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Street Outreach Services Worker

Job Type: 
Full Time
Application Deadline: 
Monday 28 September 2020

Job Title: Street Outreach Services Worker

Contract full time position (35 hours per week)

Contract Start date: October 1, 2020; Contract End date: March 31, 2021

(With possibility of extension)

Reports to: Supervisor, Homeless Services and Housing Access

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Sept. 25, 2020

 

 

Background

ACSA is a nonprofit, multi service agency addressing needs and empowering homeless, youth, newcomers, and otherwise underserved communities.  Our core programs include housing and outreach programs, food security programs, newcomer services, youth outreach, child and family programs, early years’ programs, computer access programs, and community engagement.

 

Summary of Job Functions

The Street Outreach worker provides mobile outreach in order to reach individuals who are street homeless, and assist these clients to access services and move from the street into shelter and housing.

 

Duties include:

  • Conduct van-based outreach to make contact with homeless people staying in parks, bus shelters, squats and ravines, railway yards, living in their vehicles wherever homeless individuals are known to reside
  • Drive agency van and conduct outreach on foot at specific locations, as required
  • Provide timely response to Concerned Citizen Calls routed through City of Toronto
  • Assist clients in attaining and maintaining housing, including helping with housing searches, identification and resolution of barriers to housing, working with landlords, OW, ODSP, and other organizations to assist service users
  • Help homeless clients fill out and maintain Housing Connections and supportive housing applications, and work to resolve issues threatening housing as they arise
  • Provide supportive counselling, limited case management, information and referrals to homeless clients
  • Provide transportation in agency van for homeless clients to housing appointments, shelters, drop-ins, detox centres or other safe locations, and facilitate their access to same
  • Ensure timely maintenance and upkeep of vehicle
  • Provide enhanced services during extreme cold and extreme heat alerts
  • Assist clients in accessing services that can help them to achieve greater self-sufficiency and resiliency, i.e.: identify document replacement programs, income support programs and housing search services
  • Provide clients with housing stabilization support, complete case summaries and submit for case transfers to follow up supports
  • Complete HSF, Bridging grant and Housing Allowance applications
  • Maintain effective liaison with The City of Toronto, Streets to Homes, and other sources for client referral
  • Engage with local businesses in the catchment area
  • Attend Streets to Homes Frontline Worker meetings and other meetings organized for Streets to Homes Outreach team
  • Adhere to City of Toronto OSIS guidelines as per funder requirements. 
  • Record daily shift activities in the project log book and relevant data collection tools
  • Maintain up-to-date records of client interactions in accordance with agency and City requirements.
  • Maintain data records in Pirouette and/or additional data programs as required

 

Other Duties

  • Actively participate in ACSA drop-in programs as assigned or scheduled
  • Actively participate in regular supervision sessions and team meetings
  • Identify and attend training sessions related to this position
  • Submit reports as required, including daily, monthly and semi-annual reports to the City.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Diploma/Degree in Social Services/Health or a minimum of two years related experience
  • Valid G-class driver’s license and a clear driver’s abstract
  • Ability to drive an outreach van in all seasons and weather conditions
  • Knowledge of issues of homelessness
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sound counselling skills, and ability to form relationships with marginalized individuals
  • Sound judgment and good problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of community resources for homelessness, health, mental health and substance abuse.

 

Working Conditions

The Street Outreach Services Worker works mainly from an agency van and also in an office setting at the agency’s main site.  The Worker will conduct outreach outside in all weather conditions, accessing parks, ravines, remote locations, industrial areas, storage facilities, restaurants and donut shops.  The work requires appropriate clothing and footwear for the current conditions and sites.

 

Please apply via email (cover letter & resume in one attachment) to:

Attention: Sara Clenyg-Jones

Email: cjsara@agincourtcommunityservices.com

(Please quote Street Outreach Services Worker in the subject line of email)

 

No phone calls please.

 

ACSA is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the position. However, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. 

If you are contacted by ACSA regarding a job opportunity and need accommodation throughout a hiring process, please contact Yelena Galochkina, HR Generalist at gyelena@agincourtcommunityservices.com. This address is for accommodation inquiries ONLY. Job applications sent to it will not be considered.

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