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2022-2023 Fair Housing VISTA
This Fair Housing VISTA will be hosted by Open Communities located in Evanston, IL. Open Communities 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. Open Communities is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in Chicago's Northshore neighborhoods. Today, Open Communities’ mission is rooted in achieving housing justice through fair housing and housing counseling activities. Our mission is to ensure that housing in Chicago’s northern suburbs is fair and inclusive; we pursue this goal by offering workshops, investigating housing discrimination, providing support to low-income homeowners and home-seekers, advocating for policy change, and more. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will provide critical work through indirect services such as community outreach, workshop development and delivery, grant compliance coordination, and organizing. The member’s work will span several diverse projects. First, the member will join our fair housing team to co-develop, organize, and execute a comprehensive workshop curriculum and library, and will contribute to the development of landlord/tenant guidebooks for Evanston residents. Second, the member will lead special outreach projects in historically marginalized communities to expand our counseling participant base. Third, the member will partner with our development team to improve agency-wide compliance and reporting tools. Fourth, and finally, the member will organize community meetings with various stakeholders to better identify and address community needs in the realm of housing. The most important qualities in a candidate are an understanding of and commitment to housing justice, strong communication skills, and adeptness in using research and data.
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Member Duties : This position can start on October 24, November 6, December 4, and January 17. The VISTA member will provide communities with the educational tools to exercise fair housing rights – this will require researching and communicating fair housing laws, designing workshops, and speaking to public audiences. The member will engage in outreach and organizing projects – these duties will require adept interpersonal and communication skills and an understanding of the history of systemic racism and other forces which have shaped housing inequities. Finally, the member will engage in internal capacity development through work on grant compliance – this will require strong writing and organizational skills. Throughout the VISTA member’s year of service, they will have access to consistent supervision and a collaborative approach to meeting the agency’s needs while utilizing the member’s particular strengths and preferences.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  $300 Monthly Supplemental Benefit ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Ex-Offender Reentry ,  Housing ,  Homelessness . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Recruitment ,  Law ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Education ,  General Skills . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

2022-2023 Fair Housing VISTA

Program Start/End Date
12/05/2022  -   12/04/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS  


Accepting Applications
From  10/03/2022  To  12/02/2022 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
1880 Oak Ave.
Evanston   IL   60201

Listing ID 114298