Accommodation and Support Officer
36 hours per week
Full Time Position Available
Fixed Term Contract (12 months)
Wirral is home to vibrant, energetic and engaged communities, people who take real ownership of their local area and are passionate about making Wirral a better place. The council and its partners have pledged to #BeTheDifference.
We’ve got ambitious targets to meet by 2025. To achieve everything we have promised to our residents, we need people who are driven and ready to deliver the very best for our communities - #BeTheDifference.
We are looking for an Accommodation and Support Officer, to facilitate the temporary re-housing of homeless clients in the most effective manner, providing practical assistance, advice and support to source and maintain the temporary accommodation placements.
Key duties will involve:
Ensure that housing advice and assistance is given to all clients with due regard to housing legislation (under the 1996 Housing Act, Homelessness Act 2002 & Children's Act 1989) within the agreed timescales ensuring compliance to the requirements of the legislation.
Work proactively with relevant Council departments, Floating Support Providers, Private Landlords and Registered Providers to ensure that effective support is identified including assistance with move on options, ensuring timely assessments and support clients into settled accommodation.
Provide advice and assistance to clients with complex needs and sign post to the relevant services and support.
The ideal candidate will be able to negotiate and work assertively, yet in a sensitive manner, with those who are homeless to ensure that they achieve a realistic understanding of their situation and to discuss the options available to them. Experience will include the ability to accurately record statements and findings and make detailed enquiries in connection with homelessness or vulnerable client groups.
The post requires face to face interaction with those households placed under Homeless Legislation.
This post is subject to Enhanced Adult Level DBS check.
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Please note that in accordance with the Council’s policy, employees who are in a formal redeployment situation will be considered in the first instance for all vacancies.
It is Council policy not to re-appoint any employee who has left under the terms of the Council's Early Voluntary Retirement (EVR) scheme or who have left with a voluntary severance (VS) package, unless in exceptional circumstances.
Applications will be accepted until midnight on the closing date.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the specified date should we receive sufficient applications.
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