Homelessness Prevention Housing Counselor (2 openings)

Northern Virginia Family Service

About the organization

Working at Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) means doing work that matters every day because of the difference you will make in the lives of children and families in Northern Virginia. NVFS’ breadth, depth and scope of services offer the resources and support to ensure that everyone in need, at every stage of life, maximizes their potential and fully contributes to a thriving community. NVFS is a private, non-profit human service organization with 400+ employees, 6,000+ volunteers, and various offices located throughout Northern Virginia. Serving nearly 35,000 children and families, our program areas include housing and emergency services; nutritional, physical, and mental health services; early childhood education, foster care and child placement services; family reunification, youth intervention and prevention services; job training and entrepreneurship programs services; and legal services.


The Housing Counselor for homelessness prevention will provide assistance in building client self-sufficiency around family systems, housing, budgeting, employment, educational training, health, and other human services, with an emphasis on long-term economic and housing stability in keeping with the Housing 1st goals.
Conduct comprehensive initial screening process to determine eligibility for program services, providing assessment, intake and enrollment where appropriate.
Manage a caseload of specific clients including developing Service Goal Plan, budgeting, and monitoring of client’s compliance with program rules.
Conduct and document client meetings to monitor progress.
Conduct phone follow-up after completion of the program.
Conduct outreach and establish network of community resources and services.
Make referrals to other services as needed and work with other community providers to provide collaborative services to clients.
Conduct unit inspections to ensure compliance with safety and federal/funder regulations.
Conduct and document home visits to document progress and ensure that clients still meet program guidelines and eligibility.
Process re-certifications as per funder’s requirements.
Outreach to landlords for mediation, negotiation, and tenant relations.
Monitor direct assistance that can be used for financial support, rent, utility, and security deposit payments.


Must have one of the following:
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university with one (1) year of case management experience; OR
Associate’s degree with at least two (2) years of related work experience; OR
At least four (4) years of related work experience with no relevant education.

Housing Counselor Certification a plus
Fluency in English required; bilingual skills in Spanish a plus
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
Ability to work a flexible work schedule to meet client needs
Successful completion of background checks is required upon hire

Application instructions

Please apply based on your location of interest:
Prince William County, Virginia: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/NOR1025NORVI/JobBoard/32cdcf9c-5e9a-45b5-8aa9-8561665cc68e/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=95ce09c5-bc1a-4cd5-b0dc-3eb8e5245817
Fairfax County, Virginia: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/NOR1025NORVI/JobBoard/32cdcf9c-5e9a-45b5-8aa9-8561665cc68e/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=63089b77-8501-4760-a9f6-7bca47a12194

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