Alpha Project for the Homeless
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • 22-24 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Alpha Project offers a generous benefits package, including 14 paid holidays, paid vacation, sick leave, and 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision premium, and group life insurance.

POSITION TITLE: Housing Navigator/Peer Support Specialist

DEPARTMENT: TPSS (Tenant Peer Support Services)

REPORTS TO: Program Director/Program Manager

BENEFITS: Alpha Project offers a generous benefits package, including 14 paid holidays, paid vacation, sick leave, and 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision premium, and group life insurance.

FLSA: Full-time, Non-Exempt

Salary: $22-24 an hour, commensurate with experience and education


The TPSS Housing Navigator/Peer Specialist, under the direct supervision of the Region Lead, and Program Manager, provides services to clients accessing one of the six HHSA Regions. The Housing Navigator/Peer Specialist is responsible for a full caseload, providing housing identification, case management, support services to clients, and if qualified, peer support.


  • Performs intake interviews and assessments and refers clients to appropriate community resources, as needed.
  • Work with clients to identify and overcome barriers to securing housing and increasing income.
  • Assist clients with obtaining and completing necessary documents to access housing, benefits, or increasing income.
  • Provide peer support to clients.
  • Maintains prompt documentation using HMIS, following agency and best standard practices.
  • Assesses the client's needs and arranges, coordinates, monitors, evaluates, and advocates for a variety of services to meet those complex needs.
  • Assists with transportation and moving clients into their residence, and assists with securing furniture, supplies, and other housing essentials.
  • Addresses unanticipated client/resident needs/issues as they arise.
  • Participates as a member of a multi-disciplinary team that reviews client cases and develops action plans that meet the individual needs of each client.

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job.


Team Members must demonstrate the ability to follow policies and procedures established in the Company's Employee Handbook and relevant funders policies and procedures. Team Members will also contribute to a positive work environment by behaving and communicating in a manner such that they get along with all constituent groups, co-workers, and management. In addition, the education, experience, and other skills listed below represent the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Experience and Education

  • Two (2) years experience in case management working with vulnerable populations and/or in mental health settings preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or a related field, preferred.
  • Individuals with lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Bilingual speaker preferred.
  • Valid Driver's Licence


  • Ability to communicate in person and over the phone, required.
  • Ability to drive throughout San Diego County, required.
  • Firm understanding of Microsoft Office and HMIS, required.
  • The ability to adhere to policies and procedures, required.
  • Understanding confidentiality protocols and protecting personal information, required.
  • Effectively problem-solve and maintain composure in high-pressure situations, required.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal daily supervision, required.
  • Knowledge of the utilized practices, including Housing First, Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and Harm-Reduction, preferred.
  • Completion of RI International's Peer Employment Training (PET), preferred.

Alpha Project for the Homeless provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

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