Homeless Outreach Worker

Powell River, BC|Full Time|Housing Programs

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Homeless Outreach Worker

PREP Community Programs is looking to hire a Homeless Outreach Worker. This is permanent, full-time position.

Overview

  • Hours: 35 hours/ week
  • Shifts: Flexible, based on need. Will include weekend and evening work as required.
  • Wages: $26.22/hr
  • Work Site: Multiple locations and in community
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Closing date: Until position is filled
  • Questions? Contact Stuart Clark at stuart@prepsociety.org

Summary:

The Homeless Outreach Worker supports members of our community who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Many may have mental health issues and /or substance use issues, and may or may not be accessing social supports. The Homeless Outreach worker will work in conjunction with Community Resource Centre Manager and Shelter Support Workers to coordinate access and supports for community members requiring emergency shelter at the Powell River Temporary Winter Shelter. Additionally, the Homeless Outreach Worker will support the PREP Housing team with coordinating access for the upcoming 40-bed supportive housing and, when the facility is open working with the supportive housing team to coordinate supports for the residents at the facility and in the community as needed. The Homeless Outreach Worker will actively participate in building a skilled, cohesive, collaborative housing support team, including demonstrated commitment to program principles and resolving conflict and negativity as it arises.

Diversity:

PREP Community Programs serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.

Program:

The homeless outreach worker will work broadly in the community to support community members experiencing homelessness in collaboration with the PREP housing team and community partners, all with an aim to end homelessness in the region. The Homeless Outreach worker will also work within the BC Housing Emergency Temporary Shelter and Rapid Response to Homelessness programs.

Emergency Temporary Shelters are emergency MAT programs opened at the request of municipal and provincial governments and in partnership with BC Housing. We view this shelter as an opportunity to promote dignity, social justice and increased citizenship for members of our community who come from a wide variety of backgrounds but who currently do not have a place to call home. The Rapid Response to Homeless program is an initiative by BC Housing to invest $291 million to build over 2,000 modular supportive housing units across B.C. for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This initiative will deliver a mix of permanent and temporary units and is a response to the growing issue of homelessness in communities throughout B.C. People living on the street and those in shelters will get priority for this program. All new modular housing buildings in the province are being provided with around-the-clock staffing to help young people, people with disabilities, seniors, and others in critical housing need.

Qualifications:

Many forms of education and experience are valued, including volunteering and lived experience of mental illness / addiction/ homelessness.

Minimum education and experience includes:

  • A Bachelor degree in Social Work is preferred, but applicants with a bachelor degree in a related field, or other relevant experience and education combinations may be acceptable
  • 3+ years of related experience with emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.
  • 1+ years’ experience in working in a community-based outreach capacity
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Key Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of housing first philosophy and interventions/ models of practice and a “systems of care” approach to ending homelessness
  • Knowledge of the housing continuum, including supported housing systems and program models for special needs populations
  • Demonstrates understanding of oppression and marginalization as related to chronically homeless individuals
  • Knowledge of the integrated concurrent disorders recovery model for working with chronically homeless individuals.
  • Knowledge of mental health diagnoses, medications, treatment and support resources
  • Knowledge of the bio-psychosocial addictions model, including stages of change and harm reduction.
  • Knowledge of diagnoses, treatment and support resources in the areas of substance use, physical health, HIV and Hepatitis C.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships
  • Identify and work to increase people’s strengths and work with people using hope-inducing strategies
  • Informally teach harm reduction strategies as well as life skills
  • Respond calmly and appropriately to problematic behaviour using an understanding of the behaviors’ context and function

Closing date: Open until position is filled.