Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Kingston is a stunning and historic city that is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, boasting of amenities greater than comparable cities of its size. Our city is host to incomparable educational facilities Queens University, the Royal Military College and St Lawrence College as well is within an hour of the best of the regions wineries, beaches and recreational activities.

It is an exciting time to be a part of making a difference towards Kingston’s “10-year Plan to End Homelessness”. Join us in making that difference.

Kingston Home Base Housing is an equal opportunity employer.

Mission Statement
Home Base Housing develops and manages a range of safe, affordable housing, emergency shelters and support services to meet the needs of youth, adults and families at risk of homelessness in the Kingston area.


Become a part of a progressive and flexible organization that provides a range of leading-edge services in the field of homelessness, housing and supports.

Our organization is located in historic downtown Kingston which has wonderful restaurants and shopping including outdoor markets in the summer and skating in the winter.
We are seeking experienced individuals who brings enthusiasm, knowledge, and creativity to their work.

The successful candidate will have at their core a profound respect for persons who are experiencing a variety of life challenges and will have the requisite skills and experience to help them make positive changes.

Current Opportunities

The following position(s) is/are available (scroll down for details below):

Emergency Shelter Worker 

Relief Support Worker 

Emergency Shelter Worker 

1 FTE (average 42 hours week)10 month contract

Reports to: Supervisor, In From the Cold

Emergency Shelter Workers provide emergency shelter services consistent with the Operating Standards for the Housing Assistance/Emergency Shelter Program and supports individuals.

The Emergency Shelter Worker is responsible for:
• triaging individuals and families who seek emergency  assistance for their housing crisis through administration of screening and coordinated access protocol;• implementing diversion strategies as appropriate and consistent with the screening and intake results and provides general housing assistance during first contact;• participating in the coordinated access system by implementing diversion and intake protocols;• booking persons into the appropriate shelter when diversion is not successful or appropriate; and initiating a “warm transfer” to the receiving shelter as needed;• providing essential shelter services to meet the immediate need of clients for safe over-night accommodation; nutrition and hygiene, and security of belongings;• providing housing resources such as access to voice mail, housing listings and general housing search techniques;• providing information on other community services to assist the individual or family resolve their homelessness;
Required skills and Knowledge• knowledge of homelessness and affordable housing issues within the community and the strategies to end chronic homelessness which are identified the 10 year Municipal Housing and Homelessness Plan (Dec 2013);• knowledge of the Operating Standards for the program and the program’s expected client outcomes• knowledge of the resources in the community for individuals, youth and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, living in poverty, or living with mental health or addiction issues and skilled at brokering services for client appropriate to the responsibilities of the job;• ability to integrate harm reduction approaches as appropriate in daily interactions with clients;• ability to use assertive engagement techniques as appropriate in interactions with the client; • understanding of psycho-social rehabilitation, recovery model motivational interviewing and journey of change and its influence on client outcomes;• ability to identify and assess risk and implement strategies which minimize risk to self, the client, and others;• knowledge of and adherence to privacy legislation and policies within the organization related to confidentiality of client information;• strong problem solving, conflict resolution and mediation skills within a solution-focused framework;• the ability to negotiate and mediate difficult situations and produce positive results• ability to function as a participating member of the team and understand the work of the team as part of a broader system to end chronic homelessness• ability to use strategies to appropriately divert people from the shelter system into other shelter solutions• excellent written and oral communication skills• implementation of life skills based programming

Qualifications and Requirements

• university degree or community college diploma in a related discipline

• minimum three years work experience in human services

• Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training or related training

• First Aid and CPR

• CPIC – vulnerable sector required prior to employment

Hours of Work

• average of 42 hours per week• 8:30pm-8:30am, rotating schedule, includes statutory holidays

Please send your resume and cover letter no later than Sunday, October 21, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Trevor Farrar

tfarrar@kingstonhomebase.ca .

No phone calls please.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


 Relief Support Worker


The Relief Support Worker is assigned to provide coverage when full-time staff are unable to be at work and where coverage is required to deliver the program. The Relief Support Worker adheres to the policies of Home Base Housing and to the Program where they are assigned.


• Creating a welcoming, supportive, respectful and safe atmosphere
• Providing assistance and interim support to clients in attendance
• Promoting safety and security at all times, taking action as required
• Maintaining daily housekeeping routines with tenant involvement as appropriate
• Attending program meetings and training sessions as requested

Skills and Knowledge

• Demonstrated knowledge of homelessness issues, services available, mental health and /or addiction issues
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
• Strong client focus
• Skills in planning and implementation of activities
• Demonstrated ability to deal with hard to serve clients and negotiate difficult situations
• Computer competency related to job function
Qualifications and Requirements
• university degree or community college diploma in a related discipline
• minimum three years work experience in human services
• possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle, with appropriate insurance
• Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training or related training
• First Aid and CPR
• CPIC – vulnerable sector required prior to employment

Please forward resume and cover letter (in PDF format ONLY) by email to:

Dawn Sadler  dsadler@kingstonhomebase.ca

Please note that ONLY PDF attachments will be forwarded to appropriate managers.  

 No phone calls, please!  Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Thanks! 



Volunteering with HOME BASE HOUSING

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Home Base Housing. We are currently not seeking volunteers at this time.  Please check our website in the future. Thanks!

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