Housing Outreach Worker, Vancouver

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Type: Internal & External Posting
Position:    Housing Outreach Worker, Vancouver
Hours: 28-hours per week: seven hours per day, working 1 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

An exciting opportunity exists for a Housing Outreach Worker with Atira Women's Resource Society. We offer a challenging and
rewarding work environment for women passionate about ending violence against women and children. Understanding the dynamics of violence against women and children and the intersectionality of oppressions within a feminist framework and being able to apply this understanding in your day-to-day practice is mandatory.


Minimum two-years’ experience as a front-line support worker working with women affected by violence/abuse, poverty and
homelessness; Experience working with tenancy issues/the RTA & RTB and experience in supporting women who have been
homeless to find housing is mandatory; At least one year working in an outreach capacity is also required as well as previous work
experience in the Downtown Eastside. Must have a well-developed analysis of the impact/legacy of colonization and assimilation and the resulting impact on First Nations, Métis and Inuit women; must be comfortable working with women who are struggling with substance use and/or mental & spiritual wellness and understand and be at ease working within a harm reduction framework.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in an effort to assist them to secure safe, affordable, appropriate long-term housing
  • Provide ongoing support in an effort to help women maintain their housing
  • Build and maintain relationships with landlords in an effort to support women to keep their housing and landlords to consider renting to other women.
  • Refer women to income assistance and other relevant support services
  • Provide accompaniments as appropriate/required
  • Work with other service providers and BC Housing to improve the quality of housing services
  • Keep and submit, as required, accurate statistical information
  • Maintain up-to-date wait lists

Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to provide non-judgmental support
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure/in crisis
  • Ability to give & receive constructive criticism
  • Ability to learn from experiences
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to manage stress


A degree, diploma or certificate in a related subject and/or relevant skill-based training is required, either through programs like those offered at the Justice Institute or the Native Education College and/or through volunteer training or relevant workplace experience. Formal education/credentials will count only as much as work experience.

Additional Requisites:

  • A valid First Aid certificate is required.
  • A valid Food Safe certificate is required.
  • Current Non Violent Crisis Intervention certificate is required (achieved or upgraded in past 12 months)
  • All positions are subject to a criminal records review
  • Must have a class five drivers’ license and a clean driving record

Application Process:

Expressions of interest, including an updated resume and a cover letter describing how you meet or exceed the above-noted
qualifications, must be received by email at jobs at atira.bc.ca or dropped off to 101 East Cordova before the deadline noted
above; Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Candidates who lack the basic experience and qualifications
set out in the posting will not be considered.

SOURCE: Atira Women's Resource Society

7 Dec 2015
Atira Women's Resource Society
Vancouver  British Columbia
Housing & Real Estate