Housing support workers are classified under the job description of human service worker. People in this profession can expect to see a 23 per cent increase in jobs through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average salary is around £16,250 a year as of 2009.
Housing support workers help to enhance the quality of life of people who may not have the mental capacity or ability to do so themselves. They create a network of support for these people.
Education and Training
Most human service workers have postsecondary education or training of some sort; however, only a high school diploma or a GED is required. On-the-job training is provided and is mandatory.
Job applicants for this position must have good communication skills, have the ability to work under pressure and solid analytical skills.
Main duties include travelling to clients' homes and assessing their living situation, encouraging them to care for themselves and their environments. They also educate them on tenant laws, leases and agreements.
Housing support workers spend most of their time travelling to clients' homes and working directly with the client. However, some time is spent in the office and with other care professionals.