Womankind (formerly the New York Asian Women’s Center) helps survivors of gender based violence. This can include domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence as well as victimizations that sit within the intersections of these. We work across the lifespan acknowledging that violence can enter and re-enter a person’s live at any age regardless of background. Our goal is to provide support, guidance and work with survivors so that they can live their lives free of abuse and find ways to rise above violence. We believe this is achieved when survivors can gain harmony in their lives and a sense of belonging to a community. Through these gains, survivors can engage in a healing journey that is holistic and supportive of the individual needs of the survivor and their family. Our services are spread out in 3 community offices as well as 2 confidential emergency residences.
As a part of the Womankind team, the Housing Specialist will work with both our residential as well as community-based programs to improve housing outcomes for our client base. The Specialist will work with advocates as well as Associate Directors to create housing strategies that optimize the wellbeing of survivors we work with. This is inclusive of working with the current housing programs that are available to domestic and sexual violence survivors within New York City.
This is a hands-on role that involved both micro-level work as well as macro-level work. It will be the responsibility of the Specialist to conduct assessment of ongoing needs of the current client based and work with counseling staff to develop strategies to support the obtaining and maintaining of safe and independent living environments. The Specialist will additionally play an advocacy role in voicing the needs of survivors to local coalitions and taskforces that are developing policies and best practices when working with domestic and sexual violence survivors. The specialist will work with the Pathways to Empowerment team, which is inclusive of staff with technical skills in workforce readiness as well as benefits and entitlements expertise, to support a holistic and comprehensive understanding of empowerment and self-sufficiency. The housing specialist along with the Pathways to Empowerment colleagues will build out a program that is comprehensive within the agency looking at self-sufficiency in a more trauma- informed and survivor-centered lens.
Primary Responsibilities: Residential and Non- Residential Programs: