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Homelessness Prevention Officer, Halifax

  • Job reference: 18305
  • Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Homeless and Housing Options
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Job description: Homelessness Prevention Officer, Halifax
A local authority based in Halifax are recruiting for a Homelessness Prevention Officer to work alongside a small team of Housing Advisers to resolve housing difficulties that are likely to result in homelessness and to avoid an admission to temporary accommodation

The Role
As the focus of the role is to Prevent Homelessness, key responsibilities will include:
-Provide front line services to customers, either face-to-face, over the telephone or home visits, sometimes in potentially confrontational and sensitive situations.
-Investigates, assesses and advises clients on options open to them to retain existing accommodation or secure suitable re-housing with the aim to prevent homelessness.
-Maintain comprehensive awareness of the law and good practice and its application to the work of the Section.
-Undertake assessments of applications for priority re-housing, relating to the prevention of homelessness.
-Work with internal and external stakeholders including attendance at meetings as designated by the Manager.
-Undertakes a range of work related to the private rented sector e.g. validation of notice, illegal evictions, affordability issues, and defending possession proceedings.
-To fully inform customers of the housing options available to them, and assist customers with a range of housing matters.
-Ensure that landlords and agents comply with relevant legislation.
-Understand the need to facilitate tenancy sustainment and be proactive in engaging floating support for customers

The Candidate
To be successful within this position, you will require previous experience working with the homeless; ideally a minimum of one year working in homeless prevention, tenancy relations, housing advice or allocations, or housing management. It is essential that you have a strong working knowledge of the Housing Act (1996), with a specific emphasis on Section 184 and making effective housing decisions based on this.
Furthermore, you will require a DBS, ideally on the update service, to be considered for the role. The ability to drive is not essential, however, if you are a car driver, this will be beneficial to you.

The Contract
This is an initial two-month contract with a high possibility of being extended or made permanent.
The hours are full time, working 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9.00 and 17.00.

Why work with Service Care Solutions?
-A specialist, dedicated Social Housing consultant offering single point of contact
-Provider of Housing staff to over 200 local authorities and 100 Housing Associations.
-DBS disclosures provided via fast track online services free of charge.
-£250 referral bonus if you refer a successful candidate and they complete a probationary period

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please send your CV directly to lee.mcmillan@servicecare.org.uk.
You can also chat to Lee about the role on 01772 208 966 or via LinkedIn… https://www.linkedin.com/in/lee-mcmillan-b3a735b0/