Community Support Specialist (Start Now)

Job Location

St Bernard Parish, LA, USA


From $14.42 an hour

Type of Job


Published Date

August 17, 2022, 5:00:00 AM

Job Description

Start Now will provide permanent supportive housing rental assistance and services to individuals experiencing homelessness. Start is seeking a Community Support Specialist to provide community-based services to assist clients in maintaining housing and meeting treatment goals. This position will also complete subsidy and administrative tasks to ensure project eligibility and ongoing program compliance.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree

  • Be over 18 years of age

  • Possess a valid driverʼs license

  • Personal experience of being homeless preferred

Core Competencies

  • Communicates respectfully and effectively and establishes professional relationships through active listening and demonstration of empathy and positive regard.

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

  • 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

  • Provides case management and supportive services (social skills, life skills, acquisition of benefits, community resource utilization, job search and placement, coping skills, money management ) for clients and arranges for the provision of services from community resources based on the case plan.

  • Participates in setting case plan goals/objectives. Completes case plans with clients.

  • Completes case logs and required documentation on all client services including data entry into required data systems. Ensures that clinical documentation and client files meet all applicable standards for licensing, accreditation, or other regulatory agencies.

  • Effectively utilizes community resources by providing appropriate referrals and linkages.

  • Maintains a clear driving record in order to be able to drive company vehicles to provide transportation to clients.

  • Supports and encourages landlord recruitment and retention. Actively seeks new landlords to provide fair and affordable housing opportunities to clients.

  • Rental Assistance Administration Tasks to include processing referrals, determining eligibility, processing rental payments, HMIS data entry


Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance, Vision insurance, Dental insurance, Life insurance, Paid time off, 14 Paid Holidays per year for regular full time staff, Disability insurance, 401(k), 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 who are impaired in their abilities to live and function independently.