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Community Living Advocate

Posted on May 29, 2019

General Summary

Benefits homelessness reduction and prevention. 12 month position. 40 hrs/wk, full benefits after 3 months, paid holidays, sick and vacation accrual.

Site Location: Santa Maria Office
Hourly Rate: Not specified
Reporting Supervisor: Deputy Director

Stress Level: --
Employment Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Filing Deadline Date: Open Until Filled

Job Dutities & Responsibilities

  • Conduct consumer intakes, needs assessments, and follow-up procedures for people who are experiencing homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness focused on the northern region of Santa Barbara County
  • Identify and utilize communication techniques that facilitate consumers' ability to communicate information, needs and goals
  • Conduct outreach to individuals and groups who are experiencing homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness in community-based locations such as, clinics, libraries, parks, mental health service providers, substance abuse treatment facilities and transportation hubs.
  • Provide independent living skills training (ILS) using Center approved curriculum.
  • Keep informed of local, state and federal benefits programs, providing assistance to consumers in determining eligibility and applying for them.
  • Provide necessary referrals to consumers with regard to support programs that will enhance their independence.
  • Provide information and advocacy to assist people with disabilities who are experiencing homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness to access available benefits, including, but not limited to, SSI/SSDI, Public Assistance, SNAP, SafePark, Medi-Cal and MTD Fare Reduction Card
  • Plan and implement Independent Living Skills training workshops when a number of consumers may benefit from similar curriculum.
  • Draft written Independent Living Plan goals with all consumers or obtain waiver and monitor consumers' progress and outcomes of services.
  • Participate in staff and unit meetings, & recommended training.
  • Participate fully as a member of a working team and promote harmonious working relationships.
  • Complete necessary paperwork as part of the Coordinated Entry System.
  • Document all services provided enter them in CIL Suite and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) on a timely basis.
  • Conduct agency business in a professional manner.

Required Qualifications

  • Familiarity with social and economic issues facing persons with disabilities
  • Familiarity with human services and benefits programs effecting persons with disabilities
  • Motivating interest in disability/independent living field
  • Excellent communication, active listening skills
  • Computer literate in MS Office, email, internet research, data entry
  • Comfortable with public speaking to medium and large groups
  • Effective organizational skills
  • Must possess mathematical calculation proficiency
  • Ability to implement training and Independent Living model of service delivery
  • Familiarity with housing and homelessness challenges and services
  • Ethical work practices: honest, dependable, team oriented
  • Reliable personal vehicle for transportation throughout the county

Preferred Qualifications

  • Personal experience with disability
  • Training in SOAR, although training will be provided as needed