Breaking Ground operates nearly 4,000 units of housing across New York City, along with housing in upstate New York and Connecticut. Supportive housing - affordable housing paired with services designed to help people maintain their homes for the long-term - is widely recognized as a proven and cost-effective solution to chronic homelessness.
But we didn't stop at providing housing. Breaking Ground's programs and services help people experiencing street homelessness - especially those who have been on the streets the longest - to come indoors. Through our Street to Home outreach program and transitional housing resources, we help people get, and stay, on the path to a permanent home.
TheLeasing Specialistsupports the efforts of Breaking Ground to lease up and keep occupied Breaking Ground's more than 2000 units of supportive housing apartments and affordable housing that is managed by Breaking Ground and for profit developers. This position will work directly with low-income and special needs applicants who are applying for housing. They will conduct all job related duties in compliance with LIHTC guidelines, other housing contracts and equal housing opportunity laws.
Create HPD/HDC file and get updated documents
Create, scan and submit file to BG Compliance for review and to HPD/HDC as required
Conduct employment/asset/applicant phone verifications
Generate initial leases and assist in procurement of SRO-MOD and Shelter Plus Care applications
Organize files for supervisor review
Request and obtain special needs move-in funds
Conduct lease signings and initial unit inspections for the partnered sites
Ensure subtenants and/or tenants seeking unit changes meet income requirements for the site
Assist with housing lotteries
Perform other related duties as assigned
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS EXPERIENCE:
Two (2) years of comparable work experience in supportive housing, property management, social services or a closely related field
Experience and/or commitment to working with low income populations
Working knowledge of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Section 8, (NYCHA and HPD) DHCR, Rent Stabilization Law, Rent Guidelines Board and Fair Housing
Detail oriented and organized
Flexibility, creativity and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
Superior writing and analytical skills
Ability to interact effectively with applicants, tenants and with all levels of staff and management
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Proficiency in Microsoft Office - including Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook
Breaking Ground's leasing staff operates under aggressive benchmarks/goals. This requires visiting buildings and leasing offices throughout NYC that are owned and/or managed by Breaking Ground. In addition, variations in turnover of units create an environment that is fast-paced and challenging. Staff is called upon to make decisions based on facts not emotions which can be difficult given the needs of the applicant pool.