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A great work environment
Care Manager (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYJanuary 13, 2017
Housing Works is a fast paced environment that keeps you engaged daily. I enjoyed my time with Housing Works in which I learned how to manage my time in order to obtain successful outcomes. The hardest part of the job at times is finding Housing for my clients but that was due to benefits or housing availability. The most enjoyable part of my day is being able to meet with staff in the morning, and brain storming with supervisors to provide a great service to client daily.
Pros
Flexibility.
Cons
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Accounting intern (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 3, 2017
Company pays well for the job but at times is an understatement.
HW has a noble cause worth joining and fighting but management seems to have a for-profit mindset and ideals without proper plans.
Pros
Paid breaks, benefits, job security
Cons
little opportunities to dvance
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hostile and ghetto work environment . no work stations to do basic notes
care navigator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 5, 2017
environment is very unprofessional and hostile. staff is too new as workforce constantly changes due to high turn over.
Pros
good benefits
Cons
unprofessional work environment and pay
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Experiences vary - beware!
Social Worker (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYSeptember 22, 2016
Housing Works can be an amazing or terrible place to work, depending on the type of work you do and where you do that work.

As a social worker providing outpatient services in Brooklyn, Housing Works was the most unethical, unsupportive, and unreasonable job I have ever held. Staff was given an unrealistic workload, no quality supervision, inappropriate workspace, and staff were regularly put in the way of physical harm at the hands of mentally ill and drug-using client who are being provided with sub-standard care.

Staff were expected to over report services rendered, subjected to verbal harassment, and the management structure led to limited recourse. My department had high staff turnover and incredibly low staff morale. I have, and will continue to caution social workers thinking of accepting a job there. Throw your ethics and skills out the window and be prepared to have unreasonable expectations put on you (caseload of 40+, 7 sessions a day minimum, no clinical supervision or support).

That being said, the agency does do good work...in other departments. The energy and passion of many staff members is clear, and the quality of the job depends on who your supervisor is and what grant/program you are working under. The vacation time is good, salary is average. It's hard to get fired here and they like to keep people around for a long time!
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
So support, unrealistic expectations
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awesome
staff (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYAugust 29, 2016
Awesome culture.
Great benefits,
Great people to work with.
More observation on certain directors can be done so that their supervision can help the staff below them grow.
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productive and fun place to work
Care Manager (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 31, 2016
Organization needs some improvement. Communication is poor, and benefits needs to be improved. PTO should be in a category by itself and should not be charged to holiday time. That is a separate charged and need more time off since the field in social service is a burn out field. It's not always about the client, the staff needs support too.
Pros
great teamwork
Cons
caseload, poor communication
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Leading advocate for housing for people livi g with disabilities
Consumer representatice, (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn New York, NYDecember 8, 2016
One of the premier Organizations which strongly advocates for the disenfranchised and disabled. Housing works has consumers which sits on its executive board of directors and contributes to its mission statement and management functions.
I personally cannot think of an organization which provides for the international community and at home with life saving services.
Pros
Consumer participants in exe urive decision making for organization
Cons
Ican't think of any
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Great working with different people of all cultures
Counselor (Former Employee) –  Manhattan, NYFebruary 15, 2017
One of the best experiences I've had working with people with terminal illnesses, and problem solving for their daily task also running groups for spiritual balance.
Pros
Free Cooking Classes
Cons
Long hours
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Health Home Care Manager (Current Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 8, 2017
Develops patient focused care plans. Work with the medical staff to implement, and coordinate the care plan for patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, mental illness and substance abuse. Conducts field visits and documents the outcomes of care plans in the case record. Conducts initial assessments, and periodic reassessments of patients’ needs including medical, mental, substance use, financial and housing support needs.
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ghetto
Residential Aide Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 17, 2017
the people are ghetto with no sense of professionalism but a lot of room for advancement. Most co workers are okay but like any place you have to watch who you befriend
Pros
growth
Cons
you cant have a life outside the company
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Impossible to do a good job at this organization
CASAC-t (Current Employee) –  Outpatient AOD treatment facilityJuly 20, 2016
The amount of tasks given and the caseload number is absolutely unreasonable. Little chance for success. The clients are great and the management only worried about money. Unfortunate, as i have had a number of highly educated, capable co-workers who have not been able to stay at this job. Poor Supervision, and no regard for the well-being of it's employees in the OASAS Outpatient Alcohol and Substance Use Treatment Facility.
Unfortunately the management does not seem to mind the high turnover rates of its staff in the OASAS program. Counselors and Social Workers have a less than two year time span in this organization. Sad for the clients.
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Great Nonprofit to Volunteer For
Volunteer (Current Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 8, 2016
Housing Works is the best place to volunteer for a nonprofit organization for people who want to work in that field.

I get along with my co-workers and the staff without a problem.

Management helps with clients' issues and problems to the best of her ability.

I enjoyed learning about what substance abuse counselors do for people.

The hardest part is that there's no hardest part.
Pros
Staff, clients, the work
Cons
None
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Fast pace work environment
Administrative Specialist (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJuly 2, 2016
There are any opportunities for professional advancement at Housing Works. Moreover, the job culture espouses diversity and high performance. Also, there is a tremendous amount of workflow and output given to employees to complete with quick and abrupt deadlines. However, the organization does cultivate creativity and staff input on how to increase and maintain productivity.
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Grat place to work
Externship (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 23, 2017
Friendly Staff and a much needed program Excellent program did a Internship there and would love to get back there full time the Brooklyn location is very professional
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Non Profit
Care Manager (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJanuary 3, 2017
There is a lot of work needed to put in for clients. Case load is pretty high and can be stressful at times. Overall a good place to work, but need to be able to handle stress levels.
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Pet Sitter (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, DESeptember 28, 2016
A typical day at work is usually a couple hours. I learn about the kids. More about the people i work with. Everyone there is productive. My manager was the best she helped financially outside the job. The hardest part of the job was dealing with negative people. The best part was seeing the kids face every time they learned
Pros
free lunch
Cons
short breaks
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Mission driven
Site Director (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 12, 2016
This is a mission driven organization. Workload is heavy with little down time. Rewarding and challenging work which hone clinical skills. Professional growth opportunities.
Pros
Rewarding work
Cons
Poor health coverage
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Low stress and fulfilling workplace
Online sales (Current Employee) –  Brooklyn, NYJune 11, 2015
A wonderful place to work with benefits including PTO, healthcare, and dental care. Management is willing to let you change your hours around if needed.
Best part of the job is knowing that every dollar you earn for Housing Works goes to help people suffering from homelessness and AIDS.
Pros
Health and dental even for those not working full time
Cons
Exhausting at times
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Wonderful diverse culture
HR Intern/Onboarding Specialist (Current Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 10, 2013
There is nothing better than to work among such diverse and interesting people. These people know how to laugh and isn't extremely formal. It is a great work environment for those who love working toward big meaningful goals.
Pros
No micromanagement, good benefits, helpful and understanding if you have personal problems
Cons
Financial stability and ability to invest into growth instead of maintenance
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Passionate workplace
Re-entry Program Director (Current Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 27, 2015
Lots of passion, compensation limited. They are a nonprofit entity and unable to compensate what individuals are worth. But, it is a good place to work overall.
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