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2021-2022 Program and Community Organizing VISTA
The mission of the Northwest Side CDC is to provide the Northwest Side and Belmont Cragin with the tools and resources to preserve affordable housing and prevent displacement, and provide business development assistance to local small businesses. The VISTA Member will support our rental and business counseling staff with evaluating programs, following up and referring participants with additional resources, and conducting research around affordable housing. The VISTA will venture into community organizing by connecting renters and homeowners with resources about affordable housing options and community development strategies that prevent displacement. The VISTA Member will successfully complete the following projects: • Follow up with clients who have unresolved counseling outcomes • Creating a comprehensive organizational resource guide • Support the development of residents into community leaders The ideal candidate will be Spanish/English bilingual with a strong desire to advance Latinx communities both economically and socially. An ideal candidate will thrive with high levels of autonomy, succeed in fast-paced environments that often require quick thinking, loves finding innovative solutions to challenging situations, and does well in collaborative spaces. This position is a part of the Housing Action AmeriCorps 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.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will reach out to past participants with unresolved counseling outcomes and provide referrals to participate in other Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) programs that aim to lift families out of poverty such as financial coaching and workforce development. The VISTA will support the creation of workshops designed to teach current and potential landlords best practices on running listings and interacting with current tenants. The VISTA will support the NWSCDC’s goal to develop residents into community leaders by connecting them to discuss issues affecting them. The VISTA, as assigned, will thoroughly complete progress reports and timesheets. Create a comprehensive organizational resource guide to provide each and every program participant, regardless of their counseling outcomes. This will ensure that every participant is aware of the additional resources provided by the NWSHC/NWSCDC, and by other nonprofits and service organizations across the city of Chicago
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Housing ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Housing: $200 / month + Ventra Pass ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  Urban Planning ,  Leadership ,  Writing/Editing ,  Social Services ,  General Skills . 
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2021-2022 Program and Community Organizing VISTA

Program Start/End Date
12/06/2021  -   12/05/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  


Accepting Applications
From  09/13/2021  To  12/05/2021 

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5233 W Diversey Ave
Chicago   IL   60639

Listing ID 101865