Olmstead Housing Specialist


JOB TITLE:  Olmstead Housing Specialist

DEPARTMENT:  Independent Living of Niagara County (ILNC)

LOCATION:  Niagara Falls, NY



Assist individuals seeking eligibility for housing subsidy to transition from institutional setting to the community. Work as part of a coordinated Independent Living service team.


  1. Identify housing opportunities for individuals who are in need of housing in order to leave a nursing home, as well as for those who have unstable housing after leaving a nursing home.
  2. Assist eligible Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) participants through all steps necessary for enrollment, including filling out housing applications, obtaining household goods and / or support for moving expenses, arranging unit inspections, etc.
  3. Work with applicants and / or the individual’s Transition Specialist, Service Coordinator (SC), Nursing Home Discharge Planner, Care Manager (CM), natural supports, or advocate in order to ensure that a support services plan is in place for program enrollment.
  4. Conduct follow-up after subsidy is initiated, including but not limited to, verifying occupancy of unit and continued eligibility for program.
  5. Work to identify landlords, public housing and private housing in the region which may be suitable for individuals enrolled in the OHS program in the future.
  6. Maintain a list of available housing in the region, including degree of accessibility, location, proximity to services and rental costs.
  7. Track and report on all activities using New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) statewide project database.
  8. Accurately document consumer services and required paperwork in WNYIL’s Consumer Service Record (CSR), within two (2) business days of the date of service.
  9. Participate in maintaining a neat, clean and safe work environment.
  10.  Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Associate Degree in a related human services field


Bachelor’s Degree in a related human services field

Professional and life experience may be considered in lieu of, in full or part of academic credentials.


  •  Two (2) years of work experience in a related human services field is required.
  • Professional experience in housing, community organizing, Independent Living, longterm care and / or disability rights strongly preferred.


  • Must have reliable transportation in order to travel independently throughout Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.
  • Perform in a professional, conscientious, and efficient manner for the purpose of ensuring a better quality of life for persons with disabilities.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Office / Community

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB:  Sitting for extended periods of time.
Occasional lifting of not more than 15 pounds.

HOURS / SHIFTS:  37.5 – 40 hours per week.
M – F  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Overtime rarely required.

CLASSIFICATION:  Full-time, salary, non-exempt, Professional staff.
Range:  $35,000 - $36,000

BENEFITS:  Agency provided group health insurance.
Vision, dental, life, supplemental insurances available.
PTO and paid holiday package.
403(b) retirement with Agency match.
Employee Assistance Program

OTHER:  WNY Independent Living values our employee safety and follows all recommended NYS required Infectious Disease Prevention Protocols.
Western New York Independent Living, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for people with disabilities.
Western New York Independent Living, Inc. is a scent-free agency.


Closing Date:  January 19, 2022

Cover Letter and Resume Required to:

Tina Brown, CHRCO
WNY Independent Living, Inc.
3108 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214