Job opening: HOUSING ASSISTANT
Salary: $43 646 - 56 746 per year
Published at: Jul 10 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located at the West Los Angeles location of the Greater Los Angeles Department of Veterans' Affairs Health Care System. The incumbent of the position will establish and maintain relationships with landlords, private agencies, non-profit agencies, and governmental agencies who serve the homeless, as well as VA staff who work with Veterans in need of transitional or permanent housing.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Assist homeless Veterans with the housing search and lease up process by acting as a liaison between all parties, including but not limited to the VA, PHA, landlord, and Veteran, to address housing needs.
Work with and transports VASH participants in gathering of required documents needed to obtain security deposits.
Refer homeless Veterans to appropriate units depending on the value of their voucher as well as housing assistance programs and local housing market.
Maintain a database of landlords and property management companies that accept HCV subsidies.
Use property management or housing search services to create a directory and refer Veterans to housing.
Read, understand, and apply federal and state rules and regulations related to HUD and subsidized housing.
Assist Veteran in negotiating affordable security deposit to pay to Landlord.
Support the Veteran in negotiating issues with the landlord.
Collaborate with Landlord in negotiating issues with the Public Housing Authority.
Build and maintains strong Tenant/ Landlord relationships in providing consistent information.
Advocate for the Veteran while supporting the landlord in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.
Work in a team and independently in order to better understand and serve the most Veterans efficiently.
Assist VASH participants in filling out rental applications.
Prepare VASH participants for interview with potential landlord.
Educate Veterans and Landlords on the funding resources available.
Educate the community on HUD-VASH by organizing and conducting housing fairs in collaboration with local PHA to increase landlords' awareness and interest in HUD-VASH.
Daily use of laptop and/or desktop computer, copy and fax machines in order to input notes, complete reports, and provide resources to the Veteran.
Ensure VASH participants are safely transported to view identified available units.
Conduct a walk-through of apartments to help ensure they meet requirements for inspections (pre-inspections and rapid re-inspections) and lease up.
Ensure that confidential information about an individual is not disclosed except for specific legal exceptions or with the consent of the individual.
Other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday -Friday
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: HOUSING ASSISTANT/PD12917A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/26/2023.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-05 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-04. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education combination as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-04 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include but are not limited to: Writing or reviewing leases, speaking with realtors, and housing inspectors, managing property, experience with tenant rights, securing and/or assisting with security deposits, customer service, reviewing legal documents, training individuals on benefits and rights, researching legal requirements (federal and state), and processing data using software. OR,
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 4 years above high school. OR,
Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond a bachelor's degree level; only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Customer ServiceInfluencing/NegotiatingInformation ManagementInterpersonal SkillsPersonnel Security and SafetyTeaching Others
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Employee is required to walk and climb stairs; handle, finger, grasp and feel objects and equipment; communicate; receive and exchange ideas, information by means of the spoken and written work; be mobile by oneself from place to place quickly and easily; repeat various motions with the writs, hands and fingers; be able to have visual acuity for (including, but not limited to) administrative and clerical tasks; drive government vehicles in or around Los Angeles County and City of Los Angeles and transport clients; be able to enter various buildings that may require climbing stairs.
Incumbent will be required to complete a medical evaluation at least once every 4 years to ensure that employee who operates a government owned or leased vehicle are medically able to do so without undue risk to themselves or others, pursuant to VA Handbook 5019, Part II, Appendix A, Paragraph 1.a and 1.a.(3).
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- Address Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90073
- Name: Deanna Dithavong
- Email: [email protected]