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Simpson Housing Services Inc Diversion Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Why Work For Simpson? Our Mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. We believe that everybody has the right to safe and affordable housing; we strive to strive to create a collaborative community with the individuals we serve, within Simpson, and with the greater community; and we advocate against the injustices of society that cause homelessness and poverty. On a daily basis, we celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and dignity of every person and encourage people to draw upon their strengths and promote the power of self-advocacy. Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Simpson has since become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to un-met community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. At any given time, we provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 200 families with over 400 children. COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY and RACIAL JUSTICE Simpson Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to the principles of diversity. Diversity continues to be our primary focus in staffing and hiring, as it is important to us that our staff demographics be representative of the population demographics whom we serve. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. How Can You Contribute? Diversion will be utilized at the front door of the homeless response system as a client centered, housing first, empowerment approach to prevent homelessness. Single Adults seeking emergency shelter through the Adult Shelter Connect will be helped to identify immediate alternate housing arrangements and, if necessary, a connection to services and financial assistance to help them return to housing. The diversion program will help our community achieve better outcomes by reducing the number of households becoming homeless, improve the ability of our homeless response system to target shelter resources effectively, and most importantly, help individuals avoid an episode of homelessness. This position will utilize a variety of strategies to divert individuals seeking shelter and will work to empower persons to chart their own path back to stable housing and then assist in implementing that path. The Diversion Specialist will work with individuals seeking shelter to: 1. Identify and implement strategies that will prevent them from having to actually enter shelter. 2. Secure permanent housing (if the immediate alternative to shelter isn t permanent). This is a full-time position that includes primarily daytime hours but some evenings and weekends may be necessary. Participant populations include those with chemical dependency, criminal histories, trauma, grief, and/or mental health issues. Employee must be knowledgeable about and able to respond effectively to the complexities of individual s lives and the challenges and conditions associated with homelessness. Positions Available: 2 Full-Time, Salaried Positions Available Responsibilities Provide quality service to individuals: - Engage in an empathetic, non-judgmental way with people in stressful situations, to establish rapport and help individuals resolve their immediate housing crisis. - Ability to work in emergency situations. - Use conflict resolution and mediation skills. - Use strong organizational skill to efficiently organize records, track data, and provide written reports. - Empower individuals to use their own ability to weigh and consider options, advocate for their needs, and act on their own behalf. - Provide community resources and possi