SSVF Housing Navigator

Welcome! Your Meridian Career Starts Here!

Position Title: SSVF - Housing Navigator

Location: Gainesville, FL.

Salary: $18.90|Hr. | Non-Exempt

Ready to make a positive impact in someone else's life?

Starting your career journey with Meridian is just the way to do it!

Why Meridian?

Meridian Behavioral Health is a private, non -profit organization with roots in the mental

health community since the 1960's. Since that time, we've expanded to 13 counties in

North Central Florida. We us a multidisciplinary approach to treating to those facing.

mental health challenges and substance use disorders.

We want you! We welcome your knowledge, experience, story and expertise!

  • Provide support to program participants with housing location, Develop/maintain relationships with landlords, and provide support as concerns arise.
  • Responsible for building relationship with landlords, create, maintain a landlord listing database, Work with VA Medical Centers and other providers to regularly case conference Veteran families with VASH Case Managers to coordinate housing navigation services.
  • Utilize rapid rehousing referrals as bridge to VASH to quickly secure housing unites when there are delays in the Permanent Housing Assistance process. Collect and keep files of income certifications, calculation of subsidies and lease approvals for participant's direct lease contracts.
  • Provide program participants with the housing resources needed to reach their permanent housing goals, assist with client intake process, initial assessments; create, maintain client files and the development of individualized service plans.
  • Provide support to help resolve tenant, landlord disputes working with case management teams, tenants, property, Provide individual and in group education regarding housing retention, tenancy skills and money management.
  • Negotiate rental agreements with landlords, conduct housing inspection/assist participants with review of lease agreements, move ins, conduct office, home/field visits to program participants, provide documents all services provided through HMIS data base, including client in takes, program entry and program exit.
  • Assist with client intake process and initial assessments; create and maintain client files. Network with other agencies, coalitions, and local community meetings. Actively participate in staff meetings and trainings with the HUD-VASH Team and collaborating agencies.
  • Actively collaborate with case managers on the client's progress and challenges. Distribute educational information throughout the community and provide resources and referrals to families. Maintain liaison and good working relationship with various government and professional agencies.
  • Provide units of service as determined by our memorandum of understanding and contract expectations and perform other duties as assigned.

Who are we looking for? (Minimum Qualifications)

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred; AA degree required.
  • two years of experience dealing with the homeless population, accessing benefits and working in housing and/or community development and 1 year experience working with professional management and computer input an equivalent combination of training and experience required which provides the required knowledge, ability, and skills, experience working with computer systems, including electronic spreadsheet, database management and word processing.
  • Must have a current Florida Driver's License with a clean driving record while meeting company insurance requirements.

What You Will Love!

· Friendly, flexible and lively work environment- To all Meridian

employees we offer free activities including Zumba and Yoga. We also believe in companywide celebrations and blood drives. Our employee engagement committee is always coming up with other fun activities for all.

· Work-life balance - Generous PTO accrual for vacation, sick leave and holidays.

· Benefits - Several health insurance plan options available including tax sheltered health savings account. Vision, dental, retirement, life insurance, and accidental death are also available.

· Wellness Programs - Employees have an opportunity to earn a monthly discount on their medical plan premiums by participating in the Vitality wellness program, and Employee Assistance Program(EAP).

· Compensation & Retirement - Competitive salaries and 403(b) retirement savings with company match up to 8%.

· Growth & Education- Opportunities for growth and career advancement. Tuition reimbursement. Public service loan forgiveness and free clinical supervision.

· Perks - Cell phone plan discounts, travel reimbursement and gym membership discount programs, LegalShield, pet insurance and more!

Our Hiring Process:

· We pre-screen your application. If we find that your skills are a match for the position you applied for we will then send your resume over to the hiring manager to schedule an interview.

· If the interview is successful our talent acquisition recruiter from Human Resources Department will reach out to you with a verbal job offer and send over your background check paperwork as well as your follow up & next steps email.

· After you have cleared the background screening process our talent acquisition team will then send you an overview with expectations for New Employee Orientation start date.

Our team is committed to helping you grow into the best version of yourself you were always meant to be. Thank you for considering joining the Meridian family!

How to apply:

If you are interested in making an impact while positively impacting the community apply below.

Simply apply through this website or visit us directly at

Join us in our mission to bring education about mental illnesses and substance use disorders and the treatment of those affected to the world.

"Hope, Recovery, and Wellness are within everyone's reach."

Meridian is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are fully committed to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, marital status, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service or because they are a protected veteran or other non-merit-based factors.