New Job Caseworker Homelessness Services In Ontario



Company : Jobssummary / Indeed
Salary : $36.38–$39.85 an hour
Location : Ontario

Full Description

Job ID: 37772
    Job Category: Community & Social Services
    Division & Section: Housing Secretariat, Housing Stability Services
    Work Location: 2985 Kingston Road (Onsite)
    Job Type & Duration: Full-time, 2 Permanent and 2 Temporary (18 months) Vacancies
    Hourly Rate: $36.38 - $39.85 per hour
    Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week
    Affiliation: L79 Full-time
    Number of Positions Open: 4
    Posting Period: 03-May-2023 to 17-May-2023
If you are person driven to make tangible impacts towards housing security for vulnerable Torontonians, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and are interested in contributing to the City's HousingTO Action Plan, we welcome your application to come join our Eviction Prevention in the Community (EPIC) program team as a Caseworker Homelessness Services.

Building on the City's commitment to expand preventative approaches to homelessness, the EPIC program assists vulnerable households facing imminent risk of eviction by offering intensive case management services to prevent the loss of housing and avert the need for emergency shelter services.

Reporting to the Coordinator Programs, the Caseworker Homelessness Services works collaboratively in person with other members of the EPIC program team and performs the following responsibilities.

Major Responsibilities:
The primary functions associated with this position include but are not limited to:
  • Conducts assessments by phone to determine needs and resources of individuals and families to develop a short-term service plan to meet/address their specific needs to stabilize their housing.
  • Applies homelessness prevention and shelter diversion strategies to assist clients to sustain their current housing and/or be directed to applicable service providers to meet their needs.
  • Collects and assesses information to determine client's eligibility for EPIC program and other homelessness prevention services.
  • Determines, develops and recommends courses of action based on legislation, divisional policies and procedures, and the evaluation of clients' functional abilities, degree of urgency, finances, and other relevant criteria.
  • Coordinates referrals to supports and services to community agencies, City of Toronto programs, and other levels of government to meet client needs.
  • Utilizes the principles of case management when conducting assessments and referrals to address client needs.
  • Advocates on behalf of clients for services and benefits with internal and external resources and supports, which may include landlords/housing providers, income maintenance programs, and other service providers.
  • Completes third party verification by contacting various sources, including community agencies, housing providers, health care providers, income maintenance systems, child welfare agencies, Public Trustees, and other service providers.
  • Responds to crisis situations involving clients by assessing the situation and implementing appropriate solution which promote client safety.
  • Maintains thorough case documentation in automated systems, including documenting all intake and case plan information, and entering statistics related to case histories. Updates and revises intake records with each client contact, to ensure case information is current. Supports collection and coordination of information and resources within the program.
  • Works independently and as part of a team to identify client needs and assist the client to access appropriate programs and services.
  • Maintains current knowledge of legislation, community services, resources, programs, policies & procedures, and issues affecting or related to the client population.
  • Responds to inquiries from the general public and/or other service providers.
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality related to all client matters and information.
  • Participates in team meetings and case conferences to discuss program issues, review client needs, discuss case plans, homeless prevention/shelter diversion plans, etc.
  • Reports trends, challenges and issues relating to program service requests to the Coordinator Programs and/or Management lead.

Key Qualifications:
  • Post-secondary education in Social Services or related field, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Considerable experience in assisting persons with psycho/social/physical, educational, and/or environmental issues in a social service setting.
  • Considerable experience addressing the needs of homeless clients or clients at risk of homelessness, including making referrals to community agencies.
  • Experience conducting detailed client intake assessments of varying complexities either in a call-centre or in-person environment within the human services sector.
  • Experience using MS Office applications (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), to prepare correspondence, perform data entry, as well as review and manipulate databases and spreadsheets with large volumes of information.

You must also have:
  • Knowledge of applicable legislation such as Ontario Works Act, Ontario Disability Support Program, Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), Residential Tenancies Act, Mental Health Act, Child & Family Services Act, etc.
  • Ability to respond appropriately and in a compassionate manner to callers sharing highly sensitive information that often includes details of traumatic events.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, tact, diplomacy and excellent customer service when interacting with members of the public, media, and elected officials.
  • Ability to de-escalate and diffuse challenging situations and successfully resolve customer issues in a diplomatic and professional manner.
  • Excellent assessment and problem-solving skills with the ability to respond to situations based on available information and/or past experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of issues related to homelessness, including the ability to provide appropriate resources for individuals, families and their dependents.
  • Extensive knowledge of resources and services available within the City of Toronto, other levels of government, and community agencies.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a dynamic, complex environment.
  • Ability to follow directions, multi-task, manage and organize time, work well under pressure, and maintain composure during stressful situations, as well as showing attention to detail with the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written communication skills to effectively prepare and document case histories and process and analyze data.
  • Ability to conduct research by extracting and interpreting information from various databases and software applications, including Internet search engines.

NOTE: A Vulnerable Sector Police Reference Check may be required as a condition of employment.

City of Toronto employees must apply to full-time or part-time employment opportunities posted on the City's Internal Job Posting Portal.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.

The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.