Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

July 12, 2018

Public service opportunity: United Way Streets to Home Associate

Position Title:  United Way Streets to Home Associate

Start & End Dates:  9/3/18 – 7/17/19

Program Overview: Homelessness is a crisis in King County. On any given night, over 11,000 people are experiencing housing insecurity and thousands are staying outside without shelter. United Way is committed to partnering with local agencies and caring people in our region to ensure that people in our community have homes. The Streets to Home Program does just that. AmeriCorps members leverage federal resources to take a client-lead approach to solve housing insecurity. Many people just need connection to a housing pathway, enrollment in a program, or a little financial assistance to make their housing goals a reality. AmeriCorps members are creative problem-solvers to help make client housing dreams a reality.

The team will provide key housing interventions to 4,000 low-income people, and transition 1,000 people experiencing homelessness to housing. As part of a larger team of AmeriCorps, this team will accelerate the impact of United Way’s work to lift 50,000 people out of poverty and reduce the unsheltered population by 50%.

Your Team: The Streets to Home team is a powerful force of 10 members and 1 AmeriCorps leader. As part of this cohort, you will be supported and provided with guidance, tools, and resources in order to succeed. Members are deployed throughout King County to service providers under Coordinated Entry for All (CEA), working to ensure that people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access. As a member of the Streets to Home team, you will meet directly with clients to make sure they are quickly identified, assessed for, and connected to housing and assistance based on their needs. You will not only bring additional benefits and resources to your service site, but also take on a key role in community events such as the United Way Community Resource Exchange. The team will also come back together for monthly meetings to provide support and share best practices.

Your Role and What You Will Learn 

  • Serve at a homelessness service provider agency to provide one-on-one assistance for individuals and/or families experiencing a housing crisis
  • Conduct assessments for individuals and families using the CEA Housing Triage Tool
  • Learn and implement the diversion-first model to get individuals and families into housing immediately and efficiently
  • Navigate complex systems to connect people to financial benefits and income supports
  • Increase immediate financial stability by becoming an expert resource navigator
  • Support United Way of King County and host site in reaching program goals
  • Conduct housing inspections, rapid rehousing, deliver rent checks, and mobile assess as needed
  • Diligently track data to demonstrate service outputs and outcomes
  • Support the United Way Free Tax Campaign and become a certified volunteer tax preparer

Desired Qualifications

  • Passionate social justice advocate and driven to end poverty in King County
  • Cultural humility and experience working with diverse populations
  • Interest in learning new skills, implement knowledge, and educate others
  • Flexibility in getting things done in a fast-paced environment
  • Enthusiastic team player and critical thinker
  • Comprehensive understanding about systemic causes of poverty and racial inequities
  • Second language skill is highly desirable
  • Access to a car is desirable but not required
  • People of color and people with experience navigating the complex social service system (encouraged to apply)

Benefits

  • Monthly stipend of $1,307 before deductions and withholdings.
  • Basic health insurance (not including vision coverage).
  • Workers compensation coverage.
  • ​Assistance with childcare costs.
  • $5,920 education award  (10.5-month positions) that can be used for future schooling or to pay off existing qualified student loan debt (upon successful completion of the service term).
  • Forbearance  (temporarily postponing paying off a loan) of qualified student loans during the service term.
  • Payment of interest  on qualified student loans that accrued during the service term.
  • Serving in a full-time AmeriCorps position qualifies as “employment” towards the  Public Service Loan Forgiveness  program.
  • Public transportation pass (ORCA)
  • Comprehensive training, certification and orientation
  • Chance to join United Way’s Emerging Leaders Network, the Seattle AmerICorps Collaborative, and a  large network of current AmeriCorps members and alums
  • Career and professional development coaching

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Must be available 40 hours a week for 5 days a week
  • Able to serve 10.5 months and reach a total of 1700 service hours.
  • Must go through a Washington State Patrol background check, FBI background check and National Sex Offender Registry Check, plus state of residence background check if not living in WA currently
  • F1 VISAS are not sufficient

People of color encouraged to apply. The application process moves quickly, please expect a phone call within 24 hours of receiving your application

To Apply: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm04/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=UWOKC&cws=40&rid=59