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Rough Sleeping Co-ordinator

  • Job reference: 21744
  • Location: West London, London
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Homeless and Housing Options
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Job description: Rough Sleeping Co-ordinator - Hammersmith
A London Borough Council are recruiting for a Rough Sleeping Co-ordinator to work in close partnership with a range of statutory and non-statutory agencies and partners to provide a co-ordinated response to prevent and reduce rough sleeping and street-based activity in Hammersmith and Fulham and to contribute to achieving zero rough sleeping in the borough.

The Role
The focus of the role is to work closely with the Street Outreach Team and other agencies e.g. Community Safety, Mental Health services, hostels, NHS, Police, voluntary agencies, residents and businesses to provide a rapid response to reports of rough sleeping and street-based activity in the Borough, in a bid to prevent and eradicate homelessness in the borough.
This will be achieved through the following tasks and responsibilities
*Work closely with the Street Outreach Team and other agencies to ensure bespoke action plans are developed and implemented for rough sleepers and those engaged in street-based activity in the Borough to resolve their situation as quickly as possible;
*Supervise and monitor the performance of the Supported Housing Advisers by ensuring that vacancies in supported housing services across all pathways are appropriately utilised in line with an agreed priority matrix, that void times are kept to a minimum, and that sufficient move-on from services is occurring to create an adequate supply of vacancies to prevent rough sleeping and reduce the need for temporary accommodation;
*Monitor the performance of the Supported Housing Advisers by ensuring that vacancies in floating support services are appropriately utilised to prevent homelessness and maximise independence for residents requiring the service;
*Acquire specialist knowledge about rough sleeping and street-based activity within the Borough to identify gaps in service provision, highlight policy issues; making recommendations to address and resolve those issues by developing policy and best practice, including writing procedures, strategies and reports for senior management and members;
*Regularly benchmark local practice against best practice authorities and centres of excellence, identifying and acting to address areas for improvement, and recommending the adoption of best practice to senior management;
*Plan, coordinate, implement and participate in the Borough's Rough Sleeping Count at various times throughout the year;
*Co-ordinate the Borough's response to cold weather provision, SWEP and other emergency procedures for rough sleepers, ensuring the Council has adequate resources, policies and procedures in place;
*Assist the strategic commissioner in the application of funding opportunities related to rough sleeping and street-based activity to maximise opportunities to develop services locally, and to assist in the development and design of those services;

The Candidate
To be considered for this role, you will require the following skills and experience:
Experience of managing personal and corporate risk when lone working with rough sleepers or other excluded individuals who have a range of complex support needs.
Experience of multi-agency partnership working to deliver effective services to homeless and/or socially excluded people.
Experience of street outreach work with rough sleepers and people engaged in street-based activity.
A detailed knowledge of the needs of vulnerable single people who are rough sleeping or engaged in street-based activity, and the ability to apply this knowledge to applications for housing assistance.
A detailed knowledge of relevant housing law; including landlord and tenant law, Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, Code of Guidance and relevant case law. Have the ability to apply this knowledge to applications for housing assistance.

The Contract
This is an initial 15 week contract, with a chance of being extended. The role is full time, working 36 hours per week between 09:00 and 17:15.

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 . org . uk
You can also call Lee on 01772 208 966 to discuss the role in more detail.