Housing Specialist US Department of Veterans Affairs Decatur

Title Housing Specialist
Date 2020
Company US Department of Veterans Affairs
City Decatur

Short Description :

Direct housing search and other support services for Veterans in the HUD/VASH Program by locating suitable permanent housing in the community The Atlanta VA Healthcare System is currently recruiting for a Housing Assistant at the Fort McPherson CBOC for within ,…

Full Description :

    Duties Summary

    The Atlanta VA Healthcare System is currently recruiting for a Housing Assistant at the Fort McPherson (CBOC) for within HCHV under the Social Work Service Line.


    The Housing Assistant is assigned to the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program under the Health Care for Homeless (HCHV) Program which is part of the Social Work Service Line. The HUD VASH program is a program that seeks to connect homeless Veterans with permanent housing through collaboration with HUD. The HUD VASH program provides a "Housing First" approach to housing homeless Veterans with a myriad of psychosocial, mental health, and substance abuse disorders that have caused housing disruptions. The HUD VASH program takes a multidisciplinary approach to housing Veterans where they are managed through a team approach vs. the traditional individual case management model. Housing Assistants will need to meet with landlords, transport Veterans to potential landlords across a major metropolitan area to include Rome and Carrollton and provide assistance with completion or rental and/or HUD paperwork. The incumbent will work collaboratively with local housing authorities to help ensure Veterans obtain housing and remain housed. The incumbent will be responsible for obtaining secure and stable housing for chronically homeless and/or homeless veterans through the utilization of the Housing Choice Voucher. Developing action plans to promote community landlords' interest and willingness in renting to Veterans with HUD VASH Voucher.
    Duties include but are not limited to:

    • Assisting HUD VASH Veterans with applications;
    • Assisting HUD/VASH Veterans in their search to find housing that will meet the minimum qualifications of a Public Housing Administration (PHA) inspector;
    • Attending briefing sessions with program participants;
    • Establishing respectful, effective relationships with Veterans and with the clinical and administrative staff from the HUD/VASH Program, the PHA, community partner agencies, the leadership in the HCHV and community landlord/property management companies;
    • Providing permanent housing development, landlord and homeless outreach and direct housing search and other support services for Veterans in the HUD/VASH Program by locating suitable permanent housing in the community.

    Work Schedule: Tours will vary based on program needs and can include non-traditional hours to include evenings and weekends.
    Telework: Not Available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Position Description/PD#: Housing Specialist/PD0000
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1101 General Business And Industry

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to background/security investigation
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, .
    Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-5 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-4. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
    You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
    • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-04 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Carrying out general assignments independently and consulting with supervisor and colleagues in developing knowledge adn applying agency policies and practices to new matter. Understanding and knowledge of housing market trends. Identifying and acquiring housing for low-income individuals and families. Understanding guidelines which include broad District and Department policies, directives and pertinent legislation, court decisions, Federal and local laws (e.g. the Homeless Services Reform Act. Also experience that equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. OR,
    • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have four years above high school. OR,
    • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond first 60 hours (i.e. beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.
    You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
    Physical Requirements: Generally, work is sedentary. Some walking, handling and carrying of light to moderately heavy objects (such as files and records) are required. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job-related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Background checks and security clearance Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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