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Housing & Benefits Coach

Santa Maria Community Services
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Members will assist clients with a variety of resources, educational resources, landlord tenant classes, offer problem solving tools & materials, utilize other local resources and advocate for client, as appropriate within structure of the the agency placement site.

Service Activities

See above and contact us for current position descriptions. Candidate will learn more of position in interview process with current site supervisor.

Community Need Addressed

Housing & Benefits Specialists will work with individuals and groups who are preparing for their GED or working towards employment to obtain and/or maintain stable housing. Member may serve as educator, advocate, researcher and problem solver for disadvantaged clients. Agency provides materials and guidance to ensure member has tools and information to address the issues the housing and benefits obstacles presented by the client. Member may be serving as liaison to connect client to other community resources, as well.

Position Outcomes

Economically disadvantaged clients will transition into stable and safe housing.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Great life and career experience! Supportive supervisors who are committed to mentoring and dedicated AmeriCorps staff.

Education Benefits


Skills you will gain

See above

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, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
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
Derive consensus, 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
Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
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, 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
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Economic Security
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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