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Eco3.23 Shelter With Dignity Development VISTA - CHUM
As the largest provider of emergency services in Northeastern Minnesota, CHUM was a founding partner of Stepping On Up, a 9-member agency coalition working to address unsheltered homelessness. Like most communities around the country, Duluth has seen a sharp increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness. With shortages in housing overall, and waitlists for subsidized housing stretching into years, this has meant crowded shelters, more people living outside, and homelessness becoming a chronic condition. Stepping On Up hopes to alleviate the housing bottleneck as quickly as possible through improved service coordination and the addition of at least 100 new shelter units and 200 new units of permanent housing over the next 5 years. As an Americorps VISTA member, you will work with Stepping On Up partner agencies, local units of government, and community volunteers to design and develop up to 50 units of shelter that provide more privacy and dignity than traditional congregate shelter, as well as being resource-rich and focused on community and personal skills development. The VISTA member will be part of the Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA cohort serving in northeastern Minnesota. Although each member is serving in a unique position, all cohort members will participate in VISTA specific activities such as regular cohort meetings, collaborative projects, professional development opportunities, and trainings.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : Member Duties: ) Engage in research and data collection on best practices and design for emergency shelter. 2) Hold focus group meetings with people who have experienced homelessness as well as homeless service providers. 3) Work with community volunteers, partner agencies and local units of government to design a shelter model. 4) Develop a budget for construction of the facility; engage with community volunteers, unions and retailers to identify sources of pro bono labor and donated materials. 5) Develop a plan and budget for staffing, and coordinate with local partner organizations to develop a plan for onsite professional service provision, including mental health, substance use recovery, vocational and life skills training, and culturally responsive programming. 6) Work with city and county planning offices and local realtors to identify location(s) for shelter. 7) Work with CHUM grant writers and community partners to identify sources of development and long-term funding.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  $100 monthly housing allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Health ,  Homelessness ,  Housing . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Leadership ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Public Health ,  Social Services . 
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Eco3.23 Shelter With Dignity Development VISTA - CHUM

Program Start/End Date
06/05/2023  -   06/04/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2023  To  06/09/2023 

Contact Patrick Weber
2014 W 3rd St
Duluth   MN   55806

Listing ID 115874


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