| Housing Advice Worker
Complex Needs | 1 WC1X |£14.28 per hour (incl. of Holiday Pay) | 2-3 months | Job Ref: BD8756 | Posted: 15/11/2023
Central is currently recruiting for a Housing Advice Worker, to work in the Camden, Islington & Hackney areas. The service provides support to ex-offenders with the aim of preventing tenancy breakdown, improving quality of life and promoting independence.
The successful candidate will be required to work 37.5 hours per week, working Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM. Cover is required for approximately 3 months, with a possibility of extension. The pay rate for this role is £12.74 per hour, with £1.54 holiday pay, totalling £14.28 per hour.
Please note; travel is required between one or two offices in the above boroughs 2-3 times per week. There is no travel during the day.
The purpose of the Housing Advice worker role is to provide advice and guidance to offenders aged 18 plus following an assessment of the clients support needs, particularly focusing on their housing, employment and financial needs. In this position, you will be working with clients with complex needs including ex-offenders and mental health issues.
In this position, you will be required to;
- Hold a caseload of key clients and conduct regular key working sessions resulting in agreed Support Plans
- To produce comprehensive and high quality assessments on the clients support needs, particularly their housing, employment and financial needs, and accordingly follow the most suitable pathway
- Work with services users on a brief intervention basis to advice and support them to sustain or obtain accommodation, and to assist them in improving quality of life and moving towards independence
- Proactively liaise, communicate and negotiate with internal and external specialists and external agencies in order to maximise client support services, resources and funding
- Assist service users to develop life skills and partake in meaningful occupation activities to promote increased independence and involvement with the community; this will include delivering workshops to groups of clients on a regular basis
- Work effectively with risk management agencies such as the Police and Probation to ensure clients are supported to access accommodation and opportunities that are safe for them, staff and the public
To apply for this role, you must have;
- Experience of working with complex needs including ex-offenders and mental health
- An understanding of working in supported housing or floating support services
- Experience of key working, planned support, risk assessments, goal setting and advocacy with vulnerable people.
- Experience of managing complex and difficult situations in relation to vulnerable client groups
- Ability to effectively liaise with a range of service providers or agencies in order to establish or improve services for clients
- Essential; understanding and knowledge of the current benefit system including housing benefit and local housing allowance rates and the ability to make a successful homeless application
- Essential; understanding and knowledge of current housing legislation
- Essential; understanding and knowledge of the private rented sector and sourcing accommodation through this pathway
Candidates must confirm their interest as soon as possible, with interviews scheduled shortly after and the appointed candidate expected to start as soon as possible.