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Whittier Alliance - VISTA Tenant Organizer (HOME Line)
Formed in 1977, the Whittier Alliance (WA) is a neighborhood-based organization working to engage and support neighbors and small businesses in our majority renter community of nearly 15,000 residents. Located a half-mile south of downtown Minneapolis, our community demographics are diverse; 41% identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (including 17% Black/African American, 16% Latinx) and 59% are white. We are also one of the lower wealth neighborhoods in Minneapolis, with more than 50% of our households living below the poverty line, earning less than $35,000 annually. Many immigrant-owned businesses line our major corridors. WA engages with and promotes the well being of community through free events, project-based organizing, and connection to other resources. The VISTA Tenant Organizer will assist WA with building capacity -- structurally, culturally, and in relationships -- to deliver on emerging neighborhood priorities surrounding inclusive development, cultural diversity, and anti-displacement strategies. The Whittier neighborhood is densely-populated, facing significant development pressure, and working to mobilize community members to proactively drive and implement an inclusive community vision rather than passively be shaped by market forces. The VISTA Tenant Organizer will have the opportunity meet and work alongside a diverse group of people and attend the Neighborhoods Now! intensive organizer training led by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) to further build their network. The VISTA will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the inter-workings of a small nonprofit, volunteer engagement systems, program development, and the planning process behind a large-scale community event. Successful candidates will be motivated, self-starters and have comfort working with Google apps. The VISTA will also receive a monthly housing stipend of $875.00 and access to ongoing professional development opportunities.
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Member Duties : 1. Develop an understanding of the neighborhood, our organization’s role within it, and the current challenges for low-income tenants exacerbated by market forces. 2. Work to formalize volunteer engagement processes utilized by WA to build a base of supporters enabling successful initiatives to build renter power, skills, resources, and connections. 3. Work collaboratively with Whittier Alliance’s Housing Issues Committee members to catalog resources and ideas (landlord/tenant mediation, co-op conversions, tenant rights trainings, others) already identified to progress toward those goals, add ideas gleaned from tenant outreach conversations, and then prioritize. Opportunities to work with adjacent neighborhoods and learn about a broader geographic area in project work is also expected. *Note: This position is part of the HOME Line - Twin Cities Affordable Housing Preservation project cohort. You will participate in designated program activities within this space, as well.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  $875 housing stipend paid to landlord ,  Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Housing ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Housing . 
Skills :
Urban Planning ,  Team Work ,  Non-Profit Management ,  General Skills ,  Recruitment . 
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Whittier Alliance - VISTA Tenant Organizer (HOME Line)

Program Start/End Date
01/19/2021  -   01/18/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

English and Spanish required

Accepting Applications
From  10/05/2020  To  12/24/2020 

Contact Kaley Brown
10 E 25th St
Minneapolis   MN   55404
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 99507