New job Supported Housing Worker - Trustee in Nova Scotia

Supported Housing Worker - Trustee

Company : Family Service in Mi'kma'ki
Salary : $37,600 - $41,800 a year
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Housing Support: Trustee Services

1 FT Position at $18.00 to 20.00 per hour, $37,600 to $41,800 annually inclusive of mandatory benefits.

Housing Support Program, Family Service in Mi’kma’ki (@fsawns)
Location: Lunenburg/Queens Housing Support, 629 King Street, Bridgewater
Start date: 2021-09-27

Rural communities in which every youth, adult and family can see themselves represented and be contributors to a safe and thriving region.

We support system, community, and individual change to address barriers to equitable access experienced by the marginalized youth, families, and communities we serve, and we link people with the supports spanning the social determinants of health they self-identify are needed.

Lived Experience, Equity and Social Justice
We are committed to making sure our organization represents the communities we serve. We encourage applications from
People with lived experience of community and system barriers
People with connection to the local area and experience of rurality
Indigenous, Mi'kmaq, 2SLGBTQIA+
African Nova Scotians and or people of African descent
People with lived experience of the widespread nature of disability
People of the global majority

Housing Support Trustee Purpose
Access to safe, supported and affordable housing needs to be a collective and coordinated community responsibility. Community-based trusteeship contributes to this collective action: Trusteeship is an integral part of Housing Support, and, Coordinated Access to Housing Systems. Trusteeship supports eviction prevention, participant-driven financial management, linkage with benefits, advocacy, and helps capture unhoused data on the realities of the rural housing crisis, making visible our rural need for safe, supported, affordable housing.

Trustee responsibilities to Participants

  • Conducting new participant assessment/intakes and completes follow-through processes (includes confirming income and rent/bill payment details and administering appropriate paperwork as required)
  • Working with participants to make a monthly participant-driven budget
  • Supporting eviction prevention through helping with Rent Supplement Applications (Canada-Nova Scotia Targeted Housing Benefit), Rental Applications, Federal and Provincial Income Benefits applications and financial supports provided through Utilities such as Nova Scotia Power
  • Receiving participant income, deposits it in the Trusteeship account, pays the participant's bills on time as needed for maintaining their housing (for example, rent and power) and returns what is left to the participant at the end of each month
  • Conducting banking, maintains accurate Trusteeship banking records, and performs monthly bank reconciliation.
  • Understanding the importance of maintaining a community-based service guided by decolonization, inclusion, harm reduction, strength-based practice, and a violence- and trauma-informed approach.

Responsibilities to the Housing Support Program

  • Works independently and as a collaborative member of the Housing Support team, to help link participants with the support and services they self-identify are needed
  • Maintains effective participant-driven working relationships with community partners, the local Housing Support team Provincial Trustee team, and corporate and government agencies (e.g. Nova Scotia Power, Department of Community Services, Housing Nova Scotia, Service Canada…)
  • Supports coordinated Housing Support engagement with landlords to mitigate evictions
  • Maintains an up-to-date participant list including caseworker names as applicable
  • Ensures required data is entered into the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS)
  • Utilizes data records to prepare detailed monthly reports on activities

Experience and Education

  • A combination of relevant work experience, lived experience and education
  • Experience with banking and financial record management
  • Demonstrated engagement skill in response to culturally and socially diverse individuals and families experiencing individual, community and systems violation
  • Knowledge of and willingness to be trained in data collection and information management tools such as HIFIS
  • Knowledge of Community Services programs and policies including the Nova Scotia Children and Family Services Act and the Residential Tenancies Act
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with attention to accuracy
  • Willingness to work alone with minimal supervision, together as a lateral team member, and participate in self-critical reflective supervision
  • IT competence (Apple, Google Drive, and online data collection)

How to Apply
Applicants are asked to apply on, not to email or phone, and only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Application information submitted for this posting may be viewed by the hiring committee and their chosen delegates in the community. The information submitted may be retained on a secure file system for up to 5 years. A successful applicant is required to provide a Criminal Record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to the hiring committee before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. In addition, proof of education, and professional registration, if applicable, are required.

Application deadline: 2021-09-20

Expected start date: 2021-09-27

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $37,600.00-$41,800.00 per year


  • Casual dress
  • Flexible schedule


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
We adhere to the Phase 1 - 5 requirements of the Province of Nova Scotia Reopening Plan for our workplace.

Work remotely:

  • No

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