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BMVP – Improve Homeless Services through Tech Enhancements
 
 
 
The Billings Continuum of Care's mission is to make homelessness brief, rare, and non-recurring in Yellowstone County. Rising housing instability is a long-term and growing concern in Billings. According to the 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment, twenty-eight percent of respondents reported worrying about paying rent. Housing instability has grown rapidly over the past year, due in part to COVID-19 consequences and housing cost increases. In addition to these housing issues, the population served by the Continuum of Care (CoC) faces many barriers to accessing empowering services including those that address mental health. Twenty percent of respondents to the Community Health Needs Assessment reported “fair” / “poor” mental health and this percentage was much higher among persons experiencing homelessness. This creates an additional barrier to accessing and utilizing additional services. A growing number of unhoused individuals also has financial consequences far beyond the individual or family unit. A recent Community Impact Study by the Billings Police Department estimated the cost to local taxpayers at over ten million dollars for medical and police support of just 93 individuals. To address these issues, the CoC has identified the need for an online presence / platform that the organization can use to connect, collaborate, and coordinate with members and the community at large. These connections will increase the ability to access and coordinate services, increase awareness of services in the community, and promote support for the CoC that could impact future projects and efforts. By connecting people to the physical infrastructure and / or supportive services to live as independently as possible, we help both the individual person and improve quality of life for the community as a whole.
 
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Member Duties : Enhance technological structures to further the reach of the Billings Continuum of Care and improve access to services for persons in need of housing assistance! The overall goal of the project is to establish an online presence and enhance the reach of the Billings Continuum of Care (CoC); technological enhancements will serve persons experiencing homelessness more effectively and increase the number of families and individuals transitioned into safe, healthy, and affordable housing. The VISTA Member will develop website and social media tools to assist with service delivery, coordination, and collaboration among partners; create and implement a marketing plan that includes logo design, branding, and outreach materials that build awareness of services; and develop a plan to diversify a funding stream that sustains marketing and technology improvements that support ongoing homeless services programming under the CoC.
 
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Hunger ,  Housing ,  Health ,  Veterans ,  Homelessness ,  Education ,  Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Tribal . 
 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  General Skills ,  Leadership ,  Computers/Technology ,  Social Services ,  Public Speaking ,  Team Work ,  Communications ,  Community Organization . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
BMVP – Improve Homeless Services through Tech Enhancements

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  04/13/2022  To  07/15/2022 

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

Listing ID 108016


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