County Of Sonoma

Santa Rosa , CA
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Housing Navigator

County Of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA Full-time
Posted on May 11, 2019

Housing Navigator $4,857 - $5,906/Monthly

Join the Community Development Commission's (CDC) Housing Authority in their mission to create affordable housing access in Sonoma County. As their Housing Navigator you will become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you will gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better your community. You can also look forward to some excellent benefits* including:

  • A Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • Premium pay of $1.15 cents per hour, in addition to the hourly pay rate, for bilingual assignments

The County of Sonoma's CDC and Human Services Department have partnered together to provide intensive, personalized housing location assistance to clients of the Domestic Violence Housing First Program. The program connects our most vulnerable community members with property owners and managers, helping clients rent and live in the private housing market while increasing economic stability for property owners. As the Housing Navigator you will be part of the programs' Housing Assistance Response Team (HART), which advocates with landlords on behalf of clients, negotiates financial arrangements to encourage landlords to rent to clients receiving subsidies, and coordinates with victim advocates and HSD staff in order to obtain wrap around case management in support of each client's needs. Currently, the CDC is looking for an ideal candidate who has knowledge of tenant/landlord relations and Fair Housing laws and practices as well as experience:

  • Recruiting and engaging landlords, renter associations, property management companies, and other local housing providers to identify potential rental properties
  • Providing financial incentives to landlords to encourage them to rent to clients receiving subsidies, including reimbursement for additional security deposits and paying for last month's rent, tenant screening reports, and the cost of bring a unit up to habitability standards
  • Negotiating and implementing housing assistance contracts and leases between property owners and tenants
  • Coordinating with victim advocates to find appropriate housing, and assisting clients with housing applications and vouchers
  • Arranging and advocating on behalf of clients for shared or innovative housing arrangements for participants when appropriate
  • Performing initial housing unit inspections and annual re-inspections of properties for compliance with Federal housing quality standards, to include mediating owner and tenant complaints, processing terminations and claims, and assisting landlords in handling appeals
  • Working collaboratively with social works and various other case managers