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Rough Sleeper Accommodation Officer

  • Job reference: LMCMCG1
  • Location: Medway, Kent
  • Job type: All
  • Area of Expertise: Homeless and Housing Options
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Job description: A local authority in Kent is recruiting for a Rough Sleeper Accommodation Officer to join their service in Medway on an initial temporary contract, to identify and source temporary accommodation for those at risk of homelessness.

The Role
The focus of this Rough Sleeper Accommodation Officer vacancy is to appropriately identify and source temporary accommodation, working with the Rough Sleeping Initiative team, for households that have been found to be rough sleeping.
This will also include the following responsibilities:
*Undertake the sign up of their tenancy, completion of a Housing Benefit claim and offer welfare advice as appropriate.
*To provide effective management of rent accounts and to maximise income, thereby reducing the cost of providing temporary accommodation to a minimum and within budget restraints.
*Ensure that the client has received a needs assessment and been referred to appropriate support services.
*Ensure appropriate management of finances for the service including management of rent accounts, preparation of write offs and completion of journals for departmental transfer of funds.
*Assisting the Outreach Team with verifying people sleeping rough on occasion, which may entail some work outside of standard office hours.

The Candidate
To be considered for this Rough Sleeper Accommodation Officer role, it is essential that you have previous experience working with the homeless or rough sleepers, and have a strong understanding of the barriers they face..
You will also need to be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:
*Experience of Housing Management IT Software, such as Academy or CBL
*Demonstrable knowledge of housing management skills
You will need access to your own vehicle for work purposes, with valid business insurance.
As this Rough Sleeper Accommodation Officer role is working with vulnerable service users, you will also require an enhanced DBS check, ideally on the update service.

The Contract
This Rough Sleeper Accommodation Officer vacancy is on an initial 3 month contract, which has a strong chance of being extended. The role is full time, working 9-5 Monday to Friday, though some flexibility will be required.

Referral Bonus
If this Rough Sleeper Accommodation Officer role is not suitable for yourself, but you know someone who may be interested, please pass on their details, or forward these details to them.
If they are successful in applying, you will receive a £250 referral bonus upon completion of an initial probationary period.

How to Apply
If you are interested in this Rough Sleeper Accommodation Officer role, please send your CV lee . mc millan @ service care . org . uk or call me on 01 772 20 89 66 discuss the vacancy in more detail.
Also, if this Rough Sleeper Accommodation Officer role doesn't interest you, but you are looking for new opportunities, please still get in touch as I cover all housing-related vacancies across the region.