How you'll make a difference

As a Housing Options Officer, you will make a difference by providing comprehensive housing advice to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. You will often be supporting the most vulnerable people in society to help them sustain their existing home or find new accommodation.
 
What will you be doing? 
 
  • You will be working with households who are homeless, or threatened with homelessness to offer them advice and assistance to resolve their housing situation. You will often be dealing with complex situations, which could involve a household’s tenure rights, or multiple health and welfare issues. 
  • You may will also be required to complete an assessment to determine what statutory duties the council may owe to the household, develop a personal housing plan and issue decisions around any on-going duties. You will also establish eligibility for the council’s various homelessness prevention schemes. 
  • You will work with households to determine what support they may require and refer to relevant support services. You may also be required to co-ordinate a multi-agency response and attend safeguarding meetings. 
  • You will take lead responsibility to maintain effective contact with households whilst they are working with the council to develop creative solutions to resolve their housing situation.  

     

What we need from you

  • You will hold a professional qualification (HND/HNC in Housing, NVQ Level 4 or Equivalent) and/or considerable experience of housing and homelessness legislation.
  • You’ll have an understanding of housing remedies with considerable experience of delivering housing access and homelessness services with knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • You will have experience of dealing with customers, voluntary bodies and the understanding of the needs of the vulnerable people and minority groups 
  • You have the ability to manage you workload, respond to emergency assessments and be flexible along with team working and making a positive contribution. 
  • Ideally, you will have an awareness of the link between good advice and the use of resources.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

We value our staff as individuals, investing in their careers and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps make the greatest long-term difference in work.   
 
Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.   
 
  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of  
  • We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life  
  • We're investing in our schools to ensure every child and young person in South Gloucestershire achieves their full potential.  
We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.  

We’re making a difference, be part of it!  
 
For more information, please contact Chris Benson, Team Manager on 01454 868996 or email chris.benson@southglos.gov.uk.
 
Interviews due to take place on Monday 17th October 2022.
 
 

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