Keep Austin Housed (KAH) affects positive change in the lives of children, youth, and adults who are at-risk of experiencing, currently experiencing, or have formerly experienced homelessness. Members work directly with clients to overcome barriers to housing, employment, and personal stability through case management.
- Maintaining a caseload of clients and meeting in-person with them
- Assessing client needs and developing action plans and goals to meet needs
- Setting housing and employment goals with clients
- Locating resources and referrals for clients to help them meet their needs
- Providing guidance as clients work towards self-sufficiency
- Participating in monthly professional development training's, biannual team-building retreats, and service projects facilitated by Keep Austin Housed
- Leveraging the support of community volunteers
Community Need Addressed
An AmeriCorps State program, Keep Austin Housed (KAH) is a collaborative of 11 nonprofit agencies in Austin that provide services to the full range of homeless subpopulations; families with children, people with mental health and substance abuse issues, domestic violence survivors, adults with disabilities, veterans, immigrants, unaccompanied minors, the elderly, and chronically homeless adults. AmeriCorps members serve as Case Management Aides within their placement agencies. Activities include assessing client needs, developing action plans and goals with clients, and providing resources and support for clients as they work toward achieving their goals. Case Management has functioned as the cornerstone of efforts to serve homeless individuals in our community for nearly two decades.
The KAH collaborative has developed 30 full-time AmeriCorps positions to best meet the specific needs of homeless clients in our community. Members provide intensive case management, support, and mentoring at agencies that serve the homeless, formerly homeless, and people at risk of becoming homeless. Specific activities include assistance with locating, applying for, and moving into safe, sustainable housing, job searching, building life skills, applying for state and federal benefits programs, budgeting, referrals to other social services agencies, and more. The goal of the program is to increase the number of people who acquire and maintain housing and improve their self-sufficiency.
- 350 clients will receive services supporting goals to move into safe, sustainable housing
- 210 clients obtain/maintain safe, sustainable housing
- 200 clients will receive services supporting goals to obtain/maintain employment
- 111 clients obtain/maintain employment
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Skills you will gain
Professional social work and case management strategies (assessing and prioritizing client needs, developing action plans and goals); knowledge of barriers to obtaining housing; building rapport and trust with vulnerable populations; knowledge of community resources; training in motivational interviewing, working with individuals who have experienced trauma, working with individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse issues; knowledge of local, state, and federal issues surrounding homelessness.
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment