The VISTA will serve Heartland Housing’s Resident Services Department in two affordable housing buildings on the north side of Chicago. The VISTA’s role is to identify resident leaders and help develop their leadership capacity in order to build opportunities for participation in their community and the issues that affect them. Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Heartland Housing is a community housing development organization within Heartland Alliance that facilitates the development of people through the preservation and creation of affordable and supportive housing, with a priority in meeting the needs of homeless persons and families, very low-income individuals, and persons with chronic disabilities. The VISTA will: develop resident leadership skills and opportunities in three main areas of activity: volunteer activity, building opportunities for access to and investment in community resources, and engagement in surrounding community. The VISTA will increase the activity and leadership of the residents and build systems for these activities and leadership to be sustained after the term of service. Residents who were previously isolated, unstable in housing, or disengaged will become more active within their buildings and in their neighborhoods. This position is a part of the Housing Action VISTA Network, which is an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program at Housing Action’s website. This position can start in June, July, or August (talk with interviewer).
Member Duties :
1. Develop curriculum or regular agendas for at least one weekly opportunity in each property (classes/meetings/activities). 2. Develop a resident-led volunteer program and recruit resident leaders or external volunteers to teach or lead these classes, events, or activities. 3. Conduct at least 5 one-to-one interviews/conversations with residents in each building weekly in pursuit of the other goals. 4. Establish relationships with community-based organizations and/or develop innovative partnerships where applicable. Organize regular educational programming through partner organizations. 5. Research programs, services, and resources available within the surrounding community and build a guide for future use by residents and case managers. 6. Develop and ensure systems are implemented by end of the term of service that allow sustainability of above described objectives.
Program Benefits :
Ventra or Metra Pass , Health Coverage* , Living Allowance , Training , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Childcare assistance if eligible , Relocation Allowance .
- For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours .
Service Areas :
Housing , Community and Economic Development , Homelessness , Elder Care , Neighborhood Revitalization , Community Outreach .
Computers/Technology , Conflict Resolution , Communications , Recruitment , Public Speaking , Community Organization , Social Services .
2020-2021 Resident Engagement Coordinator VISTA
Program Start/End Date
08/17/2020 - 08/16/2021
Work Schedule Full Time
18 Maximum: None
Program Locations ILLINOIS Chicago
From 03/01/2020 To 08/15/2020
Contact VISTA Leader
208 S La Salle St
Chicago IL 60604
Listing ID 94543