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Housing Inclusion Officer

  • Job reference: 20115
  • Location: South East London, London
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Homeless and Housing Options
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Job description: Housing Inclusion, Greenwich
A local authority in South East London are recruiting for a Housing Inclusion Officer to provide comprehensive housing options, support and homelessness prevention advice in Greenwich.

The Role
The focus of the role is to provide comprehensive housing options, support and homelessness prevention advice, this will include the following skills and experience:
*To ensure that people applying to the Council for assistance in resolving a housing problem receive advice about the housing options available to them and support to access housing and other services that they need.
*To provide comprehensive housing options, support and homelessness prevention advice including the use of affordability assessments for all applicants and issue personalised housing plans and decisions based on the Housing Act 1996 as amended by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and the Code of Guidance, as well as assisting people to access the Choice Based Lettings Scheme, private rented sector and other housing options.
*To be responsible for managing a caseload in order to maximise preventions, reduce homelessness acceptances and reduce admissions to temporary accommodation, whilst ensuring that casework meets performance standards, and that events and outcomes are properly recorded as required.
*To develop, acquire and retain a sound knowledge of legislation and policy in relation to housing and homelessness (including relevant case law), safeguarding and social care and welfare benefits.
*To undertake enquiries into the circumstances of housing applicants, obtaining and checking documents, contacting family, friends and partner agencies, and gathering information for the purposes of preventing homelessness, verifying applications and fully identifying needs and risks.
*To maintain comprehensive, confidential and accurate case records for clients of the service, identifying any suspected risks or safeguarding concerns arising for children or adults to the Team Leader or other manager.
*To work closely with Children's Services, Adults and Older Peoples Services, Health Services, Criminal Justice Agencies, mediation services, support agencies, substance misuse services, employment and training advice services and others to assess and meet the needs of clients, obtaining and sharing information and making referrals as appropriate.
*To ensure that risks associated with customers are properly assessed and mitigated, and that information is shared appropriately to minimise risk and improve safe outcomes. To complete risk management plans and review when necessary.
*To participate in any team duty rotas during office hours, undertake home visits including on an emergency basis, with the aim of preventing homelessness, and delivering support to vulnerable people to sustain accommodation.

The Candidate
To be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate adequate knowledge, skills and experience in preventing homelessness as well as conducting assessments/enquiries and issuing statutory notifications/decisions in line with homelessness legislation (Housing Act 1996) as amended by the HRA 2017.

The Contract
This is a full time role, working 36 hours per week on an initial 12 week contract.

How to Apply
To apply for this role, please send your CV to Lee McMillan at Service Care Solutions via lee . mc millan @ service care solutions . org . uk - you can also call Lee on 01772 208 966 to discuss the role in more detail.