Housing Project Worker

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Project Worker

Salary: Point 11, £21,748 rising incrementally to Point 16, £24,011 per annum

Location: Southend-on-Sea

Contract type: Permanent.

Hours: Full Time, 37 hours per week on a rota basis covering days, evenings and weekends

Job ref: VHPW1 - please quote on your application




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

HARP is a Southend-on-Sea charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff works 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 1200 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. We currently manage 226 bed spaces in our emergency and short-term accommodation, employ over 90 full and part-time staff, and are supported by numerous volunteers.


Are you a motivated and passionate individual looking to make a real difference in your local community? Do you have experience of working with people with complex needs, homelessness and housing and want to put this to good use helping others less fortunate?  If so, we would love you to join our team as a Housing Project Worker.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to enhance the work in our emergency housing accommodation.


Main Purpose of the Role:


  • Ensure residents of the emergency housing receive a welcoming, supportive and positive experience that gives them the time and space to adjust to a home environment and settled way of life.

  • Manage a caseload, key working residents and undertaking risk assessments and support plans.

  • Work closely with the Co-ordinator/Team Manager on a daily basis to provide an integrated service to tackle rough sleeping in Southend.

  • Enable residents to retain their accommodation, prevent evictions and assist residents that are ready to move on.

  • Deliver a package of support individually tailored for each resident.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience of working face to face with vulnerable people.

  • Clear communication skills face to face and on the phone or email. 

  • Ability to cope with challenging situations, and deal with them calmly, efficiently and effectively

  • Good customer service skills.


Closing date: Thursday 13th May 2021 (noon)

Shortlisting: Friday 14th May 2021

Interview date: Thursday 20th May 2021


HARP will provide you with support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career. Our benefits package includes 25 days’ annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, a contributory pension scheme through The People’s Pension and a Death in Service Benefit. HARP will make a contribution to the pension and you will be required to make a contribution.

To apply please download the full job description and complete the application form 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 (mark envelope as "Strictly private and confidential").

Please quote Ref: VHPW1

For further information and an informal chat about the positions please contact Lauren Collin, Team Manager on 01702 430696.

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

Charity No: 1098126               Registered Provider of Social Housing no.4742

HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer