Community Access leads the fight against New York City
homelessness - as a provider of quality supportive housing since 1974, and
through sustained advocacy for more housing.
The affordable housing model brings together various
populations, including individuals with psychiatric disabilities, low-income
families, veterans, and youth aging out of foster care.
Position Type: Part-Time (Evening)
Position Location: Manhattan
Position Schedule: 4pm - 11pm
The Housing Counselor oversees' a supervised transitional housing community which is a community residence program dedicated to helping people with mental health concerns move from shelters and hospitals into the community.
Essential Position Responsibilities
ADL Training and Coaching:
- In conjunction with the residents, organize socialization events and evening activities.
- Run recreation groups.
- Accompany residents on socialization activities both in and outside the site.
- One-on-one and group training and coaching on the development of essential life skills with a focus on independent living, for example, keeping your personal area clean and orderly, laundry, snack preparation and clean up, personal shopping, among other living skills.
- Provide close observation and keep accurate records of residents taking their medications.
- Observe and assist residents in packaging their medications.
- Provide coaching and follow up to foster self-medication skills
Meal Preparation and Coordination:
- Perform room checks.
- Provide hands-on assistance to residents in keeping personal area clean and orderly.
- Maintain cleanliness of site, including bathrooms, garbage disposal and kitchen cleaning.
- Assist residents with sleep hygiene (good sleep habits which promote normal, quality nighttime sleep) routine.
- Observe and document residents' interactions; provide interventions, as needed.
- Provide crisis management, as needed.
Administrative and Clerical:
- Serve pre-made nutritious meals for residents and prepare plates for those not present.
- Engage residents in meal preparation to provide hands on assistance to prepare meals, from menu selection through cooking and clean-up.
- Escort residents on food and household shopping excursions as a way to develop residents' skill and confidence.
- Answer phones, take messages, and provide routine information about
- Handle packages in accordance with package policy.
- Provide holiday coverage.
- Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
- Be skilled in conflict mediation/negotiation/resolution and have an assertive approach to problem solving
- Ability to utilize various computer programs; specifically, Microsoft Word and Excel
- Be creative and flexible
- Maintain confidentiality of information, as related to position
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Get fingerprinted and cleared by the Office of Mental Health (OMH)
- Ability to lift 40 lbs
- Understand and apply a commitment to recovery-oriented practice