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Street Outreach Specialist

Job Location

Baton Rouge, LA, USA


Starting at $17.79 an hour

Type of Job


Published Date

April 29, 2024 at 5:00:00 PM

Job Description

Street Outreach Specialists work with people experiencing homelessness at the homeless day shelter and in the community. Navigators enter participants into the Coordinated Entry system, link to mainstream and community resources, identify housing options, and create safety plans.

Minimum Requirements

● Open availability for late day shifts or weekends as needed.

● High School Diploma or GED, Bachelor’s preferred.

● Be over 18 years of age.

● Possess a valid driver’s license

● Personal experience of being homeless is preferred.

Core Competencies

● Communicates respectfully and effectively and establishes professional relationships through active

listening and demonstration of empathy and positive regard.

● Assists clients in identifying strengths, needs, and realistic goals to develop a service plan.

● Accurately identifies risk and responds appropriately.

● Effectively teaches social skills and household management skills.

● Demonstrates knowledge of behavioral health symptoms, interventions, and impact.

● Maintains professional boundaries and operates within agency / ethical guidelines.

● Knowledge of agency and community resources and referral processes.

Job Duties/Skills Required

● Promotes recovery, independence, and personal choice for participants.

● Provides outreach to individuals in the streets, shelters, and anywhere designated that homeless

individuals may congregate. Whenever they may congregate.

● Potentially works a non-regular schedule to better meet the needs of the community.

● Coordinates the care for individuals, providing advocacy, housing search, mental health education,

daily living skill training, and supportive counseling

● Accompanies individuals to appointments through the use of public transportation.

● Coordinates referrals and linkages to housing, mental health, substance abuse; medical and various

social service providers as needed for the individual.

● Utilize evidence-based practices, including motivational interviewing and CBT skills, when engaging

individuals with their recovery.

● Provides frequent face-to-face contact in order to engage and maintain individuals with services and


● Maintains contact with service providers to encourage referrals and ensure effective coordination of


● Participates in weekly supervision to review cases and issues related to level of service.

● Engage in diversion and assessment activities to effectively help individuals resolve homelessness

and get matched with appropriate services.

● Attend outreach and other community meetings to coordinate with other outreach workers and

community service providers.

● Collaborate and coordinate services with appropriate community agencies.

● Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with community partners and work together

to identify and improve processes that enhance service.


Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, paid time off, 13 paid holidays per year for regular full time staff,  401(k), and 401(k) matching.

About Start Corporation

Start Corporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984. Our Mission is to promote opportunities, which enhance the self-sufficiency of people to empower them to live and function independently.

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