Housing Specialist – Rapid Transition Housing, Grade 5

Reports to:               Lead Housing Specialist

FLSA Status:             Non-Exempt

Job Summary: Serve as the housing specialist for the Rapid Transition Housing program, serving Onondaga County, by locating and maintaining community-based housing for eligible participants following all program guidelines.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with and take direction from the Lead Housing Specialist to meet all program requirements
  • Utilize existing networks and create new relationships with community-based organizations, long-term care and adult residential facilities, local housing authorities, landlords, and developers, and local and state government agencies to recruit potential program participants
  • Offer education within those networks to raise awareness about the availability of the services provided through this project and how they could benefit participants
  • Review participant information for eligibility, conduct a thorough intake, and follow admission and approval process, working closely with NYAIL’s Program Coordinator
  • Search for housing that will meet the needs of the individual including affordability and accessibility
  • Follow procedures for inspection of property and approval of subsidy
  • Work with participants to identify needed community transition services (CTS) such as security deposits and essential household furnishing; follow procedure for approval of CTS
  • Purchase CTS and forward all required support documentation to ARISE’s finance office
  • Conduct verification of tenancy and rental agreement renewal as required
  • Complete all required RTH and IL paperwork and utilize NetCIL (internal database) and the NYAIL database to provide information about contacts, participant needs and services provided
  • Attend required trainings and meetings as directed by NYAIL or supervisor
  • Complete all reporting requirements for RTH, as developed by NYAIL, including but not limited to timely submission of invoices, request for tenancy approvals and CTS requests
  • Document and share with NYAIL barriers encountered that hinder stable housing and offer solutions to NYAIL
  • Maintain confidential records, process paperwork in a timely manner and provide information for reports as requested
  • Exercise sound judgment as a matter of course, and hold protected health information and other sensitive information in the strictest of confidence in accordance with ARISE and HIPAA policies
  • Uphold the codes of conduct and ethics as well as all ARISE policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Associates Degree required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred; or, equivalent combination of education and related experience
  • Extensive knowledge of housing services, including Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines, community resources and community-based services provider necessary
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Solid budgeting skills
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel, general computer literacy to navigate databases, use e-mail, and other required electronic systems
  • Clean driver license and reliable transportation for travel throughout Onondaga County