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Housing Prevention & Support Officer

Location: LEWISHAM, LONDON Salary: 18.02 - 22.42 GBP Per Hour
Sector: Business Support Job Type: Temporary
Shift Type: N/A Applications: N/A
Posted: about 1 month ago Reference: 3050554
My client, a London Borough Council, are recruiting for a Housing Prevention & Support Officer to join their team.

Main Purpose of the job:


• To provide a comprehensive high quality homeless prevention, support and advice service to all households who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
• To provide an assessment service to customers presenting to the Council to ascertain what duties are owed to them by the authority and what alternative housing options are available to them.
• To develop specialist knowledge and skills in relation to one or more client group(s) as required enabling the delivery of a flexible and responsive housing needs service that can effectively meet changing demands and customer pressures.
• To keep up to date, clear, accessible and accurate casework and data records and report on performance as required.

Summary of responsibilities and personal duties:

1. To prevent and resolve homelessness within the borough through the provision of confidential and impartial advice and information to customers approaching the Housing Needs Service about their housing rights and obligations under legislation and Council policy either in Council offices or other locations as required.

2. To actively and positively promote and deliver the Council’s homeless prevention agenda identifying appropriate housing options and utilizing the prevention tools available, such as DHP for customers that will resolve their accommodation problems and reduce the need for the provision of temporary accommodation within agreed timeframes.

3. To provide advice to customers in respect of the Council’s obligations under PtVI and PtVII of the Housing Act 1996, the Homelessness Act 2002 and the Localism Act 2011.

4. To fully investigate the circumstances of customers presenting to the Council as homeless and to determine in accordance with current legislation, case law and the Code of Guidance 2006 what duty the authority owes to them and to issue legally robust S184 decision letters accordingly.

5. To negotiate with landlords, Banks, Building Societies and other lenders, estate agents and solicitors on behalf of customers in rent or mortgage arrears.

Knowledge
(1) Detailed and extensive knowledge of the legislation and duties owed to homeless persons by the Council under Part V1 and Part V11 of the Housing Act 1996, Homelessness Act 2002 & Localism Act 2011
(2) Knowledge of the duties owed to young people under the Childrens Act 1989
(3) Detailed and extensive knowledge of the Code of Guidance issued by the Dept for Communities & Local Government for local authorities 2006
(4) Detailed and up to date knowledge of all relevant case law pertaining to homelessness and its application
(5) Knowledge of Landlord & Tenant Legislation, the Housing Act 1985 and Protection from Eviction Act 1977
(6) Detailed working knowledge of homeless prevention initiatives and their application and effectiveness

Experience
(1) Experience of composing and issuing detailed and legally robust S184 decision letters in line with the duties owed to customers under the homelessness legislation
(2) Experience of producing detailed and accurate reports and letters to the public and other professionals
(3) Experience of working in a demanding front line service in a housing environment
(4) Experience of “front line” interviewing and of dealing effectively with confrontational situations
(5) Experience of working with vulnerable client groups and providing appropriate support as required


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