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2017 HomeStart
The VISTA projects aligns with HomeStart’s mission to connect families with beneficial financial resources, and increases our ability to fight poverty in a number of important ways. Expanding our services and becoming a housing resource in our 10 county region is a key strategic goal for HomeStart. Eight of the ten counties we serve are primarily rural, but most of our emphasis has been on activities and projects in the two non-rural counties. Homestart would greatly benefit from a VISTA focused on how to creatively reach out to these audiences. This project aims to focus our outreach efforts with a particular emphasis within the underserved areas, and assist HomeStart in identifying other housing needs and gaps within the rural counties.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : Research counties and help assess the opportunities and possible housing needs gaps. Collaborate with staff in establishing ongoing communication and outreach mechanisms, including but not limited to newsletters, e-blasts, and PSA’s. Develop and implement a simple survey/questionnaire tool for identification of housing needs. Conduct 25 interviews and consolidate information and key findings into report. Establish an outreach effort tracking system, and keep HomeStart staff informed about those efforts and events. Collaborate with HomeStart leadership in making contacts potential lending partners, with the goal of arranging 15 informational meetings and/or educational events. Write a Housing Needs Analysis to conclude the project, aggregating information gleaned from talking with new partners, conducting surveys about housing needs, accessing information from statewide data collection agencies, and working with management to summarize the client input received at regional events.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living 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 :
Housing ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Community Organization ,  Social Services ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

2017 HomeStart

Program Start/End Date
07/17/2017  -   07/16/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Accepting Applications
From  04/14/2017  To  09/30/2017 

Contact Brandon Grigsby
803 N Church St
Rockford   IL   61103
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 72613