Homelessness Prevention Officers x2
(Ref No: CHOU997)
Temporary 2 year Fixed Term Contract
£23,541 pa - £25,991 pa + Car Allowance up to £1,239 pa
Mid Sussex District Council is an ambitious, forward thinking local authority in the heart of southern England and is a very desirable place to work. The Council offices are located in Haywards Heath with easy access by road or rail. We have clear priorities and our service provision is consistently rated highly by the local community.
We are a great employer to work for, with great staff benefits to offer, including subsided leisure centre membership, generous holiday, pension and free car parking. This is an exciting opportunity for the right people to join our positive and committed Housing Services Team where we seek to meet a wide range of Housing Needs within the district.
We are looking for a Homelessness Prevention Officer to join our busy frontline Housing Needs Team to implement the new Prevention Duty under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. The right candidate will enjoy teamwork and enthusiastically embrace our proactive housing options approach in preventing homelessness, finding innovative and imaginative solutions for people in housing difficulties, enabling them to retain their current home or achieve a planned move to alternative accommodation. This will include working closely with letting agents and private landlords to develop positive working relationships.
You will be able to work on your own initiative and have a positive, enthusiastic, and cheerful attitude towards the public and colleagues. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate calmly even when under pressure. Excellent interviewing, negotiation and organisational skills and the ability to deal with difficult situations will be a prerequisite.
Detailed knowledge of homelessness legislation, welfare benefits and landlord & tenant law would be desirable but is not essential. Keeping clear and concise records will be an essential part of your work. You will also be expected to visit people in their own homes.
It is essential that you have a full driving licence and use of car, for which an allowance will be paid.
Please contact Alice Morel, Senior Housing Needs Officer, on 01444 477311 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to discuss the position(s) further.
Close Date: 9th September 2021
Interview Date: 20th / 21st September 2021