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2022-2023 Housing Counseling Outreach VISTA
Respond Now exists to provide immediate relief for residents of Chicago's south suburbs who are in the most need while maintaining their dignity and affording them respect. The 22 communities Respond Now serves in the south suburbs of Chicago are stricken with the highest levels of poverty and unemployment in all of suburban Chicago. Recent studies show that nearly half of families living in these areas deal with food insecurity on a regular basis - representing more than 760,000 residents. Foreclosure rates in our service area are some of the highest in all of suburban Cook County. Some clients have recently been laid off while others live on fixed incomes, finding it difficult to make ends meet. Still others struggle with disability and inadequate services. Most urgently, 30% of area children are living below the poverty line. The position will focus on growing our Housing Counseling programming through outreach and communication efforts. This is important at a time when many families will be facing foreclosure in the coming years. Respond Now can assist families avoid foreclosure. It is the role of the VISTA to let the community know that this opportunity exists. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to building opportunities for communities in need. The candidate will be able to use social media for outreach and communication. An ability to represent Respond Now in public settings will be necessary, including communicating services that are available to the public. This Housing Counseling Outreach Specialist will be hosted by Respond Now located in Park Forest, IL. Respond Now 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 : Program Overview The Respond Now Housing Counseling program is a program providing Pre-Purchase, Financial Literacy, and Foreclosure Counseling, working in the far south suburbs of Chicago. The goal of the program is to increase the economic stability of households. - Conduct outreach to targeted communities through local community events, agencies, and institutions. - Promote Housing Counseling services through a variety of media, including Facebook and more traditional outlets. - Provide outreach to potential participants who express interest in our services through our ongoing Facebook campaign. - Conduct introductory communication with interested participants to gather initial information. - Disseminate information to the appropriate team members. Maintain ongoing relationships with local collaborating groups.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Living Allowance ,  $300/month Housing Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Housing . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Computers/Technology ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing . 
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2022-2023 Housing Counseling Outreach VISTA

Program Start/End Date
06/06/2022  -   06/05/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS  

Accepting Applications
From  03/15/2022  To  08/20/2022 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
260 Main St
Park Forest   IL   60466

Listing ID 107661