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Willis Dady Emergency Shelter, Inc: Research IAMNCC
Homelessness continues to be a problem in the Cedar Rapids area due to a lack of resources directed to meet the very basic needs for all people. Housing is out of reach for many people due to the gap between housing costs and poverty-level income, especially for minoritized populations and people with criminal histories. The issue of homelessness and housing insecurity has only been exacerbated by the pandemic beginning in March 2020 and the Derecho that impacted Cedar Rapids in August 2020. This project will focus on gathering data to show the direct impacts on those living in housing insecurity and those experiencing homelessness the COVID-19 pandemic and the Derecho have caused. The VISTA will facilitate the ongoing cost study project, work with a team of service providers to assess key cost data, pre and post pandemic/Derecho trends, individual local case studies, and best practices related to better housing solutions who are housing cost burdened and experiencing literal homelessness. VISTA will coordinate the team to present this information so that the general public can better understand the needs of the community and become more engaged in solving the problem of homelessness locally. This project is part of the Community Corps VISTA Program, operated by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. The program strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing capacity building support in higher education and nonprofit organizations. ***Please also send cover letter and resume to supervisor. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis. Preference given to candidates who apply early.***
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Member Duties : Develop metrics and goals to determine capacity building progress as it relates to this project. Create materials that outline a case study for this project. Serve as primary contact between partner agencies to maintain clear and open communication, and provide materials to agencies as needed. Compile and assess the data related to the community response to COVID19 and the Derecho and pursue any missing or incomplete data. Compile and assess the costs associated with the pandemic and derecho with households with lived experience and pursue any missing or incomplete data. Present data to the working group of providers (the "public awareness committee") and evaluate additional dimensions of the disaster response report. Recruit, train, and support other partners working on this project to conduct a collaborative project that utilizes skills from multiple stakeholders. Research best practices in creating a long term plan for disaster response, including budgeting for future program cost.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Housing . 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Leadership ,  Team Work . 
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Willis Dady Emergency Shelter, Inc: Research IAMNCC

Program Start/End Date
07/18/2022  -   07/17/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/15/2022  To  07/18/2022 

Contact Shannon Fay
1247 4th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids   IA   52403

Listing ID 110480