Housing Advice & Homeless Prevention Officer

Job Details

London Borough of hillingdon are looking for an An experienced Housing Advice/ Prevention/Homelessness Assessment Officer who can hit the ground running.

Candidate will be expected to be part of the Housing Options duty Service, completing assessment, and carrying out respective prevention and relief work. and managing a varied caseload Knowledge of Part VII Housing Act 1996, Homelessness Reduction Act and other relevant legislation and statute is required along with experience of carrying out homelessness enquires, casework and drafting s184 decision letters. Candidates will be required to demonstrate they have practical experience of delivering in a pressurised Housing Options Services and is manage the multiple demands and pressures of the service.

Hillingdon Offers flexible working arrangements. Candidate should expect to be office based 50% of the time once they have completed an office-based induction period which normally takes two to four weeks to complete depending on level of competency.

Be able to provide advice on a range of housing options, including low cost home
ownership which promotes self-service, independence and prevents
▪ To manage case work using expertise, knowledge of legislation and well
established networks and partnerships to move clients on from temporary
accommodation into longer term suitable and sustainable accommodation which
effectively fulfils the Councils statutory duties.
▪ To ensure that suitable housing solutions are delivered to residents consistently.
This includes reducing the use of temporary accommodation and developing
creative solutions to achieve this, including consistent use of the Social Housing
Allocations Policy and the Private Rented Sector (PRS).
▪ To develop and maintain effective relationships with private sector landlords, local
managing and lettings agents and owners of empty properties in order to secure
use of privately rented properties for households in housing need in the Borough.
▪ To engage with the Housing Register and Allocations Team, Adult Social Care and
Children’s Services to deliver a seamless service.
▪ Identify and manage safeguarding concerns and risk, introducing risk aversion
plans and make safeguarding for vulnerable individuals, including CAF referrals for
families with/and children and young people. Taking the lead professional role
where necessary and attend joint meetings, case conferences etc
▪ Manage the risk and respond sensitively to adults, children and young people and
fleeing abuse or violence, keeping them away from further harm, by undertaking
appropriate risk assessments and to provide the best possible solutions.


Payrate: £29.00 umbrella