Homelessness Prevention Officer


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2022-07-11 16:07:201970-01-01 Diamond Blaque
Job Type Temporary / Contract
Location North West London
Area London, England London England North West London
Sector HousingHousing Benefits & Planning
Salary £42,048.00
Start Date July 2022
Advertiser Dionne King
Job Ref DBR04134
Job Views 23
Description
Description
We are recruiting a Homelessness PreventionOfficerto effectively deliver the business’s duty to prevent and relieve homelessness for households who approach the industry in housing needs:
 
Responsibility
To deal with a range of complex cases, which may be subject to judicial review and ombudsman enquiry and provide tenancy support for the families placed in private rented sector (PRS) accommodation to ensure the sustainability of such tenancies:
 
Qualification – Essential
·         3 GCSEs (A-C) or equivalent to include Maths and English
·         Degree qualified or equivalent
·         Advanced user –Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, Social Media, MS Teams,
 
Essential - Skills, Abilities & Experience
·         Comprehensive knowledge of all core legislation such as the Housing Act 1985, Housing
          Act 1996 as amended by Homelessness Act 2002, the Homelessness Reduction Act
          2017, housing needs issues, related legislation and case law 
          Good knowledge of homelessness prevention and the public and private sector options
          available to people with housing needs
·         Good knowledge of the issues affecting homelessness or households threatened with
          homelessness and the range of policy initiatives to address these
·         Good knowledge of housing options, opportunities, training & employment, wellbeing,
          welfare benefits and debt 
·         Good working knowledge of immigration and related social welfare legislation and benefit
          regulations
·         Experience in working within a pressurised and high-profile environment providing a
          quality service
·         Experience of working in an advice setting
·         Ability to manage a varied caseload, including landlord/tenant, mortgage arrears, welfare
          rights and homelessness in the public and private sector
·         Experience of working in a Housing Options Service
·         Experience in training & employment opportunities available to economically inactive
          households and best practices in tackling unemployment.
·         Knowledge of welfare benefits & the financial options available to people seeking to enter
          or return to work.
·         Experience in attending court where necessary and appropriate to support tenants with a
          defence against claims by their landlords.
·         Ability to achieve targets and methodically respond to changing demands and priorities
·         Ability to support effective working relationships and act as an ambassador and advocate
          with external organisations
·         Ability to create individual Personal Housing Plans (PHPs) for everyone in housing need
          to sustain existing accommodation and find new housing, taking into account of their
          circumstances and keeping the plan under review.
·         Experience helping tenants prepare defence forms for section 21 and other relevant
          courts
          proceedings.
·         Ability to help people to understand the rented housing market, keeping up-to-date with
          Local Housing Allowance, benefit changes, and opportunities;
·         Experience in managing and leading staff to achieve high performance and effective
          operational delivery, including developing and improving staff capability
 
Essential Compliance Requirements
·         Three Years of Reference
·          A pre-engagement screening is mandatory for this role
 
Diamond Blaque is an equal opportunities employer.
Diamond Blaque is acting as an employment agency for this vacancy.
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