Housing Specialist 1


Recruitment #240621-2414AR-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Housing is now seeking a Housing Specialist 1 in their Hartford, CT office.

What We Can Offer You:

Position Details:
  • Full-time, 40 hours/week
  • Monday - Friday
  • Hybrid work schedule
  • Located in Hartford, CT
Position Responsibilities:
The Housing Specialist 1 role is accountable for independently performing a full range of programmatic and financial duties regarding the Department’s federal Continuum of Care Programs. The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development provides DOH over $22 million in Continuum of Care (CoC) funding to provide housing resources the State’s homeless population.  The main role of this position is to oversee and monitor these individual grants for DOH.

Other duties include:
  • Assist in the federal application to HUD
  • Assist in executing contract agreements with HUD
  • Create subcontractor contracts with private non-profit entities
  • Complete all annual reports for HUD
  • Assist in payments to subcontractors and budgeting for DOH
  • Conduct annual program monitoring of all CoC grants
  • Conduct annual fiscal monitoring of all CoC grants
  • Create CoC program manuals and pamphlets
  • Prepare all documentation for HUD CoC monitoring
  • Be DOH point of contact for CoC questions

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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In the Department of Housing this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks related to housing and/or community development programs and/or projects.


  • Reviews, analyzes and processes financial assistance applications, program plans, budgets, term sheets, contracts, revisions to contracts to ensure accuracy and conformity with statutory and agency requirements;
  • Provides funding and other recommendations on financial applications;
  • Reviews and processes requests for disbursements, contract modifications and other program and project modifications requested by the financial assistance recipients and makes recommendations;
  • Provides technical assistance to staff, state agencies and federal government entities relative to housing related programs including but not limited to moderate rental housing, rental homes for elderly, urban revitalization, tax abatement, relocation, housing site development, housing development corporations, downtown revitalization, incentive housing zones, local programs to facilitate affordable housing development, lead abatement, emergency shelters, transitional living, rapid re-housing, accessibility, homelessness reduction or prevention, fair housing, transit-oriented development and housing code enforcement;
  • Assists local agencies and authorities in areas of program planning, design, operations and management;
  • Serves as liaison with agency administrative staff, state agencies and federal government entities, property managers, landlords, private consultants, advocates, service providers and attorneys on housing, housing related and community development matters including agency projects and programs;
  • Performs inspections, recertifications, reviews and evaluations to determine quality of program operation, conformance with program plan and other contractual requirements and effectiveness and makes recommendations;
  • Prepares comprehensive statistical, financial, budget, progress and other reports;
  • Maintains and monitors program budgets and completes related paperwork;
  • Monitors status of payment requests;
  • May serve on committees, task forces and work groups;
  • May represent the agency in meetings with financial assistance recipients and public fora;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • local, state, federal governmental and private resources available in the area of housing and community development;
    • the challenges and programs related to the expansion of affordable housing, community revitalization and homelessness reduction and prevention;
    • social and economic factors related to expansion of affordable housing, community revitalization and homelessness reduction and prevention;
  • Skills
    • considerable oral and written communication skills;
    • interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to
    • review, analyze or prepare financial assistance applications from local, state, or federal governmental entities;
    • plan, analyze and evaluate housing programs and projects;
    • utilize computer software.


Six (6) years of professional experience in the development and coordination of housing programs or projects or financial or technical advisory assistance to local, state, or federal government entities relative to housing or related housing matters.


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's Degree.
  • A Master's Degree in housing and community development, housing studies, housing and human environments, urban planning, business administration, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • For state employees, one (1) year of experience as an Assistant Economic And Community Development Agent, with a concentration in housing and community development, may be substituted for the General Experience.
  • Successful completion of a Connecticut Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience with the Homeless Service System in Connecticut
  • Experience in budgeting for human services programs
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating programs for the homeless


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.