Benefits Advocate

Permanent- The Villa, 3114 Villa Avenue, Bronx, New York, United States of America Req #110
Thursday, September 1, 2022

Title:                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



  • Must have a BA or BS
  • Spanish fluency is preferred 


All newly hired Project Renewal staff must provide verification of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19.



Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator Regular
  • Min Hiring Rate $38,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $40,000.00
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • Permanent- The Villa, 3114 Villa Avenue, Bronx, New York, United States of America