Housing Options & Homeless Prevention Officer

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Housing Options & Homeless Prevention Officer
Uxbridge, Hillingdon
Interim Position

Hillingdon RQ711207

Posted: 7th November 2022 15:09
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  • Pay Rate:

    £21.93 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 4 months

  • Uxbridge, Hillingdon,

    UB8 1UW

What's involved with this role:

Interim Housing Options & Homeless Prevention Officer

Reference no:  Hillingdon RQ711207

Pay Rate: £21.93 per hour PAYE

Hybrid working - office based 50% of the time once they have completed an office-based induction period which normally takes two weeks to complete depending on level of competency.  

The Homelessness Prevention & Advice Officer will work to prevent homelessness wherever possible developing and keeping under review personalised housing plans as required by the Homelessness Reduction Act. The successful candidate will be expected to be part of the Housing Options duty Service, completing assessment, and carrying out respective prevention and relief work and managing a varied caseload.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage a caseload to prevent homelessness wherever possible, developing and keeping under review personalised Housing Plans as required by the Homelessness Reduction Act to ensure they remain relevant, motivating clients to be proactive in sustaining or seeking accommodation.
  • Work to comply with prevention and relief duties, issuing decision notifications, undertaking full homelessness investigation, determining the duty owed issuing decision letters in compliance with the Council's duties under the Housing Act 1996 as amended, Homelessness Reduction Act, Codes of Guidance and caselaw.
  • Interview households who are threatened with homelessness and explain what duties may be owed to them including the provision of interim accommodation as appropriate so they are clear on the procedures that will be followed with a focus on finding housing solutions.
  • To prevent homelessness where possible and to work as part of a team operating a frontline customer service including assessing applicants who approach as homeless on the day.
  • Undertake a holistic assessment of current housing issues and seek out appropriate solutions where possible at an early stage to prevent homelessness.
  • Fully investigate homelessness applications and complete records of enquiries updating databases.

 

“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

 

Qualifications:

  1. Relevant professional level qualification.

 

Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. ICT Skills: Basic IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
  3. Knowledge of Part VII Housing Act 1996, Homelessness Reduction Act and other relevant legislation and statute is required along with experience of carrying out homelessness enquires, casework and drafting s184 decision letters.
  4. Practical experience of delivering in a pressurised Housing Options Services and is manage the multiple demands and pressures of the service.
  5. Demonstrating good telephone manner / skills as all interviews are conducted by telephone at present.

 

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  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.

 

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.

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Housing Options & Homeless Prevention Officer
Client Category: Local Authority

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