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Temporary Accommodation Officer - --Chelmsford

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Temporary Accommodation Officer need for a project in Chelmsford

£175 - £200 per day
3 to 6 month contract

Our client recently commissioned an external review of its Strategic Housing Service, currently focussed on providing a Housing Advice & Options Service; the Council no longer owns any homes as it undertook a stock transfer a number of years ago.

The review determined that that there was considerable scope for improvement and substantial benefits and efficiency savings could be gained by implementing new working practices and systems. This particular role is being created on an ‘invest to save basis’ and is tasked with reducing the number of households in temporary accommodation.

Main purpose of role:

  • Review the current list of households in temporary accommodation in Chelmsford and agree priorities for contact
  • Assess households currently occupying temporary accommodation to determine their current and future needs with the aim of moving them on into alternative accommodation
  • Discuss alternative accommodation options with households and any financial support that may be available to them
  • Carry out property and rent checks and deal with any outstanding financial responsibilities the household may have incurred prior to move on
  • Provide basic welfare benefits and money advice with referral to specialist advisers and agencies, as appropriate
  • Work with Finance & Compliance Officer to ensure that rents are appropriately charged and collected and accurate payments are made to landlords/accommodation providers
  • Work in partnership with existing teams within the Strategic Housing Service and colleagues across the Council to deliver positive outcomes
  • Update and maintain accurate housing management and financial records and systems
  • Produce bi weekly progress report

Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of legislation, statutory requirements, case law and good practice in relation to housing and homelessness services, in particular
  • Experience of working in housing sector, ideally, directly with homeless households
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, both written and oral
  • IT proficient
  • Tenacious and able to work flexibly with minimal supervision and on own initiative
  • Will be required to drive/use own car to visit households in their place of temporary accommodation

For more information please contact Lauren Fairweather on 0207 259 8716

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Job Details

  • --Chelmsford
  • £175 - £200 pd
  • Full-time
  • Temporary or Contract
  • Immediate start
  • Ongoing
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Lauren Fairweather

Telephone Number 02072598716
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