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*FIT VISTA-PHA Resident Service VISTA
For more than 60 years the Portsmouth Housing Authority has provided a critical safety net and launching pad for thousands of Portsmouth New Hampshire families, senior citizens and people with disabilities. People from all walks of life call Portsmouth Housing Authority 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. The 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.
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Member Duties : Study current public transportation system & identify strengths & challenges. Study barriers to transportation access for Portsmouth Housing residents. Based on these findings develop a business plan for a program that better serves our resident’s transportation with a sustainable cost structure. Recruit volunteer drivers, dispatchers, or others that can staff the program as needed. Develop & launch a communications plan, policies, business systems, & measurement tools to manage the program. Provide orientation & training for volunteers to begin the new program. Study the current volunteer program & identify strengths & challenges. Based on findings develop an improvement plan. Recruit volunteers. Develop a system for checking in with volunteers, to make sure their needs are met, & that they are happy with their place in the organization. Develop an evaluation system to make sure that volunteers are providing quality work. Plan volunteer appreciation events.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Homelessness ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Social Services ,  Team Work ,  Recruitment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Leadership ,  Public Speaking ,  General Skills . 
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*FIT VISTA-PHA Resident Service VISTA

Program Start/End Date
07/22/2019  -   07/21/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW HAMPSHIRE  

Accepting Applications
From  07/19/2019  To  07/10/2020 

Contact Caitlin Cilley Turko
245 Middle St
Portsmouth   NH   03801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 90788