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Job ads – London & Folkestone

Cardinal Hume Centre

Housing Advisor (Covid Response)

We are very pleased to have obtained funding for an additional fixed-term Housing Advisor post to cope with the additional demand caused by the Coronavirus crisis.

Based in our Advice Team, you will use your in-depth knowledge and experience of providing specialist housing advice to provide a structured information, advice and casework service to clients of the centre in housing law, housing options and aspects of welfare benefits that relate to housing and homelessness.

You will manage your own specialist caseload and provide advice, support and training to staff who are not specialists in this area to enable them to assist clients with less complex enquiries.

We are looking for an experienced housing advisor with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who is passionate about enabling people to overcome homelessness and poverty.  You will have gained a minimum of 2 years’ experience of housing advice and casework through paid or other voluntary experience. A legal qualification would be an advantage

The Cardinal Hume Centre enables people to gain the skills they need to overcome poverty and homelessness. We work with homeless young people, badly housed families and others in need.

We are always looking for talented people from all backgrounds, to join us and help improve the lives of homeless young people, insecurely housed families and their children. We particularly want to encourage people from under-represented groups to consider applying to work or volunteer with us.

Housing Advisor Responsibilities:

• Provide second tier advice in housing law for generalist advisors and non-housing specialists in the centre.
• Be responsible for an allocated number of specialist housing advice appointments.
• Provide emergency housing advice to clients in crisis.
• Work together with the other members of the Advice team, providing basic welfare rights advice and referring to our Welfare Rights Specialists when necessary.
• Ensure that the centre is offering an efficient and effective advice service and be responsible for the quality of housing law advice in that service.

Housing Advisor Requirements:

• Proven specialism in housing advice.
• Experience and knowledge of housing law, including homelessness and allocations, security of tenure and possession proceedings, rights following relationship breakdown and disrepair.
• Knowledge of current housing options open to homeless people.
• A good understanding of welfare rights provision, particularly Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.
• Extensive experience of direct work with vulnerable people, including those experiencing or threatened with homelessness.
• An understanding of and empathy with the difficulties faced by homeless people and those living in insecure or unsuitable accommodation.
• Experience of acting as an advocate for vulnerable clients and engaging with bureaucracy on their behalf.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Strong skills in networking and the ability to build effective working relationships with partner agencies.
• Willingness to work flexibly including some early evening and occasional weekend work
• Experience of case management systems and processes.

Desirable:

  • A legal qualification.
  • Detailed knowledge of welfare rights law and experience of welfare rights casework.
  • Experience of advising young people and families.
  • Experience of supervision of volunteers and/or paid staff.
  • Ability to speak a second language.

About The Cardinal Hume Centre:

Cardinal Basil Hume founded the Centre in 1986; we offer a diverse range of services for homeless young people, families in need and the local community on one site. The Centre enables people to gain the skills and support they need to overcome poverty and homelessness. We have a person-focused approach which encourages us to recognise that each human being is different with complex needs and so our response needs to be multi-layered.

Position: Housing Advisor

Location: Westminster, London

Job type: Full Time, 18 month contract

Salary: £33,259 per annum

Benefits: Holidays  24 days, 26 after one year’s service, 28 after two years’ service; Pension Scheme; A Season Ticket Loan is available. Many of our staff work flexibly in different ways, including part-time. We welcome job share or flexible working proposals.

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 1st February

First Interviews: Friday 12th February

Previous applicants need not apply.

Full details and to apply visit: https://www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk/about-us/vacancies/

 


Shepway Citizens Advice

Housing Solicitor
Job Vacancy 

Position: Housing Solicitor

Location: Folkestone

Closing date: 19/2/21

Salary: £32,500 to £35,000 (dependent on experience).

Hours per week: 37/Negotiable

Type of contract: Permanent, subject to LAA funding and contract requirements being met.

Interview date: 26/2/21

How to apply (email address or web page): to request a job pack email: housing@citizensadviceshepway.org.uk

Citizens Advice Shepway requires a highly motivated Housing Solicitor to join our specialist Housing team. You must have housing law experience and preferably experience of working under a LAA contract and a minimum of 3 years PQE. Based in Folkestone, but with some travel across East Kent, the focus of this post is to provide a high quality housing advice, casework and representation service to clients across Folkestone & Hythe and East Kent under our Legal Aid contract. This includes representing clients in court.

Email: Housing@citizensadviceshepway.org.uk for an application pack or telephone 01303 661020.

 

 

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.

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