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Homelessness officers work with a range of people from adults through to children who are now homeless. People can be homeless for many different issues from a family break-up, drug / alcohol addiction to financial difficulties ensuring that homelessness officer jobs are demanding and need difficult decisions to be made. The 1996 Housing Act and the 2002 Homelessness Act stats that the Local Council have statutory responsibilities to find accommodation for the homeless; so there are always homelessness jobs available throughout the UK. A full job description and salary details are described below.
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Homelessness Officer Job Description: typical responsibilities
- You will ideally have some background in social care or working in housing.
- You will need to have good communication skills and be sensitive to peoples needs
- You will be liaising with social services, local council, housing benefits, housing charities and sometimes the police to provide accommodation.
- You may also liaise with support groups, rehabilitation centres, medical centres and healthcare services putting people in touch with the right support groups and welfare support.
- Act to assist in preventing homelessness and repeat homelessness by setting up initiatives and new policies.
- Assist in getting appropriate accommodation on both a long term and short term basis
- Assess the need of homeless people on an individual basis through an interview process and agree packages of support to prevent homelessness / repeat homelessness.
- Provide detailed case notes to the Homeless Prevention Team Leader to ensure the quality of the service provided is correct and that there is a detailed record of notes for each case.
What qualifications do I need to be a homelessness officer?
There are no actual qualifications required to work as a homelessness officer; however it is advisable to have some background in social care such as a support worker of social care worker, or in housing such as a housing manager or housing officer. An understanding of the 1996 Housing Act and the 2002 Homelessness Act is advisable. For more senior housing officer jobs you will need to have knowledge of the statutory and policy requirements in respect of homelessness prevention within the private rented/Register Social Landlord sector as well as the public sector and a thorough knowledge of the of occupation and defending possession proceedings.
- Basic housing officer salaries start around £10-14 per hour
- Senior homelessness officers, advice officers and prevention officers can earn between £20-30 per hour
- Many homelessness officer jobs also offer a good benefits package especially if they are in the public sector.
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