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VISTA Costs of Homelessness Project Coordinator

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

June 21, 2018 - June 20, 2019

Application Window

March 20, 2018 - April 27, 2018

Location

  • Cedar Rapids, IA

Application Details

Contact Information
Geovanni Almanza
(515) 235-4686
vistaleader@compact.org

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Description

Homelessness continues to be a problem in the Cedar Rapids area due to a lack of resources directed to meet the very basic needs for all people (see the 2016 annual Iowa Homelessness report: http://icanalysis.org/2016.html). Housing is out of reach for many people due to the gap between housing costs and poverty-level income, especially for minoritized populations and people with criminal histories. Service providers, like the Willis Dady Homeless Shelter, continue to provide for very basic needs but have been unsuccessful in changing policy and practices upstream, which could help alleviate homelessness on a broader scale. This project will focus on gathering the local costs of homelessness and presenting that information to the public, along with possible long-term solutions to homelessness. Without the cost study information, we have not been able to garner support and interest in new ways to meet the needs of our clients.

The AmeriCorps VISTA will facilitate the cost study project, which is one step in the long-term project of creating more housing for people experiencing homelessness. The VISTA member will work with a team of service providers to assess key cost data, long-term trends, individual local case studies, and best practices related to better housing solutions for people who repeatedly experience homelessness. The VISTA will coordinate the team to present this information so that the general public can better understand the needs of the community and become more engaged in solving the problem of homelessness locally. This foundational work will allow Willis Dady to present local information that is well researched, comprehensive, and collaborative.

Homelessness continues to be a problem in the Cedar Rapids area due to a lack of resources directed to meet the very basic needs for all people (see the 2016 annual Iowa Homelessness report: http://icanalysis.org/2016.html). Housing is out of reach for many people due to the gap between housing costs and poverty-level income, especially for minoritized populations and people with criminal histories. Service providers, like the Willis Dady Homeless Shelter, continue to provide for very basic needs but have been unsuccessful in changing policy and practices upstream, which could help alleviate homelessness on a broader scale. This project will focus on gathering the local costs of homelessness and presenting that information to the public, along with possible long-term solutions to homelessness. Without the cost study information, we have not been able to garner support and interest in new ways to meet the needs of our clients.

The AmeriCorps VISTA will facilitate the cost study project, which is one step in the long-term project of creating more housing for people experiencing homelessness. The VISTA member will work with a team of service providers to assess key cost data, long-term trends, individual local case studies, and best practices related to better housing solutions for people who repeatedly experience homelessness. The VISTA will coordinate the team to present this information so that the general public can better understand the needs of the community and become more engaged in solving the problem of homelessness locally. This foundational work will allow Willis Dady to present local information that is well researched, comprehensive, and collaborative.
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Living Allowance

$950 - $950 monthly

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training

Additional Benefits

1) A living stipend paid out bi-monthly from the Corporation for National and Community Service totaling $11,300 over 12 calendar months. 2) Health care benefit through the Corporation for National and Community Service 3) Professional development and networking opportunities 4) Upon successful completion of the full term of service, the Member will receive an education award of $5,775 or $1,500 post-service stipend, from the National Service Trust. 5) If the Member has received forbearance on a qualified student loan during the term of service, and the Member successfully completes the term of service, the National Service Trust will repay a portion of the interest that accrued on the loan during the term of service according to hours served. 6) Child-care benefits are contingent on having a child under 13, meeting an income threshold, needing child-care assistance to complete the AmeriCorps term of service, and having a financial need to pay necessary child-care expenses. More information can be found at http://www.americorpschildcare.com/ 7) One-year noncompetitive status for a federal government job.

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Other Conditions

Car recommended
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security

Weekly Hours

40

Location Type

Urban

Service Type

Indirect "capacity building" for a direct service program

Service Environment

Indoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, Local Government Agency

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Application Details

Contact Information
Geovanni Almanza
(515) 235-4686
vistaleader@compact.org

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AmeriCorps VISTA

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