Sustainable Housing Manager

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London Borough of Enfield
£58,134 to £75,231
Closing date:
16th August
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Sunday 16th August at Midnight
Interviews TBC
Interviews TBC


Enfield is serious about ending homelessness

We are excited to be launching our bold new approach to tackling homelessness, eliminating rough sleeping and drastically reducing the use of temporary accommodation.  We are working to create a better range of housing solutions for residents – more council owned homes, a wider variety of housing products, a better quality private rented sector that can be more easily accessed and sustained.

The Challenge

With one of the most severe homelessness challenges in London we knew that we need to respond differently: 

  • c3,600 households in temporary accommodation
  • 4,000 households requesting help each year
  • 4,580 tenants in the private rented sector with an income less than their expenditure
  • Limited social housing: only 15% of our stock is owned by social landlords
  • A large and expanding private rented sector which increased by 60% between 2006-2016

Our new Housing Advisory Service will:

  • Step in to prevent people from becoming homeless at the earliest possible stage, rather than waiting until they have a crisis
  • Equip people with the skills to secure and sustain a tenancy in the private rented sector through training and support
  • Reshape the local housing market to improve access to housing in the private rented sector for residents whilst improving quality through a new Ethical Lettings agency
  • Focus on finding sustainable housing solutions for residents.
  • Work to ensure a wider range of housing pathways are in place for residents with specialised needs

In short, from data analytics to crowdfunding job training for our TA tenants, our new community-based outreach service has a suite of new offers which will support households to avoid the misery of homelessness.

We are looking for inspired, committed individuals who want to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals at the sharp end of the housing crisis. For more see our Preventing Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020-2025.

The role

You will lead and develop our mainstream homelessness service, focused on working with those households who have been placed in temporary accommodation to secure a new home.  The key teams within this part of the service include:

  • Domestic Abuse Team provides intensive case management of high-risk abuse cases, focusing on those residents who are most vulnerable.  The team also act as a resource for the rest of the service, providing casework support to the other teams.
  • Generic Casework Team provides ongoing case management for residents who are living in temporary accommodation, working with residents to secure a new home.
  • Specialist Casework Team provides specialist case management to particular groups including those with NRPF, hospital discharge and MAPPA.  The team also act as a resource for the rest of the service, providing casework support to other teams.
  • Rough Sleeping Team provides support for rough sleepers in the borough.  This is a high profile area and the team has expanded rapidly in response to the pandemic.

The existing service is still in its formative stage.  Your role will be to establish new procedures and pathways, focused on moving households out of temporary accommodation to new homes, ensuring close coordination with other parts of the Housing Advisory Service.

Why it's great to work for Enfield Council

  • An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Up to 31 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas.
  • Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
  • Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods.
  • Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
  • Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.

We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Enfield. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do - by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you - and of course we are always happy to talk flexible working, click here to find out more.

Further info

If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Richard Sorensen on  020 8132 0663 for an informal discussion or to arrange a visit to the team.

If you have any difficulties accessing this information, please contact  Gina Mclean on  0208 078 5955 or

How To Apply

This role requires that you upload 2 documents - in the "Document upload" section of the online application form.

1. a supporting statement addressing how you meet the requirements of the job description and person specification.
2. your CV which includes your full work history since leaving full time education.

Your supporting statement should be around 2 pages in A4 format. 

“This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment”.

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