Homelessness Prevention Officer - £15.85 per hour + holiday pay

Immediate start – 3 month booking with view to extend
We are looking for an experienced Homelessness Prevention Officer to work as part of a team based in Lambeth to manage a complex and demanding case load in a busy and challenging environment.  
Only applicants with portable Enhanced DBS will be considered.
Duties will include (but not be limited to):
  • Managing a large caseload responding to conflicting demands to prevent the homelessness of priority need customers who are not living in settled accommodation 
  • Interviewing people in housing need including homeless households in order to advise on their housing options and whether or not the council has a statutory duty to assist under homeless legislation
  • Assisting the team to prevent homelessness and case manage priority need non settled households (single and families) who are threatened with homelessness through advice, advocacy, negotiation and mediation
  • Ensuring that all referrals are accurate and timely and that all housing options have been thoroughly explored to ensure best efforts to prevent homelessness
  • Delivering service from drop in and appointments 
  • Attending and visiting people at home, hostel, hospital and other accommodation as directed 
  • Participating in a rota to manage an appointment service working irregular hours where required to accommodate demand and flow of customers through housing needs reception 
  • Conducting pre homelessness assessments take responsibility of the efficient handover of cases to the Assessments Team 
  • Assisting households with a Part VI self-assessment application and to help those customers or who need support to bid for permanent council or registered provider properties
  • Tailoring advice on housing options, training and employment, wellbeing and welfare benefits/money management to customers threatened with homelessness or who are living in private rent accommodation or other settled non-social housing
  • Participating in appraisals, one to ones, objective settings, personal development plans and working group meetings
The successful candidate will have:
  • Local Authority experience
  • A portable Enhanced DBS
  • Knowledge of homelessness legislation, case law and best practice and an excellent understanding of allocations policies 
  • Experience of advising people who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal & written
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines

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