Housing Support Worker
Company: Atlohsa Family Healing Services
Location: London, ON
Required Experience: Experience with working with marginalized individuals
Job Type: Full Time
Cover Letter: Required
Application deadline: December 17, 2023
Housing Support Worker- Housing First Program
Giwetaskad · London, Ontario (Hybrid)
Atlohsa Family Healing Services is seeking a motivated and dynamic individual to fill the role of Housing Support Worker (2 positions) in Atlohsa’s Housing First program. The main priority of the Housing Support Worker is to help Indigenous community members integrate back into the community by living independently and by reconnecting to Indigenous Ways of Being and culture. The Housing Support Worker will work with participants and community members through an Indigenous cultural framework that will help community members achieve successful integration back into the community by implementing an Indigenized Housing First approach in alignment with the Giwetashkad Indigenous Homelessness Plan.
Role and Responsibility
Using a Wholistic Indigenous-led approach to principles of Harm Reduction and Housing First, the successful applicant will offer compassionate and assertive care and support to community members who may be experiencing homelessness, social stigma, problematic mental health, trauma and substance use. The Housing Support Worker will be responsible for healing assessments and intakes of high acuity community members who need housing, housing support and cultural empowerment. The Housing Support Worker will employ motivational interviewing and coaching skills to community members in the learning and achievement of activities such as budgeting, personal hygiene, chores, socialization etc. This may also include providing lay counselling and proactively intervening when crisis or conflict arises, which may include aggressive or disruptive in the moment behavior due to substance use and or mental health issues. The Housing Support Worker will work to ensure that Atlohsa Family Healing Services is a safe space for all community members accessing services and programming by referring community members to more appropriate locations if the need shall arise.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the languages, traditional ways, history and cultures of the Indigenous population in the London region
- Current knowledge of Indigenous community services and resources
- Understanding of Indigenous homelessness and Indigenous harm reduction
- Experience with working with marginalized individuals
- Demonstrated ability to receive training support, supervision and direction
- Demonstrated strengths in interpersonal relations, problem-solving, crisis intervention, group dynamics, community development and other innovative approaches
- Understanding of cultural safety and an awareness of its impact on practice
- Skills in conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiation (to build trust and resolve disagreements)
- Excellent organizational and coordination skills and the ability to prioritize multiple competing workload demands in fast paced environment
- Effective communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with others in a respectful manner as defined in the Atlohsa Code of Conduct
- Current Vulnerable Sector check
EMPLOYMENT TERM: Full-time position
REMUNERATION:$ 22.50/hour, and comprehensive benefits package.
Individuals of Indigenous Ancestry are strongly encouraged to apply. Atlohsa supports diversity in all its various manifestations, however, preferences will be given to qualified, Indigenous applicants.
- Dental care
- Employee assistance program
- Extended health care
- Vision care
- Monday to Friday