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Affordable Housing VISTA, Whitworth University (Year 2)
Like many cities, Spokane’s housing market has contracted. Costs have increased, available inventory has diminished and low-income residents struggle to afford housing. This project aims to break the cycle of poverty by addressing limited affordable housing in a Spokane neighborhood experiencing gentrification. West Central offers abundant opportunities for urban infill, new development, and sustainable repurposing of existing residential space as affordable housing. With support from an active residents’ organization, the project will include research on affordable housing programs and funding strategies. Additionally, the project will develop messaging to support effective storytelling for affordable housing work in West Central. This project is supervised by the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement at Whitworth University and shares direction with the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium (SLIHC), and the Spokane Alliance/HEART, Homes for Everyone Action Research Team, made up of church leaders and residents working together to expand affordable housing in West Central. This position is in Spokane, in Eastern Washington, about 20 miles west of Idaho and 110 miles south of the Canadian border. Benefits include $513 biweekly living allowance. VISTA members who successfully complete the year receive their choice of either a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,195) or an $1,800 cash stipend. AmeriCorps VISTA is also the only AmeriCorps program where you can earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving you an edge in the federal hiring process. Whitworth University provides a $300 monthly housing stipend, $50 monthly for transportation (either a gas card or bus pass), plus access to an array of campus programs and services, such as a recreation center, library access, campus activities and training opportunities. A car is required for this position.
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Member Duties : This is the second year of a 3-year VISTA project. The VISTA member will conduct research on strategies to increase affordable housing, in collaboration with HEART. The VISTA will initiate projects and partnerships to support the development of new affordable housing in West Central. The member will also develop messaging about affordable housing needs, to facilitate the dissemination of housing needs research and support effective storytelling around affordable housing projects in West Central. The VISTA will represent HEART at local and regional meetings of organizations working to increase affordable housing. The VISTA member will also build capacity within the HEART team to support skills development in community organizing and leadership. Required skills: curiosity about people and communities, passion to work with residents to make positive changes together, and willingness to build new skills and invest in relationships with volunteers.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Computers/Technology ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Urban Planning ,  Writing/Editing ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Public Speaking . 
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Affordable Housing VISTA, Whitworth University (Year 2)

Program Start/End Date
08/16/2021  -   08/15/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  04/06/2021  To  04/30/2021 

Contact Kaela Loriz
920 N Washington St
Spokane   WA   99201
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 103032