Housing Choices Case Officer – Homelessness Prevention

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Housing Choices Case Officer – Homelessness Prevention
Coalville, Leicestershire
Contract / Temporary

NW Leicestershire TCL 5244413

Posted: 30th January 2024 08:46
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £17.96 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    36.25 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2 months

  • Coalville, Leicestershire,

    LE67 3FJ

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Housing Choices Case Officer – Homelessness Prevention

Reference no:  NW Leicestershire TCL 5244413

Pay Rate: Up to £17.96 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Hours per week: 36.25 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

Role Length: This opening assignment is for 2 months

City: Coalville, Leicestershire

Hybrid working

The purpose of the role is to prevent homelessness by giving comprehensive advice and assistance, covering the full range of housing options offered by the Council and other agencies to enable customers to find solutions to their housing issues.

To provide first line support to those seeking advice, undertaking initial assessments to identify customer needs and ensuring that customers can access the necessary support to address their housing needs. Where necessary undertake homelessness investigations, issue decisions and discharge the Council’s homelessness prevention duty in accordance with relevant legislation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prevent homelessness where possible by acting as a first point of contact for customers approaching the Housing Choices Team. Ensure the housing register is an effective mechanism to meet housing needs.
  • Interview/visit clients who are potentially homeless to assess their housing situation prior to any application being made under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Housing Act 2002).
  • Offer advice and assistance to prevent such clients becoming homeless, by taking a proactive approach to preventing homelessness.
  • When necessary, managing homeless prevention cases to ensure they comply with the requirements of the Homeless Reduction Act.
  • Undertake case management where required for other housing advice cases where ongoing advice or support are necessary.
  • Carry out referrals to other agencies to facilitate support needed, liaising with landlords, courts to resolve housing need.
  • Triage customers to identify urgency of their case and refer into the most appropriate service.
  • Provide first line advice and assistance to customers approaching the housing choices team.
  • Undertake assessments for food and fuel vouchers.

 

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

 


Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

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Full UK driving licence.

 

***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.

 

Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Must have recent experience of homelessness case work.
  3. Previous experience of working in housing advice/options.
  4. Previous experience of supporting or advising vulnerable customers regarding housing and/or housing support issues
  5. Knowledge of Housing Legislation, particularly relating to homelessness prevention.
  6. Able to understand and empathise with customers’ needs.
  7. Good communication skills (both verbal and written) with ability to adapt communication style depending on customer.
  8. Able to deliver excellent customer service including in sometimes.
  9. Experience of delivering an outcome focused service.
  10. Able to demonstrate good negotiation and influencing skills.
  11. Able to use a range of ICT software packages including Microsoft Office Suite and bespoke Housing systems.

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Housing Choices Case Officer – Homelessness Prevention
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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