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Homeless Outreach Coordinator

Company: Lee County, Florida
Location: fort myers
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


The Homeless Outreach Worker will identify and engage with unsheltered homeless individuals and families, connecting them with emergency shelter, housing, critical services and providing them with urgent, non-facility-based care. Outreach work is designed to develop trusting relationships to enhance access to services necessary to secure and maintain permanent housing.

Duties and Responsibilities

* Actively seeks and identifies unsheltered individuals and families within the community. * Community includes congregate sites, streets and general public locations that are outside the walls of agencies and facilities. * Will require multiple engagements building trust and relationships. * May include homeless encampments when requested by law enforcement. * Will respond to community requests for street outreach intervention. * Will establish and maintain relationships with Lee Health, jail re-entry programs, law enforcement, Lee County Schools, local non-profit service providers, faith-based organizations and the local business community to create a broad referral network. * Conducts individual assessments using Lee County's Coordinated Entry System in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for a referral to the most appropriate housing and services resources based on the individual's eligibility, vulnerability and needs. * Ensures successful linkages to appropriate community resources, mainstream programs and housing opportunities. * Assist clients with securing necessary documents and services such as identification cards, birth certificate, reinstatement of social security and food stamps.

Education, Experience, Licensing

* Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to an Associate's Degree or specialized courses/training equivalent to satisfactory completion of two years of college in Human Services, Social Sciences, or related field and two years of human services, social services, or related experience. * Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Social Science or related field is preferred. * Possession of a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record is required. * Must be able to pass a level II criminal background check. * This position requires a candidate who receives a conditional offer of employment to pass a pre-employment drug screening.

Supplemental Information

* Comfortable interacting with the homeless population in informal settings. * An understanding of harm-reduction and housing first principles. * Ability to create a compassionate, patient and empowering connection with highly marginalized and homeless populations, including individuals with mental health and substance abuse concerns. * Ability to remain calm in crisis situations and use effective problem solving skills. * Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population. * The work days and hours for this position are Monday - Friday 8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with occasional weekends * This position will require being outside in all types of weather.

DISCLAIMER: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this classification. All positions are subject to a criminal background check. A conviction in and of itself may not necessarily preclude employment.

Keywords: Lee County, Florida, Fort Myers , Homeless Outreach Coordinator, Other , fort myers, Florida

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