Housing Worker -Youth in Transition (YIT) Program (Child Welfare)

Housing Worker -Youth in Transition (YIT) Program

POSITION TYPE: Full -time 1-year Contract (with possibility of renewal, pending funding)

Delta Family Resource Centre (Delta) is a community-based agency which has served communities in North-West Toronto for more than 35 years. Situated in ethno-racially diverse communities, Delta Family equips people with the tools and resources they need to live progressively fulfilling lives, using community-grounded approaches. A multi- ethnic, multi-site organization, Delta Family provides a responsive range of programs, services and activities for families, young children and their caregivers, youth and seniors. Committed to anti-oppression and inclusive ways of engaging participants, Delta Family works to be part of a healthy, engaged and empowered community where all people thrive.

Delta Family’s Youth in Transition (YIT) program supports youth transitioning out of Care to live independently. For the past year, the program has supported youth in transition from Care by connecting them to critical supports and networks. The current YIT worker will be joined by a Housing Worker who will assist 16 and 17-year olds who enter into a Voluntary Youth Services Agreement with a children’s aid society in their efforts to find housing.

Key Responsibilities:
• Support youth in transition from Care, focusing on youth aged 16 and 17 who have a written agreement with CAS for the provision of services on a voluntary basis (VYSA).
• Help eligible youth find and retain housing by:
o advocating for the specific housing needs of the new cohort of eligible youth to municipal service managers, and local housing providers;
o supporting provincial YITWs through peer consultations, and participating in agency delivered workshops that would help society and community-based workers provide housing support to youth leaving care;
o working closely with CAS to ensure all eligible youth have access to the HSW program;
o participating in the case planning process with societies and youth with respect to the youth’s housing
needs;
o assisting youth with identifying their housing needs, searching for and viewing housing, and applying for housing; and
o providing ongoing support to youth to sustain/keep housing (e.g., life-skills programming, such as financial management, budgeting, household management, tenant skills).
• Support youth to make progress in the following area
o Housing;
o Employment;
o Education;
o Financial Literacy;
o Level of engagement in the program;
o Relationships (e.g. connections to peers and family); and
o Connections to community agencies.
• To provide advocacy/resourcing and act as an advocate for youth and families, and provide general information and referral services
• To outreach and engage with eligible youth who are transitioning/have transitioned from Provincial Care
• To provide support and case management (using our Sesa Wo Suban model) services to youth transitioning from care and maintain service statistics and recording.
• Cultivate partnerships with other service partners to identify and collaborate on potential program delivery.

Qualifications:
o Post-secondary education in Child and Youth Care, Social Work, criminology or equivalent combination of education and/ or relevant experience
o 2 years of assisting clients to find and maintain affordable housing
o 3 years’ experience in working with vulnerable, high needs racialized youth
o Experience in assisting clients to access basic needs such as food, clothing, furniture
o Connections to housing stability resources, such as healthcare, family support, training and employment
o Provide information to youth and landlords including education, legislation, that contribute to sustaining successful tenancies for the long term
o Established linkages with landlords, housing availability links,
o Knowledge of the Child Welfare system and how it operates
o Above average understanding of anti-black racism, intersectionality and anti-oppression
o Awareness of the Ontario Human Right Code as it pertains to Housing
o Established networks in relevant sectors, or the ability to develop them quickly
o Experience in community liaison/advocacy skills
o Excellent organizational, planning and implementation skills
o Ability to work flexible hours, ability to travel
o Strong command of the English language, verbal and written

The successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening/Police check is required (can be obtained upon offer of position).

Compensation: $42,000- $47,434 with benefits

Due Date: April 2, 2021

Forward your cover letter and résumé quoting position title Housing Worker – YIT by the closing date to:
E-mail: hiring@dfrc.ca

OR

Mail to: Hiring Committee
Delta Family Resource Centre
2291 Kipling Ave. Toronto, ON M9W 4L6;
Fax# 🙁 416)-747-7415

While we thank all applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. As a unionized workplace, internal applications will be processed before external applications can be considered.