Housing Needs Officer

Recruiter
South and Vale District Councils
Location
Didcot
Salary
£33225/annum
Posted
24 Jul 2017
Closes
22 Aug 2017
Sector
Public Sector
Contract Type
Contract
Hours
Full Time
Housing Needs Officer 

South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are forward thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who is able to communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme. They have modern open plan offices and smart working practices and the technology to support mobile working. 

Position: Housing Needs Officer 
Location: Milton Park, Didcot 
Job Type: Full Time, 12 months fixed term contract 
Hours: 37 hours per week 
Salary: £33,225 per annum 
Benefits: A basic 23 days annual leave per annum, rising to 28 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year. A flexible approach to work that their employees love! pension scheme; childcare voucher scheme; free parking; reduced gym membership, free swims, contributory medical schemes, wellbeing appointments, free eye tests for DSE users, after work sports clubs and more. 

About the role: 

They are now recruiting for a Housing Needs Officer to build upon their success in preventing homelessness and in finding housing solutions. The aim of the Housing Needs team is to ensure people in housing need have access to the housing and support necessary to meet their needs. 

Responsibilities: 

- Prevent homelessness arising wherever possible by working with people at risk of becoming homeless, providing them with advice and support to enable them to either sustain their existing accommodation or secure suitable alternative accommodation 
- Focus upon working with rough sleepers and vulnerable single people at risk of homelessness to provide the best access to housing and support services 
- Liaise with Social Services, Health Authorities, Registered Providers and other statutory and voluntary agencies to prevent homelessness and secure appropriate support for their customers 
- Undertake formal homelessness assessments in accordance with relevant legislation 
- Meet challenging individual and team performance targets for preventing homelessness and providing a high-quality service 
- Undertake home visits 
- Represent the housing needs team at meetings with other service areas at the council and external agencies 
- Maintain accurate case records and assist in the compilation of relevant statistics, reports and information 
- Acquire and maintain an up to date knowledge of homelessness and housing caselaw and legislation as well as any relevant local or national policies or initiatives 
- Undertake project work to help the continual develop the housing needs service, including achieving the Gold Standard for housing advice 
- Any other duties relevant to the position and appropriate to the grading of the post 

About you: 

- A degree or equivalent professional housing qualification 
- Significant experience of working in a housing environment 
- Full and current driving licence and use of car for business purposes 
- Experience of dealing with vulnerable people and people who are distressed 
- A comprehensive knowledge of homelessness legislation and tenancy law 
- Ability to use IT systems including Excel 
- Excellent oral and written communication skills 
- Willingness to attend meetings and work out of office hours when necessary 

If you have the following experience – it`s a bonus 

- Membership of CIH 
- Familiarity with the district and in particular housing issues 
- Knowledge of Abritas, the housing database 
- Local government experience 
- Knowledge of housing legislation and welfare benefits 

You may have experience of the following: Supported Housing Officer, Housing Officer, Supported Housing, Project Worker, Property Management, Property Manager, Neighbourhood Housing Officer etc. 

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