London, Greater London
£15 per hour
Contract, 24 months, Full-time
Job description

Are you passionate about supporting people out of homelessness? Kineara has a new vacancy for an experienced Housing Link Worker to join our small and dedicated team for our Covid Private Renters Project in Southwark.   


About the project   

In mid-2020 at the height of the Covid 19 lockdowns, we mobilised to deliver a project to respond to rising rent arrears and financial instability facing renters. In an innovative partnership with Southwark Council, Southwark Law Centre, and Impact for Urban Health, we’ve been supporting 30 private renters over the last 8 months who have been threatened with eviction by their landlords, or are living in temporary accommodation, to sustain their tenancies and/or find onward housing in the social or private sector that is suitable for their health, needs and aspirations.    

After a successful start, Kineara has received a further two years of funding to reach more renters and be part of Southwark’s ongoing Covid response for local residents. Now that the Government has lifted the ban on evictions, there are possibly hundreds of thousands of renters across the country facing homelessness. We’ve already delivered crucial crisis support to vulnerable renters and are looking for a passionate housing link worker to be part of the next phase of the project.    

You can find out more about the work here.    


About Kineara   

Kineara is a unique community interest company that supports people in poverty across London who face barriers to housing, employment and education. We provide holistic support for families, vulnerable adults, and school pupils, breaking down barriers and delivering intensive one-to-one interventions to those in need of extra help through challenging times. We use holistic, trauma-informed methods, partnership working and a flexible, non-judgemental approaches that puts the needs of those we work with first.    


About the role   

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, and energetic individual to take up a full-time role within our organisation as a Housing Link Worker in our small and dedicated team. The role will be based mostly in Southwark, and you will be working closely with the project’s Housing Support Practitioners in partnership with the Council’s housing teams, local solicitors, community services, social prescribers, and mental health support workers to coordinate tailored support for each client, liaising with landlords and accommodation providers and providing advice for onward housing. The objectives of these programmes are to avoid evictions, sustain tenancies, increase employment opportunities, improve wellbeing, and increase educational outcomes. Your role will be to support those who can no longer stay in their accommodation to find suitable accommodation in the private rented sector.   


Application Instructions

Please send a CV and a cover letter explaining how you meet the criteria for the role. Please also include:

-Why you wish to apply for this role
-What you would like to gain from this role
-Your relevant experience, knowledge and skills, based on the person specification above
-What other qualities you have that you could bring to the role
-Whether you have an up-to-date DBS and CRB check
-When you are available to begin work

Refreshed on: 26 July 2021
Closed date: 09 August 2021
Tags: Advocacy, Support Worker

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