Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Housing Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
    Req No.
    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Our City Star Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program is dedicated to the treatment and recovery of adults living with a serious mental illness in San Diego’s Central and North Central County. Our clients have been homeless or are at risk of homelessness and may also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. We offer recovery focused wraparound services, and help our clients become more productive community members, providing services that build on their strengths and further their recovery.  Knowing that client needs don’t always occur during regular business hours, we have staff onsite, in the field, or on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms with the values highlighted on the cover of this directory. Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.


    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis.

    Position Description



    The Housing Specialist works with community organizations, government agencies and property owners to secure living arrangements, negotiate rents, deposits and move-in terms on behalf of clients.  Manages lease agreements for short-term, transitional and permanent housing.  Works with a team to ensure the availability of appropriate housing options for clients.



    • Locates housing opportunities in defined areas to meet short-term, transitional and permanent client-housing needs.
    • Manages all lease agreements, including master leases and scattered-site leases.
    • Prepares subsidy applications, maintain client housing files, and ensure rent calculations are accurate.
    • Works closely with program service staff to understand individual client needs and preferences related to housing. Regularly communicates with the staff about housing alternatives and changes in availability.
    • Assists in monthly tenant rent collection
    • Works with professionals in the housing industry as well as advocates for disabled, homeless, senior citizens, veterans and low to moderate income persons.
    • Attends public meetings and engage in community outreach to provide housing assistance information.
    • Assists clients by driving them to housing locations and helping them to secure required documents for housing placement.
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPPA standards.

    Education/Experience Requirements


    • A degree in sociology, psychology or related field required. BA/BS preferred
    • Minimum of two years of experience providing housing-related social services to clients
    • Demonstrated knowledge of housing needs of individuals with mental illness
    • Experience and ability to engage culturally diverse populations
    • Ability to interact positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education and maintain the distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with clients, family members, community leaders, housing professionals and staff members.
    • Ability to both work independently and to effectively collaborate with a team
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and EHR software.


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