WHO IS A YOUTH HOUSING WORKER?
The Youth Housing Worker is responsible for supporting 18 young people who will be housed on a Youth specific floor at a market housing building site on Benvoulin. The residents will be those who were homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Youth Housing Worker works with a team to build individualized care plans that include; health referral and advocacy, social connection, life skills development, employment and education support. The Youth Housing Worker provides support to clients to address quality of life issues that affect their health, wellness and connection with the community they live in and aims to achieve housing stability for each young person.
This role is a part-time, on-site, housing based case management that offers 15 hours per week, working Saturday and Sunday, 2:30pm-10:30pm within our Benvoulin Youth Housing program.
WHAT DOES A YOUTH HOUSING WORKER DO?
- Foster and maintain excellent collaborative relationships with housing, health and social service professionals addressing clients’ outstanding needs;
- Create care plans to focus on housing stability;
- Connect clients to income supports to which they are entitled: Income Assistance, Persons With Disability (PWD), GST rebates, income tax rebates, advocacy with income assistance personnel;
- Liaise with community agencies and businesses to fulfill program needs and ensure a smooth flow of information and resources;
- Provide appropriate information and referrals to appropriate agencies;
- Provide an ethical, efficient and therapeutic approach to dealing with crisis intervention in a timely manner;
- Provide safe care to the client in potentially dangerous situations;
- Prepare referral letters and offer referral information to client;
- Maintain files, case notes and daily statistics;
- Maintain timely statistics regarding contacts and activities;
- Meet regularly with Team Lead and Support Workers;
- Update information as required to assist other agencies;
- Transport clients when appropriate;
- Other duties as required.
YOUR STRENGTHS & EXPERIENCE:
- Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in a Social Services or related field, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience;
- Experience working specifically with youth and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).
- Demonstrated skill in supporting youth experiencing homelessness and a proven track record in providing quality, evidence-based services;
- Excellent computer literacy skills;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Knowledge of health and social service systems with understanding of the complexity of the income assistance system;
- Demonstrated experience working with people experiencing homelessness, including those with serious mental illness and/or addictions and complex health and social issues;
- Demonstrated experience providing mediation/conflict resolution;
- Demonstrated negotiation/communication skills;
- An ability to manage a flexible work schedule;
- Must possess a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle for business purposes and acquire liability insurance;
- Current first aid certification.
WHO IS CHMA…?
At CMHA Kelowna, we are dedicated to Mental Health in our community. No matter how old or how young, we provide support for families and individuals through programs that promote positive mental health and support recovery, while championing the elimination of barriers that can prevent people from thriving. We are a dynamic, innovative and visionary organization. We are looking for someone who shares our vision of a mentally healthy Kelowna and are passionate about making a difference in our community by bringing their particular expertise to our organization. Like what you hear…fantastic, check us out: cmhakelowna.org
CMHA KELOWNA OFFERS YOU…
- A competitive salary of $23.27/hr
- RRSP matching program
- A work life balance that actually works with you
- A culture that embodies ‘walk the talk’ form our Leadership Team
- As a non-profit, we definitely do NOT have foosball and free snacks, but what we DO have, is the ability to empower our teams, be a part of something bigger…and learning and growing in an organization that fosters transparency and trust.
As an employer, CMHA Kelowna strives to create a workplace that respects and values all individuals, minimizes bias, and promotes the equity, diversity, and inclusion of different perspectives and ideas. At CMHA Kelowna, that means welcoming diversity in mental health, race, ethnicity, and culture. It also means diverse abilities, age, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, gender identities, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. These values are embedded in the work CMHA Kelowna does every day.
We appreciate and thank all applicants for their interest, however only short-listed candidates and those legally eligible to work in Canada will be contacted.