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Breaking Ground Housing Advocate in New York, New York

Housing Advocate

S2H Manhattan, 15 East 27th Street, New York, New York, United States of America

Req #740

Monday, February 22, 2021

ABOUT US: - We believe that everyone deserves a home!Breaking Ground operates nearly 4,000 units of housing across New York City, along with housing in upstate New York and Connecticut. Supportive housing - affordable housing paired with services designed to help people maintain their homes for the long-term - is widely recognized as a proven and cost-effective solution to chronic homelessness.

But we didn't stop at providing housing. Breaking Ground's programs and services help people experiencing street homelessness - especially those who have been on the streets the longest - to come indoors. Through our Street to Home outreach program and transitional housing resources, we help people get, and stay, on the path to a permanent home.

The Housing Advocate will contribute to solving homelessness by providing outreach, supportive case management, and housing placement services to street homeless individuals in the Business Improvement District (BID) area in Midtown Manhattan. Specifically, they will work with clients to deliver comprehensive referrals including information on meal programs, drop-in/shelter, and medical services. Housing Advocate will refer chronic street homeless individuals to the Street to Home (S2H) program and will work in connection with S2H team to provide ongoing housing placement and case management services that include but are not limited to obtaining a TB test, securing income (in collaboration with the Entitlements Unit), obtaining identification, completing psychosocial assessments, facilitating psychiatric evaluations, completing the HRA 2010e and other appropriate housing applications, securing transitional housing (drop-in/shelter/safe haven/stabilization bed,) and ultimately permanent housing placement. Housing Advocate will build a relationship with client utilizing motivational interviewing to encourage client to work towards housing. 

The Housing Advocate will also work with anyone who is street homeless in the BID area to the extent that it is in compliance with BID contract, program operations, and agency mission. The Housing Advocate is required to respond to 311s and referrals from the BID during his/her shift, as well as canvass for clients during cold/hot weather alerts. The Housing Advocate will work closely with clients, members of the Street to Home team, including Team Leaders, Assistant Director, Director, and partner agencies to prepare clients for housing.

The shift for this position is Monday-Friday 7.00 am - 3.00pm


  • Engage street homeless individuals in the BID area in Midtown Manhattan

  • Assess clients for appropriate housing environment and provide transport

  • Complete housing applications

  • Escort clients to appointments to obtain benefits, medical checkups, etc.

  • Communicate with team members through progress notes, program databases, reports, staff meetings, and weekly clinical supervision"

  • Liaison with other service providers on behalf of clients

  • Performs other related duties as assigned 


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent

  • Preference given to those with experience working among homeless men and women 

  • Excellent interpersonal and problems solving skills.

  • Preference given to those bilingual in Spanish and English 

  • Valid driver’s license with a driving record in good standing.

  • Maintaining a good driving record (as defined by the organization) is a condition of employment


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