The Housing Specialist is an employee of the Housing Alliance of PA (HAP) and will report directly to the Executive Director of HAP. However, this person will be jointly supervised by the Executive Housing Director within the PA Department of Human Services (DHS). All work of the Housing Specialist supports the implementation of the state-wide housing strategy including deliverables within timeframes as identified in the work plan developed by DHS in coordination with HAP.
The Housing Specialist focuses on the aspects of the housing strategy that deal with consumer-transition from long-term care facilities or other types of institutional settings into home or community-based settings as well as consumer-diversion from long-term care facilities or other types of institutional settings in support of remaining in home or community-based settings (the “target population”). The Housing Specialist assists with planning, recommendations, and coordination of strategies and activities to expand the availability of housing and housing-related services and works to remove the barriers to housing for the target population. This work is accomplished by coordinating and directing the efforts of the DHS program offices, other state agencies, federal agencies, local government, and non-governmental organizations to identify and remove barriers to housing for the target population.