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Making Opportunity Count Inc Housing Specialist in Leominster, Massachusetts

About Us: Making Opportunity Count is a non-profit human services agency dedicated to creating positive change and enhancing the lives of individuals and families in Fitchburg, MA. We are committed to fostering community growth, providing essential services, and promoting holistic well-being. Our dynamic team is driven by a shared passion for making a lasting impact.

Position Overview:

The Housing Specialist is a housing generalist responsible for providing guidance, support, and resources to families who are currently dealing with homelessness or the threat of losing their housing. The rise of homelessness in the Fitchburg area has spawned a sudden surge in the need for housing supports. The Housing Specialist will collaborate with various MOC program staff in support of housing needs across the agency. The focus is on housing crisis management and moving families as quickly as possible through a customized housing continuum.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Housing Specialist serve as the main housing generalist for the agency for all internal housing referrals.

  • The Housing Specialist manage all referrals through the agency’s CMS referral platform.

  • As a regional expert, serve as a point of contact for MOC’s Fitchburg Family Resource Center, the agency’s housing component and shelter system.

  • The Housing Specialist work with landlords and HLC’s Real estate Commission Program to identify properties for families.

  • Assist program staff identify appropriate housing subsidies whether it be Homebased funds, RAFT, supportive housing programs, Section 8 and MRVPs.

  • Assign and monitor the completion of RAFT applications within the agency.

  • The Housing Specialist assist families in determining housing options, both short and long-term.

  • Work with local providers with resources to identify short-term options that keep families safe and housed while working toward longer solutions. This may include finding temporary housing for overflow families, assistance with transportation, and access to material goods, and/or food.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience delivering housing services.

  • Experience working with homeless families.

  • Must have a valid MA Driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and cellphone.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work across different disciplines, departments, and with inter-generation staff.

  • Knowledge of community resources, state and federal benefits and services.

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.

  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Join our team at Making Opportunity Count and experience a range of fantastic benefits that enhance your work-life balance and overall satisfaction:

  • Health, Dental, FSA, and Vision Insurance: Take care of your well-being with comprehensive coverage.

  • Paid Time Off (PTO): Enjoy generous time off to relax and recharge.

  • Student Loan Forgiveness: We're here to help you ease your student loan burden.

  • Tuition Remission: Invest in your education with our tuition remission program.

  • Employer-Sponsored Retirement: Secure your future with our retirement plan contributions.

  • Pet Insurance: Ensure your furry friends receive the best care.

  • Employee Discounts: Access exclusive discounts and perks.

Join us at MOC and experience a workplace that values your well-being and personal growth!