing street homelessness - especially those who have been on the streets the longest - to come indoors. Through our Street to Home outreach program and transitional housing resources, we help people get, and stay, on the path to a permanent home.

The Housing Advocate will contribute to solving homelessness by providing supportive case management and housing placement services to chronic street homeless individuals in our Manhattan catchment area (As defined through Breaking Ground’s partnership with the Manhattan Outreach Consortium). Specifically, they will work with the client to deliver comprehensive housing placement and case management services that include but are not limited to obtaining a TB test, securing income (in collaboration with the Entitlements Unit), obtaining identification, completing psychosocial assessments, facilitating psychiatric evaluations, complete the HRA 2010e and other appropriate housing applications, and to secure safe haven, stabilization bed, and ultimately permanent housing placement. Housing Advocate will build a relationship with client utilizing motivational interviewing to encourage client to work towards permanent housing. The Housing Advocate will also work with anyone who is street homeless in the Street to Home catchment area to the extent that it is in compliance with program operations and agency mission. The Housing Advocate is required to respond to 311's during their shift and canvass for clients during cold/hot weather alerts. The Housing Advocate will work closely with clients, members of the Street to Home team, including the Team Leader, and partner agencies to prepare clients for permanent housing.

This position’s hours are: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm for either Tuesday-Saturday or Sunday-Thursday.


  • Engage chronically street homeless individuals on the streets of Manhattan

  • Assess clients for appropriate housing environment

  • Complete housing applications

  • Escort clients to appointments to obtain benefits, medical checkups, etc.

  • Communicate with team members through progress notes, program databases, reports, staff meetings, and weekly clinical supervision

  • Liaison with other service providers on behalf of clients

  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

  • Preference given to those with experience working among homeless individuals

  • Excellent interpersonal and problems solving skills

  • Preference given to those bilingual in Spanish and English

  • Valid New York State driver's license with driving record that is in good standing

  • Maintaining a good driving record (as defined by the organization) is a condition of employment

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel) and Microsoft Access database

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced, dynamic team environment and willingness to shift easily between various responsibilities

  • This position will require street outreach and engagement of homeless individuals.


  • 1359 Broadway, New York, NY 10018, USA

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