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Kensington Anti-Displacement VISTA
New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) serves the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia which has long suffered the effects of disinvestment following the departure of industry. Families face recurring crises and traumatic experiences that come with persistent poverty, unemployment, displacement, stress, crime, addiction, and poor physical and environmental health. With over 2,000 market rate housing units built or planned in our target service area, the Kensington section of Philadelphia is at a tipping point: this neighborhood will either lose a significant share of its current residents, a majority of whom are people of color, or intense private real estate development will be balanced by an increase in affordable homes and commercial spaces. Experience elsewhere has shown that lower-income neighborhoods can be helped by establishing a land trust, deed restrictions, or other means of ensuring permanent affordability and community control over real estate. These tools help limit the impact of private developers and ensure that lower income residents can still afford homes and commercial spaces even while the value of neighboring real estate is increasing rapidly. We are looking for a VISTA who is passionate about fighting displacement and has an appetite for diving into the details of how land trusts and deed restrictions work. Our VISTA will evaluate models of permanent affordability and community control, and work with community residents to determine the structure that will be most effective here.
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Member Duties : The NKCDC VISTA will learn about the number of parcels that are owned by real estate speculators in our area, and the number of planned market rate housing units. You will explore various models for communities to establish control over real estate and mechanisms for ensuring some properties remain permanently affordable for lower-income individuals and families. You will work with civic organizations and neighborhood residents to share what you have learned and gradually determine a combination of tools that will be most effective for our circumstances and community. Finally, you will establish a plan for implementation. You will also help raise funds for property acquisition and for program expenses, and assist with communications to neighborhood residents, funders, and other stakeholders. Our VISTA must enjoy working with diverse people, be passionate about preventing displacement and community control over real estate, and have a talent for facilitating spirited discussions.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Housing . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Teaching/Tutoring ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications . 
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Kensington Anti-Displacement VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/29/2022  -   08/28/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  

Accepting Applications
From  06/08/2022  To  08/12/2022 

Contact Nicole Westerman
2771 Ruth St
Philadelphia   PA   19134

Listing ID 112892