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Housing for Health Program Specialist

It's time to make a difference.

Contribute directly to breaking the cycle of homelessness for women!

We're looking for a full-time Housing for Health Program Specialist to provide oversight to a team of interdisciplinary staff to provide field-based case management and housing placement services throughout Los Angeles County. S/he will also engage women experiencing homelessness enrolled in the Housing for Health program to establish housing linkages and placement, and provide individualized case management through the implementation of an evidence-based practice called Critical Time Intervention (CTI). The Housing for Health program serves individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness, history of trauma, and have long-standing health and mental health concerns. A successful Housing for Health Program Specialist is a strengths-based and a decisive leader as well as motivator for her/his team. This position reports directly to the Housing for Health Program Manager.


  • Provide supervision for a team of case managers through the Department of Health Services supported Housing for Health programs
  • Develop, train, and coach a team of field-based staff who will provide housing placement, case management, and treatment planning to clients who have experienced long-term homelessness, trauma, and co-occurring disorders
  • Provide clinical consultation to the Housing for Health field-based team as needed to ensure continuity of care
  • Assist clients in securing housing, basic needs, medical and mental health services including substance abuse treatment when necessary, job training access, and public benefits where eligible
  • Provide individualized case management services to clients (on-site and off-site); create individual service plans that ensure housing stability, address each clients’ needs and goals, identify and provide needed resources and referrals
  • Transport clients as necessary for housing and goal oriented activities
  • Provide mental health assessments, brief therapy, group therapy, and crisis intervention as needed.
  • Work to effectively meet clients’ needs and resolve individual barriers through follow-up , advocacy and collaboration with  DWC staff and other community service providers
  • Collaborate with hospital and clinic settings to ensure continuity of care is developed for clients of the program
  • Process Public Housing Authorities (PHA) voucher applications  and maintain collaborative relationships with local PHAs
  • Collect and report program data, including but not limited to HMIS reporting
  • Advocate for best practices to ensure that clients retain housing, increase life skills, improve health and mental health
  • Provide supervision and guidance to interns and volunteers in the provision of services to clients
  • Develop and maintain relationships with clients, staff and local service providers, participate in community meetings pertaining to services benefitting clients, and serve as a representative of DWC at community events
  • Provide effective crisis management skills and conflict resolutions skills
  • Be an ambassador of DWC and its mission and values by participating in community meetings/events
  • Provide regular, written  reports to the Housing for Health Program and additional reports as assigned
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, or related discipline from an accredited educational institution required. MSW preferred.
  • Minimum three years of supervisory experience in a social service setting and managing a team of staff preferred
  • Minimum three years of experience as a clinician or case manager with similar population, knowledge of community resources required
  • Strong knowledge of the complexity of poverty and women’s homelessness, mental illness, trauma, substance abuse, health issues, and older adults; Familiarity with permanent supportive housing model and evidence-based practices
  • HMIS experience preferred, with knowledge of data collection tools to track client progress
  • Excellent active listening and crisis intervention skills with ability to exercise and model good judgment
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, including proficiency in balancing direct service responsibilities with data management responsibilities
  • Strong administrative skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) required
  • Criminal background check and clearance required
  • Ability to be flexible with hours when needed
  • Current valid California state driver’s license, insurance, and vehicle with good driving record
  • Oral and written fluency in Spanish and English a plus


This is a full-time exempt permanent position, scheduled Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM; with flexibility to work during non-scheduled days and evenings when necessary.

Salary: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­$44,000-48,000 annually depending on qualifications & experience and is eligible for DWC’s comprehensive benefits package that includes training, paid time off, and medical, vision, dental, parking and transportation benefits.


Submit cover letter and resume to resume[AT]downtownwomenscenter[DOT]org. Please include “Housing for Health Program Specialist” in the subject line of your email.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or medical condition.