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SERVE Promise Zone Housing and Community Eng. Coordinator
The City of Philadelphia has been selected as one of only three cities for a Promise Zone designation, a new federal initiative led by the White House with support from federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education. The Obama Administration created the Promise Zone initiative to address the challenges of areas of deep and persistent poverty. Today, the neighborhood you grow up in impacts your odds of graduating high school, whether you are likely to face chronic disease, and your lifelong economic opportunities. The goal of this effort is to ensure that everyone has equal access to opportunity, and that the place you are born does not determine your destiny. The target area of the Promise Zone locally is roughly two square miles in West Philadelphia – bounded by the Schuylkill River to the east, Girard Avenue to the north, 48th Street to the west, and Sansom Street to the south. It includes 35,315 residents. Poverty rates in this area are at crisis levels at 51%, housing vacancy rates are extreme in the lowest income areas, serious crime plagues the neighborhood, and low education levels means residents struggle to compete in today’s economy. 14.45% of housing is long term vacant, and 20% of adults in seven of the eight census tracts do not have a high school degree. The work of the Promise Zone is focused in 6 key areas: education, public safety, economic development, housing, health and wellness, and community engagement. With your help, we will break the cycle of poverty and revitalize West Philadelphia!
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Member Duties : The AmeriCorps VISTA will work with a coalition of community stakeholders to advance the goals of the Promise Zone in the areas of housing and community engagement. Specifically, the VISTA will: (1) Manage the Promise Zone subcommittees on housing and community engagement, (2) develop the infrastructure and protocols to disseminate information to anchor institutions, City leadership, businesses, area non-profits, philanthropic organizations, and the residents about resources and services, (3) develop and coordinate community engagement activities to make Promise Zone work visible to the residents of West Philadelphia.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Housing ,  Homelessness . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Public Health ,  Leadership ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work ,  Social Services ,  Community Organization . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

SERVE Promise Zone Housing and Community Eng. Coordinator

Program Start/End Date
06/14/2016  -   06/17/2017

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  


Accepting Applications
From  03/30/2016  To  05/09/2016 

Contact Owen Franklin
1234 Market St
Philadelphia   PA   19107

Listing ID 53838