Housing Navigator

Sasamans Society - Campbell River, BC (30+ days ago)

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Sasamans Society is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual for position of Aboriginal Housing Navigator (AHN). This F/T position will be based out of Campbell River, B.C., 5 days (35 hrs) per week. The purpose of the AHN program is to assist Indigenous peoples (families, couples, individuals, including youth and Elders) find suitable and affordable housing. The AHN will assist those in understanding tenancy rights & responsibilities when seeking rental accommodations and throughout tenancy. Persons aided by this service may include individuals & families involved with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) and/or Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD); Single parents with children leaving violent relationships; Youth aging out of government care and individuals who may be couch surfing, residing in shelters/hotels or on the street.

DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Supporting service users in locating safe, secure and affordable housing;
  • Assist service users in setting up appointments and viewing rental properties; completing private rental housing applications; completing BC Housing and M’akola Housing applications and assist in securing furniture and household items as necessary;
  • Advocate on behalf of service users with MSDPR and/or MCFD; BC Housing; M’akola Housing and other relevant organizations/agencies;
  • Liaise and partner with local and provincial housing advocacy groups and agencies;
  • Attend community housing coalition meetings and initiatives that are committed to poverty reduction and community housing needs.

POSITION COMPETENCIES:

  • Preference will be given to individual with a social work degree or recognized human/social service diploma and demonstrated related working experience;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture (Indigenous ways of knowing & being) and the impact of colonization on Indigenous families and communities;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills; demonstrated planning and organizing abilities and creative problem solving is a must;
  • Knowledge and understanding of BC Residential Tenancy Act is an asset;
  • Knowledge of community resources is an asset;
  • Understanding of BC Income Assistance program and understanding of BC Housing & M’akola Housing policies is an asset;
  • Applicant must have own vehicle, a valid driver’s licence and must be willing to submit a driver’s abstract;
  • Applicant must successfully undergo a Criminal Record Check.

Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry.

Please send Cover Letter and Resume to:

Lori Bull, Executive Director

680 Head Start Crescent, Campbell River, B.C. V9H 1P9

Deadline to apply: Friday, April 26th, 2019 – 12 Noon

Only those shortlisted will be contacted

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Social Work: 2 years (Preferred)

Education:

  • DCS / DEC (Preferred)

Licence:

  • Drivers Licence (Required)