Youth Housing Worker

Job No: PCRS46
Location: Surrey

Semi-Independent Living Program - Youth Housing Services - Surrey

Regular Full Time (35 hours/week) (Grid 13)

PCRS is a long-standing, award-winning not-for-profit that serves the most vulnerable people in the Province of B.C. We believe that helping the most marginalized individuals and families will raise the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities, and our mission is to inspire healthy and inclusive communities through leadership and collaboration. We value advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being. We have been recognized for placing a high value on work-life balance. Our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining work-life balance. We take care of our people who take care of the people we serve.

PCRS seeks an experienced youth housing worker for its Semi-independent Living Program in Surrey Youth Housing Services. The successful applicant will be part of an integrated youth services team that works out of the Youth Hubs in Surrey to provide support for vulnerable youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Position Summary:

The youth housing worker assists young people with one-to-one support for housing searches, landlord mediation, life skills support, and assistance with educational options.  This position requires staff to be effective in case management and to liaise with other agencies and community partners in case planning. 

Primary Duties:

  • Case management including accurate record-keeping, case notes and ICM attendance
  • Provide housing search supports including; supporting youth to understand their responsibilities as a tenant.
  • Supporting youth with online and physical housing searches
  • Moving assistance furniture and start-up supply sourcing
  • Facilitation of positive landlord/tenant relationships
  • Create and support service plans and connect youth to resources in the community.
  • Semi-independent living supports including coordination of house meetings, chores, roommate mediation
  • Leading Life Skills groups including cooking, cleaning, budgeting, communication, etc.
  • Support youth to engage in a program to best meet program expectations
  • Maintain positive working relationships with MCFD social workers and other community stakeholders.

Work Conditions:

  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (approximately).
  • Flexibility depending on circumstances will be required, including occasional weekends, early mornings and evening work, and offering emergency support at key times based on need.

Academic and Job Experience Required:

  • Direct experience in working with vulnerable youth and young people in a housing capacity.
  • B.A. in a related field with one-year related experience, or a child and youth care diploma plus two years’ experience,
  • Or a combination of education and related work experience with vulnerable youth and young adults will be considered.                                             

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal record check including the vulnerable sector
  • Valid BC Class 5 driver’s license with business insurance use
  • Driver’s abstract must be submitted
  • Sound understanding of Residential Tenancy Agreements

Desired Requirements:

  • Familiarity with Surrey and the surrounding area,
  • Sound knowledge of funding sources, and subsidies available to youth
  • Knowledge and understanding of Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Familiarity with MCFD Youth Agreement and Adult Youth Agreement requirements
  • Familiarity with the MSDPR application process and policies.
  • Familiarity with motivational interviewing, solution-focused counselling, substance use counselling training, mental health first aid training.


Tyler Lee, Supervisor, Surrey Youth Housing Services

Salary Range:     $24.01/hour – $27.33/hour, Plus benefit package (100% employer-paid)
Closing Date:     July 10, 2020 at 4:00pm

“PCRS fosters an environment that ensures a sense of belonging, dignity, and respect. We welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and all abilities.”

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