Housing Options Officer – Housing Support

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Housing Options Officer – Housing Support
BLACKPOOL, Lancashire
Contract / Temporary

Blackpool 0006 A2E0 / 1

Posted: 24th October 2022 09:50
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  • Pay Rate:

    £13.44 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • BLACKPOOL, Lancashire,

    FY1 5DA

What's involved with this role:

Full Job Title: Temporary Housing Options Officer – Housing Support

Job Reference: Blackpool 0006 A2E0 / 1

Pay Rate: £13.44 per hour PAYE

Basic DBS disclosure required

This role is office based.

To assist the Housing Options Team Leaders to deliver the Council’s statutory duties relating to Parts V1(Allocations) and V11 (Homelessness) of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002 and the Localism Act 2011) with a particular emphasis on the prevention of homelessness wherever possible.

Specifics include:

  • Provide a comprehensive front line advice and assessment service ensuring that the Council’s statutory duties and responsibilities are delivered as set down in the Housing Act 1996 Part V11 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002 and the Localism Act 2011) with a focus on preventing homelessness wherever possible
  • Administer the Council’s Housing Register within legislation and policy to determine priority, banding criteria and applicant choice
  • Undertake in depth housing register assessments ensuring that any underlying issues are identified and addressed and appropriate referrals made to other agencies
  • Undertake home visits as appropriate
  • Ensure that vulnerable housing register applicants are identified and provided with appropriate assistance
  • Shortlist housing register applicants for nomination to properties held by Registered Social Landlords in line with policies, procedures, agreements and targets
  • Determine eligibility for the private rented sector accommodation scheme, BC Lettings
  • Provide in depth housing options/ homelessness assessments for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness within statutory provisions, determine all non priority cases, undertake detailed casework for households who have a priority need under the Housing Act 1996 (Part V11) as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002 and make recommendations to the Housing Options Team Leader who will be responsible for the formal determination of all priority need homeless applications.
  • Provide general welfare benefit advice
  • Provide advice on private tenancy related matters, dealing with cases involving possible eviction, security of tenure or harassment

Provide day to day support and guidance to other team members/ colleagues within the service/ division to enable them to effectively assist homeless and potentially homeless households

 

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

  1. Qualifications:
    1. Good general level of education
    2. Please give details of all qualifications held, especially those relating to the role
  2. Knowledge & Skills:
    1. Knowledge of the social and financial costs of homelessness to individuals, the local authority and other relevant bodies.
    2. Knowledge of Landlord and Tenant, Immigration, Welfare Benefits and relevant Social Services legislation.
    3. Effective communication skills both verbal and written.
    4. Ability to negotiate and work assertively, yet in a sensitive manner, with those who are potentially homeless to ensure that they achieve a realistic understanding of their situation and to discuss the options available to them.
    5. Ability to investigate issues in a sensitive manner
    6. Ability to accurately record statements and findings
  3. Experience:
    1. Previous experience in a similar Housing role
    2. Please provide details of all relevant experience
  4. IT skills including Microsoft packages

 

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF.

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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. *** *** Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. 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 Officer – Housing Support
Client Category: Local Authority

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Housing Options Officer – Housing Support
Client Category: Local Authority

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