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FIT VISTA- Resident Services VISTA
For more than 60 years the Portsmouth Housing Authority (PHA) has provided a critical safety net and launching pad for thousands of families, senior citizens and people with disabilities. The City of Portsmouth is a uniquely vibrant and historic community on the central New England coast and is a celebrated destination for businesses, artists, musicians and tourists from all over the world. Despite Portsmouth’s high profile as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States, many of our residents continue to experience chronic poverty and the complex social and economic challenges that are a result of this. People from all walks of life call PHA neighborhoods home. Our 600 apartment units are spread across eleven different properties throughout the city house a diverse mix of people with deep and complex needs who rely on other social services. Over 85% of our residents at PHA are considered “Extremely Low-Income,” which means that they are living at less than 30% of the area median income. These are Portsmouth’s most economically vulnerable citizens. PHA has a combined annual budget of $10.2 million with 29 staff across all of our programs. In partnership with the Portsmouth School System, we also operate an after school program that is serving over 100 children and are creating a growing network of resident services and supports to help our residents become successful and navigate around poverty traps that persist in our communities. PHA is working to ensure that the people we serve benefit from a coordination of care and services, a key part of the role of the Resident Services VISTA. Service coordination has always been a challenge in systems like ours, and strong relationships and trust both internally and externally are essential to help solve these systemic barriers to the security and success of the people we serve.
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Member Duties : The PHA Resident Services VISTA will work with PHA staff and community partners to build the capacity of our organization and connections with other area agencies including local volunteers, service organizations, higher educational institutions, secondary and middle school service programs and other resources that can be used to help lift up our resident population. The PHA operates on typical business hours and the VISTA will have flexibility to work non business hours to take advantage of evening and weekend opportunities that will enhance their ability to meet program goals and also to pursue other professional or educational goals. Our organization values diversity, quality of life, creativity and teamwork in a positive healthy environment.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Housing ,  Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Technology . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Youth Development ,  Team Work ,  Computers/Technology ,  General Skills ,  Writing/Editing ,  Education ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Leadership ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Social Services ,  Public Speaking ,  Community Organization . 
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FIT VISTA- Resident Services VISTA

Program Start/End Date
02/01/2018  -   01/31/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW HAMPSHIRE  

Accepting Applications
From  06/15/2017  To  01/31/2018 

Contact Julie Lynch
245 Middle St
Portsmouth   NH   03801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 75162