Assessment & Diversion Specialist

Family Gateway
Published
March 23, 2021
Location
1421 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas
Category
Job Type

Description

Family Gateway Assessment & Diversion Specialist is responsible to explore all possible options with each family and
consider creative solutions to solve their current housing crisis. This staff person will utilize his/her
resources in the community and reach out to outside communities to identify possible housing options
to successfully divert families from shelter and into alternative housing options.
JOB DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Maintain paperwork and records of assessments and diversions in real time or within 5
business days of appointment.
• Answer helpline calls, complete triage screening and provide appropriate resources.
• Engage the family in a discussion o brainstorm about potential housing solutions and
work together to explore each option and come up with a plan that is best for the family
• Develop comprehensive housing plans with each family which should include clear
action steps for each party to follow-up
• Screen clients for appropriate program within agency and/or refer clients to appropriate
resources when an agency intervention is needed.
• Work effectively with populations that have experienced vulnerability, trauma,
economic poverty, incarceration, substance use, developmental delays, compromised
mental wellness, brain injuries, literacy and numeracy issues, and/or, other conditions
or situations that have impacted housing stability.
• Act in a positive, solution-focused manner to achieve objectives with service users,
remembering that our service is to those experiencing the trauma of homelessness
• Motivate and organize self to complete tasks with service users, often in nontherapeutic environments.
• Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the work environment.
• Return all phone calls within 24 to 48 hours.
• Assist clients with independent housing searches.
• Identify other needed services and make referrals as appropriate;
• Assist families in contacting landlords, completing housing applications and other
paperwork as necessary;
• Keep and maintain up to date knowledge base of community resources that may benefit
client.
• Use motivational interviewing and strengths-based questions to help families uncover
solutions to end their homelessness.
• Check county and national court records for criminal history, sexual offender and
warrant status.
• Attend Family Gateway meetings as relevant to the position of Diversion Specialist.
• Engage effectively and constructively with Supervisor to make program refinements in the
best interests of the client.
• Provide periodic back up to Assessment & Diversion staff/front desk receptionist during
absences or vacancies.
• Perform all other duties as assigned.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
This is a full-time and it is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Work hours are on Sundays- Thursdays
10a.m.-7p.m. Applicants should be able to work in a cooperative team atmosphere, function smoothly
under stress, and possess excellent communication and organizational skills.

Application Instructions

Please submit cover page and resume to rgarcia@familygateway.org

 

 

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