Housing Support Navigator

Website Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS)

If you’re looking for an opportunity to do meaningful work in your community, join the passionate, community minded team at the Committee on Temporary Shelter!  COTS, a nonprofit recognized nationally as a model for innovative programs, provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for those who are without homes or who are at risk of homelessness.  For almost 40 years we have been working in Chittenden County to creatively find solutions to end homelessness; we aren’t afraid to try new things.  We are looking for team members with a passion for doing good and creative thinking.

Join us on our mission to end homelessness!

COTS Housing Navigators work directly with COTS clients who are without homes or who are at risk of becoming homeless to assist them in developing a service plan for transition to and/or maintenance of stable housing.  This critical role is a primary component of our prevention services, which tie to our mission of ending homelessness. Primary responsibilities include: directly assisting with timely completion of Public Housing Authority applications for rental subsidies and all other relevant state/local housing assistance programs; navigation of benefits like 3Squares, Reach Up, SSI & SSDI; connecting families/individuals to any available resources that will expedite their transition from emergency shelter into transitional or permanent housing; and developing a housing support crisis plan that includes early prevention/intervention when housing is jeopardized.  Additionally, Housing Navigators work closely with referral agencies regarding eligibility determination and verification for clients.  This role requires the ability to build and maintain professional relationships with clients, helping to overcome many barriers clients may face.

Minimum of HS degree or equivalent required; BSW or BA in a related field strongly preferred.  At least one year of related experience required; Strong candidates will have experience with individuals experiencing homelessness and crisis intervention, as well as knowledge of resources and services for individuals and families. This includes federal and state housing subsidy programs and affordable housing systems. Ability to work with individuals with mental health, medical, substance abuse and employment issues required. A combination of coursework and experience will also be considered.

This is a full time, benefits eligible position.  If you are interested in applying, submit resume and cover letter to [email protected]

COTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We embrace diversity, and encourage all to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@cotsonline.org