Keep Austin Housed (KAH), an AmeriCorps State project of Front Steps, affects positive change in the lives of children, youth, and adults who are at-risk of experiencing, currently experiencing, or have formerly experienced homelessness.
KAH places 35 full-time AmeriCorps Members in 11 nonprofits in Austin. Members serve 40 hours per week over the course of 11 months, in which they work directly with individuals to overcome barriers to housing, employment, and personal stability. Members will assist with existing case management services by providing more intensive support and life skills training to address specific barriers, helping the client make significant, lasting changes in their situation. Activities will be determined by the needs and goals of each client. AmeriCorps Members assess for client needs, develop action plans to meet goals, and provide guidance as clients work towards self-sufficiency.
- Front Steps: Adults (including veterans) who are chronically homeless, facing unstable housing, or currently residing in supportive housing. Members assist clients in achieving self-sufficiency (related to income, housing, and self-care stabilization). Members also have opportunities to participate in special projects that benefit their program and to interact in the local community.
- SafePlace: Women, children, and men who have experienced rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and often homelessness and poverty due to abuse. Members help survivors of abuse secure stable housing and help clients strengthen their self-sufficiency through case management, safety planning, and life skills classes.
- Caritas of Austin: Individuals and families who are homeless and/or living in poverty. Members act primarily as a link to community resources within a fast-moving environment where they have daily client interactions and gain experience in connecting to local resources.
- Trinity Center: Adults who are homeless or living in poverty. Members act as case management aides and help in giving short-term information and referral services. Members also assist with day-to-day center operations to deliver basic-needs program, following Trinity Center’s desire to provide a nurturing environment that views respect and care for others as a foundation value.
- Family Eldercare: Seniors, adults with disabilities, and caregivers. At this placement, members work with a team of case managers to establish safe and affordable permanent housing, ensure clients access benefits and community resources. Members also assist clients in seeking opportunities to increase self-sufficiency, knowledge, and skills for housing stability, and recruit volunteers to support client needs.
- Foundation Communities: Working families as part of the Children’s Home Initative. Members help families to address the underlying issues that contribute to their poverty. Members meet weekly with families to address issues like money management, job skills, employment, childcare, health insurance, debt, and long-term housing.
- The Other Ones Foundation: The Other Ones Foundation’s Workforce First program offers people experiencing homelessness and poverty zero barrier work opportunities serving the community. Work assignments include park cleanup, animal enrichment, landscaping, cleaning services, apartment make-readies and more. Clients of the Workforce First program also receive case management services aimed at breaking down barriers to stable income and hosing. TOOF also maintains a 16 to 20 bed safe haven style housing-focused shelter called The Golden Road, which will serve single adults and families experiencing homelessness and poverty.
- Casa Marianella/Posada Esperanza: Immigrants and refugees (families). Members assist in staffing the shelter and meeting resident needs. Members will have constant direct contact with people of diverse backgrounds from all over the world. Members and full-time volunteer staff work collaboratively to complete a variety of tasks.
- LifeWorks: Youth and families in crisis. Members are placed at one of Lifeworks’ six programs and serve as case management aides and resource advocates. Members serve various populations, from foster youth to young mothers. Every year, members contribute to helping Lifeworks reach over 10,000 people through direct services such as shelter, counseling, and family violence services.
- Goodwill: People with a wide array of barriers to employment, including homelessness, criminal backgrounds, lack of education, and disabilities. Members focus on referring clients to job-related services such as job readiness trainings and occupational skills. Members also connect clients to housing support services, including direct financial assistance and the development of housing goals.
In addition to work at their sites, members develop personally and professionally through team-building events, trainings, and service opportunities.
Prospective candidates are pre-screened with an AmeriCorps national application, as well as a project specific application found here: http://www.frontsteps.org/keep-austin-housed-web-to-lead-form-2/ Candidates will not be considered until both applications have been submitted.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Members must be 20 and have some college experience. Work and/or volunteer experience with the homeless populations and/or general service delivery is preferred. Some positions require bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check
20 - 100