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Homeless Prevention and Solution Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

This is an exciting time to join Richmond and Wandsworth Councils as we continue to embed the most significant change in our homelessness duties with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

We have a number of vacancies across our teams in Richmond and Wandsworth and are looking for capable and ambitious individuals to join our service. You will be a team player who is articulate, organised and able to work under pressure delivering first class housing assessment and homelessness solutions services.

You will be responsible for delivering efficient and effective homelessness prevention and housing options services to people experiencing housing problems. You will be assessing homeless applications, looking for creative opportunities to prevent homelessness and making of decisions in accordance with the new provisions of the Homeless Reduction Act 2017.

You will need to have a working knowledge of housing legislation, the local and national policy context, welfare reform and statutory instruments relating to Homelessness and Social Inclusion, as well as some experience of partnership working. However, we appreciate that this may be a development opportunity for you and we will welcome applications from those that do not meet all of the essential criteria but have the ability to develop any gaps in knowledge and experience sufficiently. If you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, can build effective working relationships with key stakeholders quickly and can work on your own initiative, then we want to hear from you.

(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:

· increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic

· the need to support more vigilant public health measures.

We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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