This Homeless Programs Specialist, Youth position is dedicated to guiding the statewide efforts to ensure homelessness for youth and other Coloradans is rare, brief, and one-time as a member of the Office of Homeless Initiatives (OHI). This position is responsible for administering the Office of Homeless Youth Services (OHYS) and provides leadership for the Advisory Council on Homeless Youth (ACHY), which identifies obstacles to the provision of services and connection to housing, as well as makes recommendations regarding solutions at both local and statewide levels. The position oversees and coordinates homeless solutions recommendations with state and local planning and advisory groups and taskforces to ensure that youth experiencing homelessness connected to the limited housing and services resources. The position helps plan, organize, and provide local, regional, and statewide strategies and technical assistance regarding challenges and best practices regarding homeless solutions.
The position administers the Division of Housing (DOH) Family Unification Program (FUP) for youth and the various state-funded Youth Housing programs. This includes managing procurement selection processes; drafting and managing contracts; managing budgets and utilization; monitoring policies and regulations; managing program procedures, milestones, and outcomes; and providing technical assistance and trainings as needed.
The Homeless Programs Specialist, Youth will work to further the efforts of OHI towards homeless solutions, particularly for special populations, and will focus on expanding the OHI's impact through strategic partnerships, including the state's Continuum of Care regions, other state agencies, and local government or non-government stakeholders, in order to provide additional housing opportunities for Colorado's residents living with complex needs and without housing. The position develops, prepares, and delivers presentations to organizations within public agencies and to the community about homelessness, and meets with and provides guidance to government departments and to the community on the housing and service needs of youth and others at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
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