Social Worker – Street Outreach

Center for Urban Community Services

The Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) is a national leader in the development of effective housing and service initiatives.  As a part of the city funded Manhattan Outreach Consortium (MOC) for the last ten years, CUCS has operated an outreach and housing placement program for people living on the streets of its assigned catchment area, 110th Street to the northern tip of Manhattan; and provided psychiatric and medical services (through its affiliate, Janian Medical Care), staff training, and IT support for all of the MOC programs.  MOC is an innovative street outreach and housing placement program for people who are chronically homeless and living on the streets of Manhattan.  In addition to CUCS, Breaking Ground operates a MOC outreach program in midtown Manhattan, and Goddard Riverside Community Center serves as the MOC’s lead agency and operates two outreach programs covering the remainder of Manhattan. Since the MOC began in September 2007, it has placed 1750 people into permanent housing, much of that do to CUCS’ very strong outreach, psychiatric, medical, training, and IT staff.


The city recently rebid the outreach contracts for each of the boroughs in the city, and selected CUCS as the winning bidder for Manhattan.  The new contract will begin on July 1, 2017. In order to achieve even greater results, the three MOC organizations have agreed to restructure their operations in the following ways:  CUCS will serve as the MOC’s lead agency, each of the agencies will provide the overnight and weekend outreach services for their assigned catchment area, and the catchment area boundaries will be adjusted to better align staff resources with the number of homeless people in the area.  CUCS is accepting applications for the Day Team Social Worker position with the CUCS Street Outreach Program.


Day Team Social Worker


Responsibilities: The Social Worker will be responsible for engaging street homeless people to find unique solutions to their immediate needs. The Social Worker will frequently engage clients in the field, including on the street, in transitional and permanent housing, and at community service providers. The Social Worker will assist clients with finding transitional and permanent housing utilizing a “housing first” approach.  The Social Worker will utilize a harm reduction approach emphasizing meeting clients “where they are at” without judgment or coercion. The Social Worker will assist with responding to 311 calls regarding homeless people in need of assistance. The Social Worker will work with a diverse range of clients including substance users, people with mental illnesses, and people involved with the criminal justice system. The Social Worker will also take on a leadership role on the team by participating and contributing to a program culture that is client-centered, outcome-oriented and dedicated to continuous quality improvement.  The Social Worker will receive weekly clinical supervision that meets the requirements for LCSW hours and have access to all CUCS agency trainings. Four overnight shifts a year are required to count homeless people sleeping on the street.

In this job, you will be able to work toward your LCSW by obtaining the necessary clinical practice hours and receiving supervision from a Licensed Clinical Social Worker


·  NYS Driver’s license

·   MSW required, LMSW preferred.

·  CUCS requires that all full-time social workers to have a Social Work license within 6 months from date of hire.

·  Recent and upcoming graduates encouraged to apply.

·  Must be able to work effectively as part of a team.

·   Relevant experience working with population served by the program preferred.

·   Computer literacy, especially in regards to Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word

·  Applicants who speak Spanish will be prioritized


·   Please be advised that you must upload your cover letter and resume in one document.
·   Applicants will only be considered for positions they apply for.