Types of Homeless Jobs and Homelessness Support?
Some social care roles working with the homeless are based in a permanent setting, regularly providing help to people who attend. Others are outreach and involve working in the community. Some roles move around, for example, hosting a personal care clinic at different venues and on scheduled dates.
The types of jobs you might consider:
- Housing support – helping homeless people access safe housing.
- Night support – providing care at overnight hostels or care facilities.
- Project management – working to coordinate homeless support services in your local area.
- Outreach work – engaging with local homeless people, assessing their needs and working to develop a plan or making referrals.
- Substance abuse prevention – this can include working in a shelter, providing a health clinic or working in a permanent residence to treat and support patients in recovery.
Who Could I Work For in a Homeless Job?
Every area is different, and usually, multiple organisations work together to provide help and practical assistance for homeless people.
Employers could include:
- Local councils and housing associations
- Public health services
- Charities and non-profit organisations
Working in the homelessness sector can be very varied, and you will find multiple different types of social care jobs in different settings. The kind of support varies in different areas depending on how much help is needed, and what provisions are in place.