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Douglass CLT and Permanent Affordability VISTA
VISTA Strong Communities, a cohort overseen by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), is seeking a VISTA candidate to serve at City First Homes ( to help incubate and launch the Douglass Community Land Trust (Douglass CLT). The Douglass CLT is a community-based initiative to preserve and increase affordable housing and prevent displacement, initially focused on DC’s wards 7 and 8. The key results for the Douglass CLT will be to preserve long-term affordability, creating community-held assets, and to build assets for individuals and families, particularly for long-term residents of Anacostia and other neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. The Douglass CLT has a racial equity outcome as well, given that the residents of Wards 7 and 8 are predominantly poor and African-American. Within 10 years, the Douglass CLT aims to acquire land under 750 homes, providing excellent stewardship of the properties and ensuring that the residents not only benefit from stable affordable housing (rental and homeownership), but are part of the decision-making about what happens in their own communities. The Douglass CLT and Permanent Affordability VISTA will, by assisting with the launch of the Douglass Community Land Trust, work to ensure that residents of the District of Columbia are able to strengthen the existing community and resist displacement that follows patterns of divestment and subsequent redevelopment. To learn more about VISTA Strong Communities, visit
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Member Duties : The VISTA memberwill engage in three primary task areas: 1) Governance: review and assess process of board development and training; develop a work plan, along with effective policesand procedures to assist in the transfer from Advisory Committee to governing Board of Directors.2) Membership and Community Engagement: Research and develop plan for incorporating membership into the governance structure of the Douglass CLT; identify and engage underrepresented communities in target locations; develop plan to ultimately incorporate CFH residents into Douglass CLT membership, while preserving community power over local development. 3) Stewardship: Develop a Stewardship Plan for the Douglass CLT that allows for the incorporation of existing Permanently Affordable units, currently in the CFH portfolio; provide specific plans for the different types of tenure in the Douglass CLT and CFH portfolios, including single family homeownership, cooperatives, and rental developments.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  $1,000 housing stipend; metro/bus pass ,  Stipend ,  Housing ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Douglass CLT and Permanent Affordability VISTA

Program Start/End Date
03/18/2019  -   03/17/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA   Washington/Baltimore  

Accepting Applications
From  12/07/2018  To  02/22/2019 

Contact Precious Rideout
727 15th St NW
Washington   DC   20005
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 85225