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The Housing Specialists provide innovative support services and programming for a diverse population of youth (18 – 24) in the onsite Transitional Housing program.  

This is a Full Time position with benefits.   31+ hours per week.    Pay rate is $14.50/hour.


Support Residents in the Transitional Housing Program

  • Build positive relationships with youth through role modeling and mentoring.
  • Be available on site to residents in the Transitional Housing Program on a regular basis, which includes 24-hour staffing at Outside In.  
  • Provide crisis counseling services to residents as needed.
  • Utilize harm reduction philosophy in problem solving to help residents identify healthier options.
  • Provide support for youth to accomplish the goals identified in their Action Plan.
  • Provide individualized support to youth by serving as a Contact Person, meeting with youth weekly to develop and monitor plans to accomplish goals and meet program expectations. 
  • Monitor youth compliance with program agreements.

Group Facilitation

  • Support youth in a self-governance model of regular, weekly “pod” and quarterly “all resident” meetings.
  • Design and facilitate life skill building workshops that meet the needs of current residents in the Transitional Housing program; i.e. time and budget management, food shopping and preparation, conflict resolution, anger management, etc.
  • Coordinate with agency and community to maximize youth access to skill building resources.
  • Support youth in developing constructive use of time through community involvement, healthy recreation, etc. 

Program Operation 

  • Assure material and operational support of the Housing Program.
  • Involve youth in maintaining the program space as much as possible.
  • Identify cleaning needs for all housing common areas and medical housing units and plan to accomplish as needed.
  • Oversee basic upkeep of the units, painting, repairs, etc, involving youth as much as possible.
  • Identify maintenance issues and make requests for repairs.  Follow through to assure completion of needed repairs.
  • Identify security and safety issues.  Communicate needs to Support Staff as necessary.

Program and System Coordination

  • Share information about interventions with each youth’s Case Manager when appropriate; participate in case planning to manage future crises when possible.
  • Coordinate with agency and community resources to remove barriers and enhance youth’s chances for success

Team Coordination: 

  • Establish and facilitate effective communication with staff.  This includes serving as a conduit of information for teammates and between Housing Program staff and the Department Manager.  
  • Assure process for effective facilitation of team meetings, including staffing of residents.
  • Plan services, including life skills program, as well as improvements for the Housing Program to meet the desired outcomes stated in contracts.
  • Work with the team of Housing Program staff to evaluate team function and implement program changes. 

Service Documentation

  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation of all services and interventions.
  • Complete all required statistics and reports in a thorough and timely manner.
  • Work with staff to assure that services are documented to meet all program and funder requirements.
  • Review and assure accurate and timely documentation of all services and interventions in resident records and databases

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years relevant experience working with at- risk youth, homeless youth and/or in a shelter or transitional housing program 
  • BA/BS in related field highly desirable (social services, counseling, prevention services) 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Basic computer skills

In addition to the specific responsibilities of the position, by working within the Homeless Youth Continuum, Housing Specialists are considered a Youth Development Staff and are expected to meet certan responsibilities and core competencies.


  • Demonstrated skills working with youth in individual and group settings.
  • Demonstrated commitment to youth participation and involvement in individual and program planning and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of service systems and clinical issues related to out-of-home youth.
  • Ability to work in an inter-disciplinary team setting.
  • Superior communication, organization and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience, ability, and commitment to work with sexual minority and culturally diverse staff, participants, and community.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Ability to serve as a role model for youth.
  • Creativity, flexibility, optimism, and positive humor.

At Outside In, we’re guided by a belief in each individual’s potential for change and growth.  Since 1968, we have been successfully empowering homeless youth and other marginalized communities to become healthy and self-sufficient. With a stable leadership team and a collaborative approach to community partnerships, we value hope, integrity and compassion.  We believe our people are our greatest asset and we value their competence.  Oregon Business Magazine ranked us as “One of the 100 Best Nonprofits to work for in Oregon” seven times.  At Outside In, your time and talent truly make a difference.

We are an equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity.  Multicultural and intersecting diversities are highly valued.

Please apply online here:  http://www.outsidein.org/index.php/employment/

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