Benefits Advocate

Project Renewal is a leading non-profit organization with the mission of ending the cycle of homelessness by empowering individuals and families to renew their lives with health, homes, and jobs. Our comprehensive and integrated 24/7 programs are designed to offer the holistic care our clients need. With a staff of 950+ and an annual budget of $82 million, Project Renewal is one of the larger social service nonprofits in New York City.


Title:                                     Entitlements Specialist/Public Benefits Advocate

Program:                             The Villa             


Program Description:

The Villa is a congregate building located in The Bronx that opened in 2015.  The building provides supportive housing to 47 individuals who are active substance users and 9 individuals with serious and persistent mental illness.  The public benefits advocate will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that works collaboratively with clients to overcome barriers to recovery and independence. As part of this effort, the advocate works with participants to access benefits that include public assistance, food stamps, public health insurance, and disability benefits.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential duties of Public Benefits Advocate include but are not limited to the following activities:

  • Extensive research and the ability to synthesize large bodies of information.

  • Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to independently seek out, understand, and apply complex information, including laws and policy documents;

  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing with diverse audiences;

  • Excellent time management skills, accountability to deadlines, and the ability to see both short and long term projects through to completion;

  • Genuine interest in working with formerly homeless individuals and/or individuals who have experienced addiction, trauma, and physical or mental illness;

  • The ability to engage others with warmth, respect, and lack of assumption or judgment;

  • Maturity, sound judgment, and the ability to seek and accept supervision

  • Participation in weekly team meetings



  • All applicants must have a BA or BS

  • Spanish fluency is preferred


To apply: e-mail resume with cover letter indicating position and salary requirements to:

Project Renewal is an equal opportunity employer.  Its long-standing policy has been to embrace the equality of opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, religion or creed, gender (see separately issued Gender Discrimination policy for more detail), physical or mental disability, age (18 and over), military status, arrest record, marital status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristic, sexual orientation, status as a victim or witness of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking, unemployment status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws.