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The Affordable Housing Specialist works with families and individuals to help them prepare for and find afford housing through outreach, coaching, and targeted search of private and subsidized housing.  The Affordable Housing Specialist assesses client needs and budgets, creating personalized search and coaching toolkits that include information on what it takes to be a good tenant and how to maintain housing and/or vouchers.

The Affordable Housing Specialist also assists clients with Public Housing Authority applications; meets with landlords, presenting on client needs and brainstorming housing solutions; connects with COTS shelter guests and holds workshops on affordable housing; and identifies strategic pathways into housing for clients using knowledge of subsidy and voucher programs and landlord connections.

Bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ experience in housing or working with homeless populations, as well as ease with in-depth interviewing of clients and demonstrated ability to present to individuals and groups  required.  Knowledge of federal and state housing subsidies, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and project based housing programs, and familiarity with area resources and landlord associations strongly desired.  Experience with Foothold or other HMIS preferred; experience with Microsoft Office required.  Ability to work independently and as a positive member of a cooperative team and a commitment to COTS mission also required.

This is 40 hour per week position with benefits.  To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply to COTS positions.

COTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.