City of Binghamton, New York

Housing Caseworker

March 27, 2018 - 1:05pm -- jlallen
Date Posted: 
Planning, Housing and Community Development
$36,811.00 - $43,220.00 per year
Distinguishing Features Of The Class: 

This position involves the responsibility for assisting the Housing Programs Supervisor with Housing Rehabilitation Programs and Housing First Time Homebuyer Programs in accordance with and Federal and NY State guidelines and policies; client intake; budget management; mortgage management; grant management and grant writing.


Good knowledge of financial and managerial accounting practices; Ability to utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; Skill in Micro Soft Excel mathematical applications and calculations;

Knowledge of Federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME Community Entitlement; Familiarity with Federal and State housing laws, rules and regulations.

Knowledge of New York State Affordable Housing and Community Renewal Agency grant opportunities;

Knowledge of Real Estate practices and lending institution regulations and programs relating to Homeownership opportunities.

Skill in interviewing and interviewing techniques;

Ability to prepare oral and written reports;

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others; Good judgment, tact, and initiative;

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications: 

(a)        Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Public Administration, Business Administration or a similarly related field and one year of experience in financial work with a public or private agency adhering to acceptable standards; or

(b)    Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college or university with an Associate’s Degree in one of the fields in (a) above and three years’ experience as defined in (a) above; or

(c)        Graduation from High School or possession of a High School equivalency diploma and five years of experience as defined in (a) above.

Typical Work Activities: 

PROGRAM BUDGET MANAGEMENT-Keeps current with HOME, CDBG, and NYS AHC fund balances. Assist Housing Supervisor with the implementation and management of Housing Programs in relationship to funding cycles for each; Draft and maintain Project Agreements for Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO); Set up, maintain, and close out all federally funded housing projects in the Federal Integrated Disbursement and Information system (IDIS); Maintains Excel spreadsheets for all Federal and NYS funded Housing related programs for Federal and State monitoring review purposes during the affordability requirements.

CLIENT INTAKE - Manage client intake for City of Binghamton Housing CDBG and HOME rehabilitation programs and first time homebuyer programs; Meet with applicants to finalize eligibility for subsidized housing programs assistance; Reviews participant obligations with applicant.

MORTGAGE MANAGEMENT - Draft and maintain record of all closing documents pertaining to City Housing Dep’t programs including Conflict of Interest, Project Agreements, all related Mortgages, subordination requests, and annual affidavit requests to participating homeowners; Track and maintain the Housing Department Mortgage Loan Portfolio; report activities to City of Binghamton Comptroller.

REGULATORY-Keeps abreast of current Federal and State Fair Housing laws;  participates in Fair Housing reviews and monitoring; Coordinates all HUD mandated on-site tenant records monitoring and auditing during the affordable housing development project Affordability Periods; Conducts yearly on-site review of tenant rent records for CHDO affordable housing development projects to ensure compliance with HUD mandated affordability periods; Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the program through awareness of fraud and abuse indicators.

GRANT SUPPORT- Assist Grants Administrator and Housing Supervisor in drafting future affordable housing rehabilitation grants available through state and federal agencies; Assists with grant requirements such as quarterly and yearly reporting requirements; disbursement of fund requests to participating agencies; formulate and submit plans to participating NYS grant agencies for MWBE and Section 3 requirements. Coordinates the close out procedures set forth in the grant agreements.