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BMVP - Opportunities for Families Experiencing Homelessness
 
 
 
Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley’s mission is to help homeless families achieve and sustain independence, through a community response to homelessness. Homelessness is an ongoing issue in the Billings community. An annual Point In Time (PIT) survey show there were over 200 individuals experiencing homelessness in our area on a single night in 2018. In the first month of the 2019 school year, Billings Public Schools reported 178 students were experiencing homelessness. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the need for basic housing has skyrocketed, and demand for services at Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley (FPYV) has increased two-fold. In March of 2020, the congregations that housed FPYV’s homeless families closed their doors to visitors, leaving few options for emergency shelter. The pandemic has brought up a serious concern for homeless families in our area, especially regarding the need for infrastructure that safely houses people while they work to address other challenges related to homelessness. FPYV seeks to prevent homelessness among families with children in the Yellowstone Valley by connecting motivated clients to services and education programs that promote independence and sustainability. By expanding and enhancing housing programs that provide services to families, participants will have the opportunity to access resources that help them gain the skills necessary to become more self-reliant and more financially secure. The intended goal of this project is to develop a sustainable plan that will allow the organization to create and expand transitional housing opportunities and services for families experiencing homelessness. In addition to supportive housing, these families will also have increased access to FPYV’s Day Center, expanded aftercare, and intensive case management services that will help families become more self-sustaining.
 
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Member Duties : Assist with the creation and expansion of housing programs that support families experiencing homelessness in Billings, Montana! The overall goal of this project is to create and expand housing opportunities and services for families experiencing homelessness through Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley. Expanding options for affordable, supportive housing will require community awareness and engagement activities and the development of partnerships that support the organization’s housing initiatives. The VISTA will also create an outreach / marketing plan to reach and serve families in need of housing and support as well as diversify funding streams to ensure housing opportunities and services are sustainable and accessible. This project will alleviate poverty by expanding and enhancing housing options for homeless families that include increased access to resources that will ultimately assist families experiencing homelessness in becoming self-sustaining.
 
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Tribal ,  Housing ,  Health ,  Hunger ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Veterans ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Education . 
 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Social Services ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
BMVP - Opportunities for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Program Start/End Date
08/15/2022  -   08/14/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/01/2022  To  07/15/2023 

Contact Carly Collins
2825 3rd Ave N
Billings   MT   59101
4062478675
collinsc@billingsmt.gov
www.cityofbillings.net/vista

Listing ID 103817


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