Temporary Housing Options Officer – Homelessness

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Temporary Housing Options Officer - Homelessness
Leamington Spa
Contract / Temporary

Warwick 5211948

Posted: 27th July 2022 14:31
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £13.21 per hour PAYE, depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Leamington Spa,

    CV32 5HZ

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Housing Options Officer - Homelessness

Job Ref: Warwick 5211948

The post holder will be expected to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and may, from time to time, be expected to work unsociable hours, including evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

To provide an excellent, customer focussed housing advice and assistance service and use creative solutions to prevent homelessness occurring. The post holder will provide a proactive homeless prevention service through the provision of comprehensive housing and welfare advice. They will undertake diagnostic in depth Housing Options interviews to identify the nature and cause of a wide range of housing and housing related problems and provide advice, intensive casework, referrals and joint working and other interventions to prevent and relieve homelessness in accordance with the law.

Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake a wide range of homeless prevention activities including liaising with private sector landlords
  • Liaison with private sector landlords and liaison and mediation with householders excluding family members and others
  • Undertake relevant home visits, including working with some of the most difficult and challenging customers during times of anxiety and stress.
  • Provision of emergency advice in relation to landlord and tenant law, family law, tenants’ rights, and unlawful eviction
  • Completion of emergency Court applications to suspend possession orders and bailiff’s warrants, including preparation of legal pleadings on behalf of clients.
  • Referrals to tenancy deposit scheme, support providers including the Direct Access Hostel and women’s aid refuges in order to prevent or relieve homelessness.
  • Prepare and review Personal Housing Plans and Housing Needs Assessments.
  • Administer and discharge the Council’s obligations to people threatened with or experiencing homelessness.
  • Assist in the operation of the council’s allocation system. To manage and update the housing register and maintain up to date casework records.

 

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

 

Experience & Knowledge:

  • A relevant housing qualification (desirable).
  • 3-5 years’ experience of delivering customer focused, quality services.
  • Substantial experience of interviewing and providing housing advice to vulnerable clients.
  • Experience of managing a client case load.
  • Experience of working with vulnerable client groups.
  • In depth and up to date knowledge of the law in relation to homelessness and allocations, including relevant case law.
  • Awareness of Housing and Welfare Benefits Regulations
  • Knowledge and understanding of the broad Housing Agenda and its impact on society.

 

Skills:

  • Ability to make and communicate difficult decisions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Ability to calmly deal with people in challenging situations at all levels and to empathise and display sensitivity and courtesy at all times.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills to effectively manage a varied workload.

 

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Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  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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Temporary Housing Options Officer - Homelessness
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Client Category: Local Authority

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