Temporary Accommodation Officer (CHOU987)
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 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 attractive staff benefits to offer, including subsided leisure centre membership, generous holiday, pension, free car parking and flexible working. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to join our positive and committed Housing Services team where we seek to meet a wide of Housing Needs within the district.
We are looking for a Temporary Accommodation Officer with a proven track record and experience of working in a support or housing role, preferably with a local authority, to join our frontline Housing Options Team.
You will provide a sustainment service to clients throughout their time in temporary accommodation to maintain the accommodation and work with the Housing Options Team to explore their housing options. You will also proactively help clients to secure accommodation in the private rented sector. By doing so, you will contribute to a proactive service for people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, by maximising opportunities for them to rent privately.
The right candidate will increase the supply of suitable temporary accommodation properties available to clients of the Council’s Housing Options Team and provide them with the necessary support they need to whilst in temporary accommodation and enable them to move on to a more permanent home as soon as possible. You will proactively develop links and positive working relationships with providers of temporary accommodation in both the private and social sector. You will visit and inspect temporary accommodation in and out of district working with providers to ensure a good standard of accommodation is made available to our clients.
The right candidate will enjoy team work and enthusiastically embrace our proactive housing options approach in preventing homelessness to find real solutions for people in housing difficulties. You will be a self-starter who is able to work on your own initiative and organise your own workload with a positive and flexible attitude.
You will have a good understanding and knowledge of the Council’s duties to those who are homeless and have detailed up to date knowledge of homelessness legislation relating to suitability of accommodation. You will also have up to date knowledge of welfare benefits that are available to our clients.
It is essential that you have a full driving licence and use of car.
In return for the above, we can offer an extremely attractive Benefits package, including: * Generous Holiday Entitlement * Local Government Pension Scheme * Flexible working * Free onsite car parking * Significant savings to membership at our 3 superb Leisure Centres.
Close date: 24 September 2021
Interview date: 8 October 2021