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2018-2019 Development & Community Engagement VISTA
Through legal representation, advocacy, supportive services, and education, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing promotes the availability of, and access to, affordable housing and protects the rights of families in poverty who are confronted with eviction, poor living conditions, and other serious housing issues. With nearly half of Chicagoans unable to afford where they live and eviction filings at 25,000 annually, the demand for LCBH’s legal and supportive services far exceeds the organization’s capacity. The VISTA will build organizational capacity and sustainability through donor development, community outreach, and communication in order to expand high-quality legal services to low-income renter families. The VISTA project will increase the efficiency of LCBH’s development and community engagement teams, allowing LCBH to develop a larger network of supporters. As a result, the VISTA will help LCBH bring crucial information on renters’ rights and the affordable housing crisis to new audiences and communities. In doing so, the VISTA will help more renter families break the cycle of poverty and secure long-term housing stability.The VISTA provides support to all aspects of fundraising and communications activities at LCBH. The ideal candidate enjoys planning special events and is comfortable interacting with and responding to the needs of volunteers. A team player, the VISTA collaborates with LCBH’s legal and supportive services teams to describe the impact of LCBH’s programs. As such, he/she is a creative writer, who crafts compelling messages for a variety of stakeholders across multiple platforms, including grant applications, social media posts, and donor thank-you letters.
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Member Duties : Expand and ensure the sustainability of programs to improve low-income renters’ housing stability through resource development, donor cultivation, and other fundraising efforts. Ensure accurate and timely processing of individual gifts, grants and in-kind donations. Develop and document procedures for using Neon, LCBH’s donor database, to record donations and analyze the effectiveness of LCBH’s various fundraising approaches. Enhance community awareness of affordable housing and renters’ rights issues, as well as the availability of LCBH’s free legal and supportive services, through communication and marketing activities and direct client solicitation. Increase organizational and community capacity to resolve low-income renters’ housing issues by offering technical support and data, and engaging community partners, including tenants, tenant advocates, community-based organizations, and policy makers.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Housing ,  Homelessness . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing . 
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2018-2019 Development & Community Engagement VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/21/2018  -   08/21/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Accepting Applications
From  05/09/2018  To  07/27/2018 

Contact Tiara Hyche
33 N La Salle St
Chicago   IL   60602
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 81051