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Housing Needs Officer

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Posted: 01/05/2019
Reference: 764441
Job Type: Contract
Location: Wareham, Dorset, England (map)
Salary: £16 - £16
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Housing Needs Officer

Pay rate: £16.00

Location: Wareham

Monday-Friday (0900-1700)

My client are currently recruiting for a role working as housing needs officer based in Wareham. In the role you will need to provide a high standard of housing advice, homelessness prevention, housing support and housing options to customers or their representatives requesting assistance with housing. It is essential a good understanding of all the relevant legislation including the most recent changes under the Homeless Reduction Act 2018. Ideally as we are generic team, it would be great for the individual to also have some experience of allocations from the Housing Register.

Main duties.

  • Work with households to assess, advised clients and investigate homelessness applications made under the terms of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002, Localism Act 2011 and Homelessness Reduction Act 2017).
  • Work in partnership with other public bodies and agencies such as Adult and Children Services, Probation, Community Mental Health Teams, Police, Prison Service, NHS and supported/housing providers to identify help and assistance for households.
  • Complete an assessment of the applicant’s circumstances, in all cases, to determine the duty owed to the client and inform the client in writing of the Council’s decision in accordance with the relevant legislation and procedures in consultation where appropriate with the Senior Housing Needs Officers.  Recommend the appropriate homelessness duty to the Housing Needs Team Leader.
  • Complete a Personal Housing Plan with each client, compiling a tailored set of actions both the client and Housing Needs Officer will complete in order to prevent or relieve the client’s homelessness.
  • Work with the Housing Needs Team Leader to allocate vacant properties through Choice Based Lettings and nominate successful households to landlords.

Experience and Knowledge.

  •      Experience of working with the public
  •      Ability to work with professionals from different disciplines
  •      Able to demonstrate experience in a wide range of IT systems including Word, Excel and Outlook.

If this role matches what you are looking for and you require any further information please call me on  0117 917 4560 and ask for Courtleigh.

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