Peer Specialist I

Denver, CO, USA Req #1486
Friday, November 3, 2023
The mission of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout Colorado. The Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being, and stability of those it serves.

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless seeks an Peer Specialist I, Family Support Services to partner with families participating in Family Support Services [FSS] housing program to facilitate a self-directed change process aimed at improving health and well-being. This position works collaboratively with families and CCH teams towards the general goals of increasing family stability, improving family functioning, increasing the self-sufficiency of the family, promote recovery from substance use, harm reduction, a sense of purpose, and connection with one’s community.  The primary function of the Peer Specialist is to provide peer support and navigation/coordination services to assist clients in accessing the resources and developing the personal skills they need to:

  1. Secure and maintain stable housing;
  2. Establish or remain engaged with healthcare services to improve and/or maintain overall health and well-being;
  3. Establish positive and supportive social connections within the community;
  4. Identify and pursue meaningful activities that provide a sense of purpose and personal satisfaction.

This position is located at 2111 Champa St., Denver, Colorado 80205 and reports to the Associate Director.

NOTE: In order to ensure that our consumers receive the best possible care the candidate chosen to fill this position will be required to complete our internal credentialing and privileging process prior to a start date.  The credentialing and privileging timeline is dependent on the selected candidate's submission of documents necessary for clearance.  Please note that a start date will be scheduled once credentialing and privileging is complete

Coalition Benefits

In addition to the unique challenges and extraordinary rewards of our work, eligible Coalition employees enjoy a rich benefits package, including:

·       Health insurance coverage on the first day of employment: full-time employees contribute only 1% of their earnings for their own health coverage and no more than 4% of their earnings for coverage of eligible dependents. We’re proud to offer same- and opposite-sex domestic partner coverage;
·       Dental, vision, and flexible spending/dependent care/public transit accounts;
·       Free basic life insurance and long-term disability coverage;
·       Dollar-for-dollar retirement plan matching contributions up to 5% of earnings;
·       Extensive paid time-off, including 8 holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and three weeks of vacation for new full-time employees in their first full year.

Essential Job Functions

1.     Utilizes relevant personal experience to establish supportive, trusting relationships with peers to inspire hope and resilience and to foster the belief that recovery is possible.

2.     Mentors peers regarding goal setting, skill-building and problem-solving activities with an emphasis on peer strengths and empowerment.

3.     Provides individual and group peer counseling and support for peers in recovery. Provides guidance and encouragement to promote responsibility and participation in recovery. 

4.     Maintains and ensures confidentiality of all peer information.

5.     Provides patient navigation and care coordination services in close collaboration with FSS case managers, clinicians, other CCH staff, and other community partners.

6.     Guides peers through the healthcare system, facilitates interaction and communication between peers and health care staff and providers, and advocates on behalf of peers’ interests and goals.

7.     Transports/arranges transport and/or escorts peers to scheduled appointments at SSHC and elsewhere, as requested by program participants.

8.     Outreaches peers in the community to assess status and monitor needs.

9.     Works cooperatively with property managers and other residence staff to assure proper and timely services for peers and to maintain positive relationships with management and fellow residents.

10. Links peers with resources and supports within the community to increase social integration and sense of connectedness.

11. Serves as liaison with collaborating agencies to establish and maintain effective working relationships for the benefit of the peers.

12. Facilitates group activities to promote social engagement and community connection.

13. Record all services in a timely and complete fashion in the EHR

14. Maintain up to date records in EHR

15. Record telephone and other communications as needed in the EHR

16. Manage tasks and scanning as needed to have a complete and current chart

17. Maintain accurate information regarding client’s insurance status

18. Utilize the EHR and any future upgrades as directed 

19. Meets regularly with program manager for individual and team supervision.

20. Performs other duties as assigned.

​​Employee must be able to perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of self or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Employee will perform job according to applied laws. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualifications Summary

  1. Completion of an accredited Peer Specialist training or willingness and ability to complete training within first 6 months of employment.
  2. Peer mentoring experience serving people experiencing behavioral health challenges and/or homelessness preferred.
  3. Must have a valid driver’s license.
  4. Bi-lingual Spanish-English preferred.


The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is committed to delivering services, making employment-related decisions, selecting volunteers, and selecting vendors without regard to age over 40, race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, military status, or any other applicable status protected by law.

Other details

  • Job Family Social Services
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $20.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $24.36
Location on Google Maps
  • Denver, CO, USA