Common Ground Street to Home Manhattan - Housing Advocate in New York, New York

Job Description:

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 Common Ground's partnership with the Manhattan Outreach Consortium). Specifically, s/he 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 his/her 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 Clinical Coordinator, and partner agencies to prepare clients for permanent housing.


  • 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 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:


  • Undergraduate degree strongly preferred


  • Preference given to those with experience working among homeless men and women


  • Excellent interpersonal and problems solving skills
  • Preference given to those bilingual in Spanish and English

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATION * Valid NY state driver's license


  • 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 responsibilties. This position will require street outreach and engagement of homeless individuals. Available shifts may include 5:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. *

**Common Ground is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Title: Street to Home Manhattan - Housing Advocate

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: New York, NY

Post Date: 06/19/2017