The Health and Human Services’ Housing Stability Area is seeking multiple Senior Social Workers to join a brand-new unit under the Homeless to Housing program. The award winning Homeless to Housing program includes four case management teams, three of which are focused on single adults and one with a focus on youth and young adults ages 18-24 years old. This team will be the first of its kind in the county to provide housing focused case management to families experiencing homelessness. The team’s primary goal will be to increase the outflow of families in shelters to permanent, affordable, and stable housing.
These positions will have caseloads and will be working with families staying in shelters, outside, and in encampments to connect them to permanent housing by using a housing-first approach, relationship building, housing goal plans, and breaking down housing barriers.
The Senior Social Workers in this unit will provide intensive social work services to families experiencing homelessness with complex biopsychosocial conditions requiring individualized, comprehensive, culturally competent assessment, service planning, referral/linkage, monitoring, and advocacy. A knowledge base of serious and persistent mental illness, chemical dependency, recovery, and community resources is preferred. This position is a part of an interdisciplinary team assisting families in achieving and maintaining housing stability.
Location and hours:
These positions are hybrid and will require travel throughout Hennepin County and remote work as job duties require. Work hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. While these positions are designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in or be willing to locate to Minnesota.
In these positions you will:
Be referred intensive social work services to families from a centralized source and will have clients in different settings throughout the system including shelters, encampments, and drop-in centers.
Assist through all aspects of the housing search process including engaging with shelter guests to work through concerns and barriers and co-creating housing goal plans, assisting with applications, and gathering needed documents, as well as leading the housing search and move-in processes.
Learn relevant resources, systems (such as Coordinated Entry), and referral streams to connect families to eligible benefits, make referrals to long-term case management services, and housing opportunities to stabilize families and assist in achieving housing goals.
Attend regular case consults and work closely with the Economic Supports (ES), Long-term Service and Supports (LTSS), Behavioral Health, Health Care for the Homeless and other community partners.
Meet expectations around case noting, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data input, and being data-informed in service delivery.
Need to have:
One of the following:
Master's degree or higher in social work or closely related field with course work emphasis in areas such as social work methods, human growth and behavior, and principles of social welfare.
Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and at least 18 semester (27 quarter) credits of graduate work in the above areas, and three years or more of full-time supervised experience as a social worker.
Licensed as a Graduate Social Worker by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.