I am sourcing on behalf of my client a Housing First Worker to start ASAP on a 12 month Fixed Term Contract covering Leigh and Wigan, however, there may be a need to cover other parts of Greater Manchester at times.
My client is delighted to have been appointed as the lead accountable body for a newly established consortium to deliver Greater Manchester Housing First (GMHF) which is a innovative partnership consisting of registered providers; health and third sector partners working together to deliver a ground –breaking service. They lead a consortium assisting up to 400 people into their own homes with support over the next three years, backed by £7.6 million of Government funding.
They work with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and a host of other partner organisations to deliver quality, secure safe places to live across the city-region for individuals with multiple and complex needs who are either homeless or in precarious circumstances regarding their accommodation.
As both the consortium lead and a delivery partner this creates a number of newly created and exciting and rewarding career opportunities.
What is Housing First?
Housing First is based around the ethos that housing is a human right and differs from traditional supported housing and homelessness provision that use places a number of conditions on people to prove that they are ready for independent housing. The model was first developed in New York in 1992. It has since been widely adopted in the USA and become central to the national homelessness strategies in Canada, Denmark, Finland and France, demonstrating widespread success. The approach is currently growing in popularity in the UK; in 2016 Housing First England developed and published the principles for Housing First to inform the commissioning, design and delivery of services in this country.
About the role:
Reporting to the Housing First Team Leader, the Housing First Worker is responsible for coordinating and providing a personalised, trauma informed support service to people with complex needs facing multiple exclusion in line with Housing First Principles.
The Housing First Worker will be responsible for coordinating and providing a person centred, strength based support service in line with Housing First principles to create long term sustainable tenancies by increasing independence and maximising connectivity with the local community.
The successful candidate will have an understanding of the complex interdependencies of mental health and substance abuse and offending behaviour and promote the rights, responsibilities and informed choice of the people receiving the service, acting as an advocate to promote independence. You will also have a creative approach to problem solving; getting and keeping people engaged demonstrating empathy. You will have a high level of relationship skills: Empathy; caring; acceptance; mutual affirmation; an encouragement of responsible risk taking; supportive and constructive challenge and positive expectation for the future and experience of data collection, administration and recording procedures with the ability to maintain accurate case notes and organise own case load to support the national evaluation.
You will also be a driver and should be able to work flexibly and be able to work across Greater Manchester to meet service delivery demands when required. If you match the above description, please click APPLY now.