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Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership is growing!

We have new, exciting employment opportunities available within our organization. Are you the right person for one of these positions?

Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership is a private, independent 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission to cultivate partnerships and resources to increase the availability of quality, fair and affordable housing throughout Lancaster County.

We believe that all families deserve a quality, affordable home, either to purchase or rent.  Lancaster County needs to provide residents with a continuum of choices that includes a wide variety of housing sizes, types, locations and prices.   As a U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving Lancaster and York County, we are dedicated to providing a full range of technical and financial services to those seeking to create or preserve affordable housing.

 

Current Open Positions

HOMEOWNERSHIP SPECIALIST

This is a full-time position which assists with the delivery of a comprehensive first-time homebuyer training and lending program. Major elements of responsibility include processing applications for financial assistance and training prospective homebuyers. The position is integral in assuring that proper and accurate documentation is provided to ensure program integrity for the organization and behalf of its clients.  The Homeownership Specialist works under the direct supervision of the York Housing Opportunity Center Director and closely with the Director of Lending to accomplish the primary tasks and responsibilities of the position.

Please email your cover letter + resume to msoto@lhop.org

No phone calls please.

Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

 

HOUSING PROGRAMS SPECIALIST

Job Despription

General Duties

The primary goal of the Housing Programs Specialist is to assist in the delivery of programs, services, and resources related to populations with special needs, with an additional responsibility of supporting the agency’s fair housing and landlord/tenant education efforts.  The Housing Programs Specialist will achieve these goals through the creation and monitoring of education and resources specifically aimed at increasing opportunities and stability for decent, affordable housing for members of our community who are marginalized.  The position is under the supervision of the Director of the Housing Equality and Equity Institute at the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP).

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the Director of the Housing Equality and Equity Institute and Administrative Coordinator, provides consultation to individuals regarding their rights, responsibilities, options, and remedies under fair housing and landlord/tenant law. Empowers community partners to create and sustain equal, affordable, and accessible housing opportunities in Lancaster County.
  • In collaboration with partners, cultivates relationships with social workers, governments, tenants, landlords, property managers, housing developers, Realtors, other housing providers and media to educate residents of the County of Lancaster about their fair housing rights.
  • Applies knowledge of residential lease contracts to educate clients of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Ensures the effectiveness of the Community Rental Equity Fund- CREF (formerly Landlord Risk Reduction Fund). Carefully monitors CREF, reporting any late rental payment, damage or potential financial losses to the Director of the Housing Equality and Equity Institute. Coordinates inspections with service and housing provider and maintains a proactive communication with all the parties involved in the program
  • Creates and provides monthly reports on program and services to the Director of the Housing Equality and Equity Institute.
  • Implements policies and procedures for set aside units for people with disabilities at 20% Average Median Income (AMI) as Local Lead Agency (LLA) for Lancaster County. In collaboration with the Director of Housing Equality and Equity Institute, encourages housing development companies that apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits to increase units for individuals with disabilities, write letters of support for new projects that meet the required amount of set aside units, prepare and sign memorandums of understanding and serve as referral entity.
  • Manages the 811 Project Rental Assistance units for Lancaster County, including providing outreach presentations to new service providers. Assist consumers, service providers and housing providers with the application process, and maintain a consumer wait list for the 811 units in Lancaster County.
  • Ensures all service providers for individuals with disabilities are invited to participate in accessing the available resources under the Local Lead Agency and 811 grant programs.
  • Participates in Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and Department of Human Services meetings, trainings and other events that pertain to the management of PA’s Local Lead Agency program and 811 Project Rental Assistance program and act on behalf of the County of Lancaster for those programs.
  • Assists with public relations and advertising activities through communication sources to increase community awareness of the services provided by the Housing Equality and Equity Institute. Manage social media campaigns, news or events regarding the Housing Equality & Equity Institute.
  • Attends team/staff meetings and trainings.
  • Performs duties as assigned by management

Qualifications and Experience

High School Diploma or General Equivalency diploma (GED) required, BA degree closely related to human services field with at least two (2) years of relevant experience in social service, property management, or nonprofit organizations or a mix of education and experience is a plus.

Bi-lingual (Spanish) language skills is a plus, but not required.

Demonstrated knowledge of community resources, social service agencies, fair housing, landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities preferred.

Knowledge of Federal, State, and local housing rules, regulations and programs to include rental assistance programs for low-income households preferred.

Skills

Sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of population served;

Computer literacy in Microsoft Office products and internet research required;

Excellent communication skills, particularly listening, and writing skills;

Ability to negotiate or mediate leases, damage claims, and landlord/tenant disputes;

Ability to work independently yet within an organizational setting;

Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.

Excellent Critical Thinking Skills, e.g. regarding processes, internal and external program synergies and problem solving.

Ability to remain objective and interact effectively with persons in stressful and/or sensitive situations, and the ability to work collaboratively with service providers or professionals.

Occupation Environment

Work Site:                               LHOP office and other settings within Lancaster County

Regular Work Hours:               Regular Office hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Workweek:                              37.5 hours/week, Monday through Friday

Reports Directly to:                 Director of the Housing Equality and Equity Institute

Supervises:                              NA

FLSA Status:                            Non-Exempt

LHOP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status under local, state, or federal law.

Please email your cover letter + resume to agarcia@lhop.org

No phone calls please.

CONTRIBUTE!

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, LHOP relies on contributions from the community to provide the services and programs for the benefit of Lancaster County residents. As we like to say here at LHOP…”good housing is the foundation of a great community.” Please consider providing a tax deductible contribution to partner with us in building this strong foundation.

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Contact Information

Street Address:
123 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

Phone/Fax:
(717) 291-9945
(717) 299-7840 for Fair Housing Center
(717) 291-9850 Fax

LHOP is a proud member of:
The Building Industry Association of Lancaster County
The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry
National Fair Housing Alliance