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Social Worker

Lantern Community Services

Job Description: The Social Worker (SW) is responsible for working with tenants towards achieving maximum independence, community integration and comprehensive physical and emotional health who have recently transitioned out of higher levels of community care. The SW integrates clinical counseling and case management services that emphasize recovery and wellness, personal growth, housing stability, and fosters independence. This position will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in our Scattered Site Supported Housing Program.

• Provide integrated counseling and case management services that effectively engage tenants and promote personal growth and wellness, housing stability and accomplishment of Service Plan Goals on an ongoing basis.
• Home-Visit with tenants for initial & ongoing engagement, assessment and promoting independent living skills development.
• Collaborate with tenants to assess strengths and challenges and develop a Service Plan that reflect the tenant’s progress and stated goals.
• Effectively engage and work with a diverse caseload of Severe and Persistently Mentally Ill adults transitioning into independent community living from formerly higher levels of care.
• Assist and provide support in the area of conflict resolution and communication for clients residing in shared apartments with fellow program recipients.
• Work as a collaborative member of each tenants’ community based treatment providers to ensure an effective continuum of care and coordination to ensure continued mental health & housing stability.
• Participate in and facilitate weekly Clinical Case Conferences including intake meetings.
• Create and maintain confidential records, charts and logs for each resident documenting all relevant information from individual and group interventions as well as correspondence with collateral services.
• Participate in staff team meetings and trainings, individual supervision meetings, community meetings with residents and attend offsite trainings and present training material to program team.
• Perform other job-related functions, as assigned


• LMSW required; candidates in the process of preparing for the exam are welcome to apply
• New York State Driver’s License
• Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience providing direct service to one or more of the following populations: Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Comorbid Substance Use (MICA), Community Based Mental Health Setting.
• Strong history of effective engagement with clients and ability to highlight positive outcomes.
• Ability to work in fast paced environment, be self-directive and take initiative in crisis management.
• Dedication to positive outcomes through proactive, creative and respectful work with diverse and vulnerable populations.
• Ability to work flexible hours periodically due to program and/or client needs.
• Must possess strong clinical and excellent interpersonal skills; be able to work effectively as part of a team and have the ability to make sound assessments of tenants’ strengths and needs.

Note: Candidates being considered for the position must sign a release form for LCS to perform a criminal background check.

Notice: Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.

Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred

Please send your cover letter and resume to

About Organization:
Lantern Organization, a not-for-profit housing developer and service provider established in 1997 to strengthen New York City communities, provides permanent supportive housing for more than 1,400 single adults and families living with special needs, including chronic homelessness, HIV/AIDS and mental illness, as well as young adults aging out of the foster care system. Following the Housing First model, Lantern Community Services (LCS), the social service affiliate of Lantern Organization, provides a complement of counseling and supportive services to help residents stabilize their lives, maintain their housing stability and advance towards their individualized goals, including financial independence.

Location: Long Island, Nassau & Suffolk Scattered Site Supported Housing Program.



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