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Homeless Verification & Affordable Housing Research VISTA
We are the Community Action Agency serving Boone and Winnebago counties; engaging, educating and empowering people in poverty to build stronger communities through programs and partnerships. This position will serve Winnebago, Boone, and Dekalb counties, Illinois. Most work will take place in Rockford, IL. According to the By-Name list kept by the local system, there are about 270 homeless individuals and families awaiting housing placements in the area. Many of those people will be entering housing programs where homeless verification is required for entry. However, we do not currently have the system or resources in place to verify people living in places not meant for human habitation. This position will identify better ways to verify homeless status and help link those people to affordable housing options. Rockford has been very successful in reducing our overall homelessness. We have ended veteran and chronic homelessness by using innovative strategies. This project will allow us to continue that innovation and move toward ending all homelessness. By having the information in place to verify homeless status, we will be able to get folks off the streets sooner and connect them to the affordable housing. This position is a part of the Housing Action VISTA Network. As such, this position will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities. This position can start in June, July, or August of 2020. All applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, sexual orientation, military status, order of protection status or unfavorable discharge from military service.
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Member Duties : 1. Complete research needed so that we can move forward with developing affordable housing. 2. Locating appropriate properties that can be made into affordable housing and updated spreadsheets of properties. 3. Gathering information on our clients regarding their homeless status 4. Weekly Director reports for recommendations of client removals from the by-name list of homeless. 5. Offer assistance to our clients during client housing appointments. 6. Establish a procedure that will better allow our current staff to determine homelessness status/locations on clientele.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Housing ,  Homelessness ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Public Speaking ,  General Skills ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work ,  Communications . 
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Homeless Verification & Affordable Housing Research 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  04/27/2020  To  08/15/2020 

Contact VISTA Leader
612 N Church St
Rockford   IL   61103
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 95824