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BMVP - Community-Wide Housing Strategy Initiative
 
 
 
HomeFront’s mission is to elevate the quality of life in our community by creating innovative, affordable, and sustainable neighborhoods. According to 2020 Census information, Billings has over 117,000 residents, 10% of whom are living below the poverty level. There are over 6,200 households on Billings waiting lists, and several more issues regarding housing stability exist in our area. Additionally, with the changes to the housing market in our area, housing issues are still a serious concern for people that are unhoused and / or low-income in our community. As of now, there is no comprehensive housing strategy that has been developed for our area. Various groups have proposed changes, and one study suggested that Billings “stakeholders cited a need for more coordinated activity across the metro area’s community of nonprofits, economic development actors, lenders, and developers to address affordable housing needs.” They also noted that “stakeholders believed such a coordinated effort could address a perceived lack of understanding of the particular needs of Billings’ low-income renters.” In creating a housing strategy for the community, we will create opportunities for a variety of housing which will help people find, afford, and maintain quality housing. The creation of a sustainable strategy will also allow the City to address housing needs and crises in a way that is meaningful and meets those needs. As a result of a comprehensive action plan, an increasing number of households will be able to obtain and maintain quality housing and create a stronger community. Housing is a basic need. When housing strategies are implemented, communities can develop best practices to ensure that residents have affordable, safe, and decent housing. Community members are more equipped to achieve success in acquiring a healthy lifestyle and the opportunity to move out of poverty when access to housing increases.
 
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Member Duties : Help increase housing stability and empower the Billings community through the development of a collaborative housing strategy initiative! The overall goal of this project is to help create and spread awareness of a community-wide housing strategy that aims to improve housing affordability, quality, access, and stability for families and individuals. Through the development process, the VISTA will aim to increase partnerships with local agencies, coordinate resources, and communicate and prioritize the need for funding in order to increase housing opportunities. The VISTA(s) will: research and determine effective housing strategy development; analyze local, state, and regional data relative to housing strategies; identify funding streams and increase community awareness of funding sources needed to implement the project; identify and coordinate resources to gain support for livable housing; and create and maintain partnerships in order to build effective goal-oriented coalitions.
 
Program Benefits : Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Housing ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Hunger ,  Veterans ,  Tribal ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Homelessness ,  Health ,  Education . 
 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Communications . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
BMVP - Community-Wide Housing Strategy Initiative

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  07/15/2022 

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

Listing ID 111656


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