The Housing Options Officers are responsible for preventing homelessness, relieving homelessness and investigating and assessing the statutory duties to customers who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
Knowledge of the legislation's that accompanies the role including Homeless Reduction Act and applying the Housing Act 1996 Part VII, the Homelessness Act 2002, the Localism Act 2011 and related legislation is preferred.
Knowledge on landlord and tenant law, debt advice, income maximization alongside effective homeless prevention initiatives including the council's Housing Allocations Scheme, experience of processing homeless applications made under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended) to produce clearly detailed and robust written s184 decisions in accordance with current legislation and case law will be an advantage.
To assist the Housing Options Team Leader in promoting joint working and partnerships with housing providers, including Registered Social and Private Sector landlords, to increase the availability and quality of settled accommodation.
To provide a customer focused, pro-active service to help residents secure their housing choices.
Good General Education, including GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths, or equivalent
Housing qualification such as CIH
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
In return we offer you:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- Assisted car purchase scheme
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Tracey Partridge on 01634 333154.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
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We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.