The closing date for this post is provisionally set at 7 March 2021. West Lothian Council reserve the right to close this post early depending on applicant response levels
We are keen to employ a diverse workforce that reflects the people of Scotland. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and particularly from groups currently under-represented, including people with disabilities, those from minority ethnic communities or from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
The post holder will work as part of the Housing Options Team, delivering a housing options service in order to meet the needs of individuals or families identified in housing needs including those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness by providing a comprehensive range of housing options & assessment services to meet the statutory homeless and support needs of individuals and families.
Housing Options Officers are responsible for assisting those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, working with partners to undertake an intervention with the aim of preventing homelessness & sustaining safe accommodation.
In order to achieve this, the post holder will be expected to deliver a programme of advice & support activities for customers whilst ensuring that individuals/households housing needs are identified and appropriate action is taken.
Where required the post holder is responsible for the assessment of homelessness, this includes the management of homeless presentations in accordance with agreed procedures, ensuring that homeless individuals and families housing needs are identified and met.
The post holder will promote a person centered approach through assessment to build capacity for individuals and families to where possible prevent homelessness and achieve sustainable outcomes. Officers are required to undertake home visits and office interviews throughout West Lothian.
The skills and experience you must have:
This post is considered Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check prior to a formal offer of employment being made by West Lothian Council.
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