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Housing Program Specialist, Emergency Housing Voucher Program - LOMPOC and SANTA MARIA

MUST BE AVAILABLE TO WORK IN LOMPOC AND SANTA MARIA OFFICES - OPEN RECRUITMENT
Full-Time: 78 HOURS BI-WEEKLY
Salary: $1,918.13 Bi-weekly, plus benefits
Closing Date: OPEN UNTIL FILLED

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Housing Programs Specialist for the Emergency Housing Voucher Program performs a wide range of activities related to determining and documenting participant eligibility, income, rent and contractual relationships with owners in support of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) operations. The Housing Specialist may perform admissions, re-certifications, interim adjustments, rent increases and mediate both participant and landlord issues that arise. This position maintains a specialized caseload of participants who have struggled with chronic homelessness, are at risk of homelessness and have mental and physical disabilities. Fair housing training and the ability to demonstrate fairness, patience, compassion and respect is essential.

Essential functions include but is not limited to conducting comprehensive review of client case files to ensure eligibility determinations, rental assistance calculations, case management activities and documentation are accurate, complete and in accordance with Agency policies; obtain EIV and/or third party VOE's; issue vouchers and brief voucher-holders, emphasizing housing opportunities outside areas of minority and low income concentration; receive requests for tenancy approval, inspection reports, rent reasonableness determinations and leases; schedule annual re-certifications in a manner that ensures notices of rent increase are provided to participants at least 30 days before the anniversary date; coordinate HQS inspections; respond timely to allegations of program violations - drug related criminal activity, violent criminal activity, activities that threaten the health or safety of residents and gang related activity; fraud allegations, income discrepancies.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

  • 24 CFR Parts 5, 902, 903; and 982; current HUD PIH Notices
  • Conflict management and team building skills
  • Non-discrimination Laws and Fair Housing compliance; Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  • Microsoft Office; Excel, MS Word, Outlook
  • Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System - HUD YARDI software

Ability to:

  • Speak and read English/Spanish is highly desirable but not required.
  • Follow established procedures and recommend improved processes.
  • Interpret and analyze regulations and procedures.
  • Clearly explain Housing Authority programs, procedures and activities.
  • Work with minimum day-to-day supervision.
  • Prioritize tasks; organize work assignments to ensure timely completion of projects.
  • Work well under pressure under stressful deadline-driven situations.

Physical Conditions:

  • Stationary position 90%. May occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets and office machinery.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine and computer printer.
  • Frequently communicates with others. Moderate to light lifting and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Environmental Conditions:

  • Indoors in a climate-controlled environment.
  • Moderate noise with exposure to talking, music, telephones, printers and frequent interruptions.
  • Working in a confined area with or without windows; exposure to florescent lights and computer screen for an extended period.
  • Public contact.

Education:

  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent with specialized work in general office practices such as typing, filing, accounting and bookkeeping.

Experience:

  • Two years of experience working in a government-subsidized benefits program; preferably at a public housing agency.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Submit a resume and an online employment application using this link https://www.hasbarco.org/employment-application no later than 4:00 PM on the Closing Date of this job announcement.


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