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2020-2021 Fair Housing Capacity Building VISTA
HOPE Fair Housing Center works to create greater housing opportunities for all and ensure that everyone has the chance to live in the home of their choice free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, or any other characteristics protected under state or local laws. HOPE accomplishes this through education, outreach, enforcement, training, and advocacy. Because HOPE Fair Housing Center’s main office is in Wheaton, Illinois and limited resources, our main service area has been mostly in the northern half of the state. We have determined that there is a need for a more prominent presence of fair housing education, outreach, and services in southern and western Illinois. To determine best methods and practices for reaching and providing HOPE’s services to communities in southern and western Illinois we are seeking a VISTA to support HOPE in the expansion of another branch of our organization specifically focused on underserved communities in the southern and western portions of the state. The VISTA will research and implement outreach strategies to extend to low and mixed-income communities, so all residents have an equal opportunity to find and obtain safe, affordable housing. The VISTA will be responsible for the development of sustainable, efficient processes to stay connected to and build relationships with residents and organizations in downstate Illinois communities that may have never heard of HOPE. Candidates must have strong networking, relationship building, writing, researching, and comprehension skills for this position. Having a personal method of transportation is preferable, but not having a car will not exclude candidates. Fluency in English for this position is a must, however fluency in other languages, especially Spanish, is a bonus. This position is a part of the Housing Action VISTA Network and it can start in June, July, or August. Speak to your interviewer for more details.
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Member Duties : Overarching Duties: 1. Research individual communities in downstate Illinois to determine current resources available to residents, potential in-kind partnerships, and develop needs analysis for fair housing outreach. Document all findings and meet with supervisor to plan next steps. 2. Research new funding opportunities and grants. 3. Determine viability and necessity of a satellite office for HOPE in downstate Illinois. Education and Outreach Deliverables: 1. Participate in at least one resource fair a quarter in order to boost awareness of our organization to residents in downstate Illinois. This activity will be done in tandem with the primary objective’s second activity. 2. Organize at least one fair housing educational training with members of the community per quarter. 3. Participate in at least one resource fair each quarter, in order to meet representatives from other organizations and establish HOPE as an organization that is willing to help the community.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Homelessness ,  Housing . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Recruitment ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing . 
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2020-2021 Fair Housing Capacity Building VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/17/2020  -   08/16/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2020  To  12/31/2020 

Contact VISTA Leader
202 W Willow Ave
Wheaton   IL   60187
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 94526