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2021-2022 Housing Counseling Development VISTA
 
 
 
The City of Kankakee’s Economic and Community Development Agency is a department of Kankakee’s city government. Our mission is to improve the lives of Kankakee residents and enhance the economic vitality of the city through housing, economic development, and community development by facilitating local, state, and federal grant programs. Our Housing Counseling Development VISTA will provide support and assistance in expanding our Housing Counseling Program in the city of Kankakee. The goal of the program is to empower low-income residents to reach their housing goals. During service, the VISTA member will help ECDA build capacity through expanding our financial literacy education, streamlining our housing counseling one-on-one program and group workshops, and by increasing awareness of the agency’s programs. Our ideal candidate would be a self-starter who feels passionate about advocating for social justice. They would be familiar with further developing a start-up program, be enthusiastic towards helping folks rise out of poverty with a systems-level focus, and would understand how an individual’s social environment can impact their possibilities and choices. We are seeking someone who has experience working and collaborating with diverse populations, who is capable of synthesizing information and requirements from multiple data sources, and is able to maintain and manage multiple mandates. This Housing Counseling Development VISTA will be hosted by the Economic and Community Development Agency (ECDA) located in the City of Kankakee. The City of Kankakee’s ECDA is a part of the Housing Action AmeriCorps Network, 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 on Housing Action’s website.
 
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Member Duties : The Housing Counseling Development VISTA will contribute to building ECDA’s capacity as a housing counseling agency by: helping the agency become a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, choosing a client management system and training housing counselors on using it properly, learning about housing counseling, and creating an outreach and engagement strategy to inform city resident of available services. During their time with ECDA, the VISTA will also study for and take the HUD Housing Counseling Certification Exam, research and compile a list of local housing-related benefits for residents, develop a curriculum for a six-session group workshop for pre-purchase housing counseling, create an efficient strategy for one-on-one housing counseling sessions in three unique areas (rental, pre-purchase, and foreclosure counseling), and recruit and train volunteer housing counselors.
 
Program Benefits : Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  $250 Monthly Housing Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Housing ,  Community and Economic Development . 
 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Community Organization ,  Social Services ,  Counseling ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Education . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
2021-2022 Housing Counseling Development VISTA

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS  

Languages
Spanish preferred

Accepting Applications
From  10/01/2021  To  12/31/2021 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
200 E Court St
Kankakee   IL   60901
312-854-3372
vista@housingactionil.org
www,housingactionil.org

Listing ID 107426


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