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WSCO-Twin Cities Renter Organizing Project
The West Side Community Organization (WSCO) powers the people of the West Side to work together to provide a vibrant and thriving neighborhood for all. We envision a just, united, self-reliant and bold West Side where all of our people are connected, safe, healthy, and successful. We are the only West Side organization that is powered by the people for the people. Approximately, 75% of the West Side is considered an area of concentrated poverty, which means 40% of the residents have incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty threshold. One out of every 5 residents speak English as a 2nd language. This project has grown out of an urgent need to actively pursue the dignity and preservation of affordable housing on the West Side of St. Paul. The project will assist in building the capacity of tenant associations and the WSCO organization. The unique history of this immigrant neighborhood and the diverse community here today are rich in cultural assets. As a planning council for Dist. 3, WSCO is an organization that works closely with residents to navigate city processes. As a VISTA with WSCO, you will be engaging with residents, city staff, municipalities, and public officials in the scope of this work. Bi-lingual candidates in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong are encouraged to apply. WSCO centers organizing through relationship building. Training in organizing methodology will be a component of the program. *Position is part of the HOME Line-Twin Cities Renter Organizing Project 2019-2020 cohort. Applications reviewed on rolling basis through June 07, 2019.
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Member Duties : Build capacity with WSCO through tenant outreach, education, leadership development, and training. Research, gather, and compile findings on informational housing data on the West Side's rental housing stock. Increase tenants’ knowledge of their rights, responsibilities, and options for preserving and or improving their housing. Assist tenants in organizing tenant associations where eligible. Attend citywide housing cohort meetings as a WSCO representative. Develop a tenant & landlord resource hub to live on WSCO website. Host tenant meetings in identified buildings. Co-lead, with tenant leaders, renter rights trainings and tenant leadership trainings.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Housing ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Bus tokens ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Public Health ,  Environment ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Recruitment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Social Services . 
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WSCO-Twin Cities Renter Organizing Project

Program Start/End Date
08/05/2019  -   08/03/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Spanish, Somali, or Hmong

Accepting Applications
From  03/28/2019  To  06/07/2019 

Contact Monica Bravo
209 Page St W
Saint Paul   MN   55107
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 87521