The Housing Stability area of Hennepin County’s Health and Human Services is seeking a Youth and Young Adult Senior Social Worker to be part of the Homeless to Housing Program – a four-unit, housing-focused case management team. This position will have a caseload and will be working with people staying in shelters, outside, in drop-in centers, and in encampments to connect them to permanent housing by using a housing-first approach, relationship building, creating housing goal plans, and breaking down housing barriers.
This position will be in the Homeless Access unit which provides intensive social work services to people 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 individuals in achieving and maintaining housing stability.
The Youth and Young Adult Senior Social Worker will have a focus on working with people and systems that intersect with those who are youth and young adults and struggling to find housing, by connecting them to resources critical to supporting their housing needs as well as assisting them in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing.
Location and hours:
This position is hybrid and will be performed on-site at the South Minneapolis Human Service Center at 2215 East Lake Street, Minneapolis MN 55407, at community sites throughout Hennepin County,and remote as job duties require. Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with flexibility to meet staff and client needs. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin.
In this position, you will:
Work with clients referred from a centralized source and from different settings throughout the system including shelters, encampments, drop-in centers, and places not meant for human habitation.
Assist with all aspects of the housing search process including engaging with people 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 clients to eligible benefits, make referrals to long-term case management services, and housing opportunities to stabilize people and assist in achieving housing goals.
Attend regular case consults and work closely with the Youth Services Network, Long-term Service and Supports (LTSS), Behavioral Health, Health Care for the Homeless, and other community partners.
Be responsible for thorough and accurate 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 18 semester (27 quarter) credits of graduate work in the above areas, and three years of full-time supervised experience as a social worker.
Licensed as a Graduate Social Worker by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
A valid driver's license, the ability to obtain a Hennepin County driver permit and daily access to reliable transportation sufficient to transport clients (including children) and to visit community locations throughout Hennepin County.
Nice to have:
Providing case management as a professional social worker.
Working with youth and young adult programs and/or systems.
Working with high-risk or vulnerable populations.
Working with people experiencing homelessness and/or people with substance abuse disorder or mental health diagnoses.
Working in housing, with landlords, or subsidies.
Working on a multidisciplinary project team using a person-centered and data-focused approach with direct service.
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Develop and maintain relationships with internal and external partners.
Work effectively with an increasingly diverse client population and staff.
Working knowledge of Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and/or Social Service Information System (SSIS).
Knowledge of community resources and social services available to clients.
Bilingual candidates in English and another language(s) are encouraged to apply.