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Housing Specialist: Front Door Program
Title:Housing Specialist: Front Door Program
Department:Client Services

Are you looking to make a difference in people’s lives? Do you want to learn and grow professionally while experiencing meaningful work?

Join our community mental health and wellness program and help people achieve success every day. Envision is a premier provider of recovery based mental health services in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. We inspire hope, inspiration and resiliency to hundreds of people each year.


General Functions:

The Housing Specialist (HS)is a member of the interdisciplinary team working with clients who have been recently discharged from short- or long-term inpatient facilities. Some clients may present with co-occurring physical, developmental and/or substance abuse issues. The HS is responsible for assisting clients to find a safe, affordable and permanent living arrangement within the community of choice.


Key Responsibilities:

-Aid clients in applying for section 8 & other entitlements

- Assist clients to sign up for “coordinated entry”

- Assist clients to sign up for State Referral Network

-Assess and apply for any other supportive housing programs (e.g. Mercy Housing, Heartland housing) that may have openings or waiting lists.

- Contact landlords, building managers etc. for availability of units.

-Identify and navigate affordable housing stock through relationship building with landlords and property management companies increase availability of units.

-Work with case managers to take clients to view potential units and help with the move in to ensure a successful placement.

- Provide brief, supportive, goal-directed counseling to assist with client decisions on housing matters and process change.

-Facilitate development of lease and transfer of funds for security deposits.

-Assist Program Director and Supervisor with program development tasks such as designing workflows and procedures manuals.

- Collect and conduct data entry of client demographic data and outcome measures in the State’s system as needed.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or a responsibility required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or agency.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related field. Will consider extensive experience in leu of degree. Three years of experience working within social service field, including internships, with two years working directly in the housing industry. Experience with clients with serious mental illness, substance abuse problems and medically complex needs a plus. Must be able to work with diverse populations with multi-faceted needs. Excellent written and oral communication skills needed, with demonstrated ability to engage clients. Efficient computer literacy skills and ability to utilize Microsoft Office. Valid driver’s license, with insured automobile to travel to multiple locations required.



Envision Unlimited is a large, non-profit agency with locations across the Chicago Metropolitan Areas. We have decades of experience working with clients who experience developmental disabilities or severe, and persistent mental health challenges. We provide psychiatry, outpatient mental health, residential and day treatment within our mental health division.

Envision Unlimited offers competitive salaries and a generous benefit package to our professionals:

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, PPO

Dental and Vision Insurance Options

Company paid Life Insurance

12 Paid Holidays

Paid vacation, sick time and personal days

403B plan

In house training and CEU’s

Employee Assistance Network

Support for pursuing clinical licensure (financial and time off)

Opportunity for career growth & development

Envision Unlimited provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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