Housing First Project Worker (part-time)

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Salary Grade: Starting at NJC Point 11, £21,748 rising incrementally to Point 16, £24,012 per annum (Pro rata) 

Hours: Part-time, 21 hours.

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Southend-on-Sea

Job ref: HFPW1





Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?


HARP is a growing Southend-on-Sea based charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff and volunteers work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to over 1,000 lives every year.

As a charitable registered provider of short-term social housing operating in Southend-on-Sea, we believe everyone should have a home of their own. At times individuals may require support from HARP and other agencies to maintain a tenancy and avoid a return to homelessness.

HARP has an exciting opportunity for a Housing First Project Worker, working part-time on a permanent basis working 21 hours per week.


Housing First is a defined approach to ending homelessness, which provides individuals with a permanent offer of independent, stable housing and open-ended, wraparound support.

Who you will be helping?

The Housing First Project Worker is responsible for coordinating and providing a personalised, trauma-informed support service to people with complex needs facing multiple exclusion in line with Housing First principles.


The Housing First Project Worker will coordinate and provide a person-centred, strength-based support service in line with Housing First principles creating long-term sustainable tenancies by increasing independence and maximising connectivity with the local community.

To be considered for this role, you would need to be flexible, empathetic, inclusive and resilient. Even better, you would have excellent interpersonal and communication skills too.


Though not essential by any means, you have preferably worked with vulnerable clients in a housing or support setting before.  A Full Driving Licence is desirable.

Closing date: Monday 21st June 2021 (Midday) 

Shortlisting: Monday 28th June 2021

Interview date: Monday 5th July 2021 (the interviews will online via Zoom or in person. This will be subject to the latest government guidance).

HARP will provide you with excellent support and training to carry out your role effectively, to develop your career and contribution to our clients and of course, the opportunity to work with dedicated colleagues that strive to transform lives.

Our starting benefits package includes 25 days annual leave (pro rota for part-time posts), plus Bank Holidays, a contributory pension scheme through The People’s Pension.  HARP will make a contribution to the pension and you will also be required to make a contribution.

Please read the job description and person specification detailing the Technical and Professional ‘Know How’ required and complete the above application form to apply.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, the shift patterns or any other aspect of the role please contact Matt Pettitt, Team Manager on 01702 602913.

The application form can be downloaded above. The completed application should then be posted or emailed to Clive Franceschi (clive.franceschi@harpsouthend.org.uk) at HARP Head Office, Dencora Court – 4th Floor, Tylers Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2BB.

Please quote Ref: HFPW1

If you have any problems with the application process, please contact Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000.


HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer. HARP is an active member of the “Homes for Cathy” group of housing associations, which is committed to providing services to tackle homelessness.