• Job description

    EIP Housing Options Advisor – Full time, Fixed term:

    Post is fixed term to 30 June 2024

    Post is fixed term to 30 June 2023. This position will have a particular focus on supporting economic migrants (eg refugees from Ukraine or other countries).

    Sefton is a diverse and exciting borough where people can enjoy a great work-life balance. It encompasses world renowned nature reserves, accessible business and retail centres, top class leisure facilities and some of the best coastal and countryside environments. It is an ideal location for accessing Manchester, the North West and beyond by road, rail or air. Sefton is at the heart of the Liverpool City Region, playing an active role in ensuring its success. An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Housing Options Service and applicants are invited for this challenging role in a very busy team as an Early Intervention and Prevention Housing Options Advisor.

    Working within the Housing Options Team based in Magdalen House (currently working remotely) your role will require you to interview applicants who could be, or potentially be, homeless. These interviews could take place in a variety of locations including a public access office, Family Wellbeing Centre, partner office or in their home environment. You will be expected to provide accurate and timely advice to assist with rehousing and to prevent and resolve homelessness.

    Earlier intervention and the successful resolution of clients housing issues are vital to prevent and resolve homelessness.

    The role is very much “customer focused, front line housing advice” and as such you must have excellent communication skills and be able to listen to and interpret information relayed to you in order to give accurate advice and assistance.

    The ability to establish links and effectively liaise with housing providers and partner agencies will be essential. Knowledge of Housing Law, Welfare Benefits and Housing Benefits would be an advantage, although commitment to working with sometimes challenging clients and as part of a team is as important.

    You will be well supported by a Team Leader and other team members as well as colleagues from other departments as the Council works with a “One Council” ethos.

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