Posted on Jan 24, 2019 by The Refugee & Migrant Centre
As the housing officer, with your insight and knowledge of the housing related issues and regulations, you will work alongside the main casework teams on the delivery and development of our housing and homelessness related provision.
Providing expert advice to clients on their housing rights, responsibilities and entitlements.
Delivering training and support to colleagues on housing related processes, law, legislation and changes linked to the Homelessness Reduction Act.
To create and engage with a portfolio of private sector landlords negotiating on behalf of our clients; securing accommodation, addressing quality concerns and supporting the local authority in raising housing standards.
Engaging with hard to reach individuals and communities to provide housing related options;
Working in collaboration with key partners and providers to address homelessness and tackle rouge landlords.
Developing and delivering housing and welfare related workshops to clients to enable them to sustain and manage in their accommodation as part of a wider community.
To safeguard vulnerable clients and those who are at risk of exploitation due to their status or circumstances, inclusive of those with no recourse to public funds
You will support managers, leading on delivering and evidencing LAASLO (Local authority asylum and refugee liaison Officer), housing, homeless prevention and rough sleeper outcomes based on funder targets.
To offer holistic support and intervention to clients who have received notice from the Home office on their asylum application.
To ensure that clients are supported to access the full extent of resources and provisions that they are entitled to; immigration, welfare, health, housing, employment and schools etc. especially clients who are with no recourse to public funds.
To positively influence clients to access private rented sector housing solutions.
To negotiate and work collaboratively with landlords and housing providers to secure quality and long term housing for our clients.
To mediate between landlords, housing providers, LA and our clients to offer remedial action and assistance to prevent evictions
To work proactively, analysis data to provide adequate intervention; with an ability to coordinate support across all services to meet need.
To negotiate and work collaboratively with the team and agencies to support our vulnerable rough sleeping clients and those at risk of homelessness.
To provide outreach surgeries providing expert housing advice and realistic housing related solution to vulnerable individuals and the local community.
To provide accurate options to clients based on their status and home office decisions; inclusive of assisting with voluntary returns where feasible and safe option.
To work with our core client group to empower and enable them to sustain their housing inclusive of income maximisation and community integration.
To develop and deliver training sessions to colleagues on supporting clients sustain their tenancies, sharing your expert insight on the housing rights and responsibilities that are relevant to our clients and their housing circumstances.