Chicago House empowers persons living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS to lead healthy and dignified lives, through housing and compassionate, client-centered support services.
CLASSIFICATION STATUS: Exempt
Ability to case manage a diverse population of formerly homeless individuals in a supportive scattered-site housing program
Ability to complete home visits to clients’ homes
Ability to respectfully interact with clients and landlords
Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team
Ability to respond to emergencies and be on call as required
Ability to work from a harm reduction approach
Ability to learn and use database systems
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Process housing referrals from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) including confirming and documenting eligibility, and coordinate placement of clients into housing units
Conduct comprehensive psychosocial assessments of clients’ needs and create a service plan required to meet those needs utilizing input from the client, medical personnel, staff, and others as appropriate
Routinely assess client’s progress toward meeting goals and engage client in motivational enhancement as needed
Provide intensive case management services that focus on improving consumers’ health outcomes, quality of life indicators, and long term housing stability.
Make referrals to link residents to community services, advocate for access to needed services as needed
Serve as client’s advocate in the procurement of benefits and entitlements
Complete and facilitate discharge of program participants, including method for follow-ups
Develop relationships with community based and other agencies that provide supportive services necessary to ensure adequate resources for clients
Develop and maintain working relationships with landlords
Maintain client files in accordance with Chicago House, AFC, IDHS, HUD, & Council on Accreditation policies
Attend and participate in appropriate staff meetings at Chicago House and AFC.
Report health and/or behavior changes of clients to the Program Manager
Use corresponding database(s).
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, Master’s preferred.
Must have consistent access to a vehicle to complete home visits.
Experience in using Motivational Interviewing preferred.
Experience in Trauma Informed Care preferred.
Previous housing experience and familiarity with chronic disease preferred
Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
Team oriented work style
Proven ability to collaborate successfully across diverse cultural and social communities
Chicago House is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, sex assigned at birth, arrest record, HIV status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
About Chicago House and Social Service Agency
Chicago House was founded in 1985 by a small group of community activists who saw that their friends and family members were losing their homes due to the financial, social and medical challenges associated with HIV/AIDS.
To provide community-based housing and supportive services responsive to the changing needs of individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.
All Chicago House services are provided without discrimination, and are explicitly designed to respect and preserve the dignity and independence of all clients.