Posting: Tenant Organizing Outreach & Placement Specialist

April 29, 2022

Position Overview

UCHC is seeking a Tenant Organizing Outreach & Placement Specialist to work with Detroit tenants in privately owned, multifamily developments and developments subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The tenant organizer will work with low-income Detroiters to assist with issues around displacement, educate tenants in HUD housing about their rights, and help tenants preserve and improve their homes. This position reports to UCHC’s Director of Tenant Organizing.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identify properties that are at risk for displacement of tenants due to sale or building conditions.
  • Develop a housing plan for each property based on renovation, displacement due to sale or building closure.
  • Develop a relocation plan for tenants, either temporary or permanent
  • Provide case management for tenants to assist with housing needs; refer tenants to appropriate resources as identified by need.
  • Create and maintain files and database as directed by the program director.
  • Establish ongoing working relationships with landlords and property management companies, residential service providers and vendors.
  • Meet with fellow staff, landlords, and service providers to help resolve conflicts that might arise with referred participants.
  • Compile, maintain, update, and distribute comprehensive housing inventory that identifies available housing units and vacancies among residential programs.
  • Maintain an inventory of program resources.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external partners. 
  • Maintain all required documentation in an orderly and timely manner.
  • Participate in all team and staff meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will believe in UCHC’s mission and demonstrate a passion for housing justice.
  • They will also have:
  • Experience related to resource development or housing advocacy.
  • Higher education training that resulted in an associate’s degree or undergraduate degree, or a high school diploma or GED    will be useful for the reporting and communications components of this position.
  • Knowledge of housing, employment, and other human services is required. 
  • Communication skills: Ability to work effectively with both private- and public-sector managers and direct service staff.
  • Create and use spreadsheets, database tracking, and understanding grants management.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to inquiries, etc. 
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete personal variables that reflect client needs and capacity.  

Physical considerations:

  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle will be useful for this position. 
  • The Tenant Organizing Outreach & Placement Specialist may need to enter properties that do not yet comply with ADA accessibility standards. Accommodations can be made to enable the selected candidate to perform the essential functions of this position. 


  •  This is a full-time position. 
  • Salary is commensurate with experience. UCHC offers generous medical benefits and time off 
  • Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule of both in-office and work-from-home conditions
  • Schedule: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. or 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Accommodations can be made to enable the selected candidate to perform the essential functions of this position.  Applications are now being accepted and reviewed. 
  • All candidates should be fully vaccinated or tested once a week for COVID-19.

Employee Benefits

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, and group life
  • Generous PTO program
  • Generous holiday program
  • A focus on work/life balance

About UCHC

The United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) is a nonprofit comprehensive housing assistance organization that has provided a variety of housing-related services to Detroit's lowincome residents since 1973. UCHC has worked with tenants, homesteaders, homeowners, the homeless, community organizations rebuilding neighborhoods and providing affordable housing, religious, civil rights, labor, and housing advocacy organization to improve, preserve and expand affordable housing opportunities for low-income Detroiters. Because of its long history and significant expertise as a comprehensive housing services provider in Michigan, UCHC is frequently asked to provide advice to other organizations in communities across southeast Michigan. All services are provided to income-eligible families and individuals free of charge. United Community Housing Coalition 2727 Second Ave, Suite 313, Detroit, MI 48201 313-963-3310 | The United Community Housing Coalition provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, United Community Housing Coalition complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, and termination. Consistent with state and federal laws, UCHC is committed to maintaining a workplace free from the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

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