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The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (The Housing Alliance) is accepting applications for its 2021-2022 Housing Capacity project. 

The Housing Capacity AmeriCorps VISTA Team 

The Housing Alliance is looking for two (2) highly motivated, self-starter individuals to be part of its Housing Capacity AmeriCorps VISTA team, working on affordable housing, homelessness, eviction, and blight issues across Pennsylvania. The AmeriCorps VISTA team will help the Housing Alliance build its capacity in working with rural communities and mid-size cities. The AmeriCorps VISTA team will receive direction and one-on-one support from the Housing Alliance staff but must be able to work independently, communicate effectively and compassionately with members of the Pennsylvania’s communities, and work independently. One AmeriCorps member will be based out of the Housing Alliance’s Pittsburgh office and one will be based out of the Philadelphia office. The Housing Alliance is currently working in a remote environment due to COVID-19. However, that may change in the future and/or office provisions may be required for AmeriCorps VISTAS per federal requirements of the AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps VISTAs serve full-time for one year, beginning on August 30, 2021. 

Applying to Serve - How and when to apply 

Submit cover letters and resumes to careers@housingalliancepa.org by June 18, 2021. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for the AmeriCorps VISTA member position based out of the Housing Alliance’s Philadelphia office or the Pittsburgh office.   

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is committed to diversity and inclusion. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. 

If you have any questions, contact Andrea Mannino, Associate Director, Research and Evaluation at careers@housingalliancepa.org. 

About the Team’s Positions 

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania AmeriCorps VISTA Housing Capacity team members will work with the Housing Alliance to build its capacity in partnering with local organizations and communities in rural and mid-size cities. They will work to expand the scale, reach, and effectiveness of programs that increase housing opportunities for low income households. Working closely with local partners and individuals with lived experience will be critical to their work. 

Members of the Housing Alliance’s AmeriCorps VISTA Housing Capacity team will work with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania staff to address issues affecting low-income households. 

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AmeriCorps VISTAs will build capacity for the Housing Alliance and its network of partners by: 

  • Developing, planning, and organizing outreach and engagement activities and events 
  • Supporting, establishing, and strengthening partnerships within the Housing Alliance’s network of members, specifically with those in rural communities and mid-size cities 
  • Conducting data collection, analysis, and research 
  • Promoting best practices in addressing affordable housing issues that could be replicable or expanded in Pennsylvania 
  • Developing partnerships with community groups, local governments, and persons with lived experience 
  • Researching housing solutions that could benefit low income individuals and families, persons experiencing homelessness, and low-income communities in Pennsylvania 

Preferred Skills/ Experience 

Applicants to the Housing Alliance’s Housing Capacity AmeriCorps VISTA Team should have: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Competence in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
  • Research skills and ability to analyze data  
  • Familiarity with social service programs or programs addressing affordable housing, eviction, homelessness, or blight  
  • Pride in performing tasks promptly, completely, and accurately 
  • Ability to work with partners and the public in a helpful and supportive manner 
  • Friendliness, adaptability, dependability, flexibility, and willingness to work collaboratively 
  • Self-motivation and work independently 

Requirements for full-year VISTAs 

These two positions are being offered through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Visit https://americorps.gov/ for more information on the AmeriCorps VISTA program, its qualifications and benefits. The AmeriCorps VISTAs will serve in a full-time capacity for one-year. The Housing Alliance typically works 9AM to 5PM, Monday to Friday. However, there will be instances of the necessity to work outside of these hours to participate in and set up meetings and events (in-person and virtual) with local partners and stakeholders, including our annual conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  

To qualify as an AmeriCorps VISTA, you must: 

  • Be 18 or older 
  • Have U.S. citizenship or have a legal residency status (See the AmeriCorps Fit Finder for more information on citizenship or residency requirements) 
  • Undergo a criminal background check, if your application is accepted  

Benefits 

As a full-year AmeriCorps VISTA, you will receive: 

  • A bi-weekly living allowance of $542.22 in Philadelphia and of $513.94 in Pittsburgh (amounts from 2020, AmeriCorps has not released the 2021 allowances yet) 
  • A settling-in allowance of up to $750 and relocation travel allowance of $0.40 per mile (if you’re relocating more than 50 miles) 
  • An education award ($6,495) or end of service award (approximately $1,800) 

Other benefits through the AmeriCorps VISTA program include: 

  • Ten days of personal leave 
  • Ten days of medical leave 
  • A health care allowance or health benefit plan through AmeriCorps 
  • Loan forbearance or deferment for federal student loans 
  • One year of Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) for federal jobs 

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania  

In Pennsylvania, there are only 39 affordable and available rental units per 100 extremely low-income households. The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania’s mission is to work to provide leadership and a common voice for policies, practices and resources to ensure that all Pennsylvanians, especially those with low incomes, have access to safe, decent and affordable homes. The Housing Alliance promotes common-sense solutions to balance Pennsylvania's housing market and increase the supply of safe, decent homes for low-income people.   

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (The Housing Alliance) is accepting applications for its 2021-2022 Housing Capacity project. 

The Housing Capacity AmeriCorps VISTA Team 

The Housing Alliance is looking for two (2) highly motivated…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    August 30, 2021
  • End Date
    August 29, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    June 18, 2021
  • Payment
    Stipend
  • Stipend / Wage
    $542.22 in Philadelphia and $513.94 in Pittsburgh
  • Hours Per Week
    Full time

Benefits

Benefits 

As a full-year AmeriCorps VISTA, you will receive: 

  • A bi-weekly living allowance of $542.22 in Philadelphia and of $513.94 in Pittsburgh (amounts from 2020, AmeriCorps has not released the 2021 allowances yet) 
  • A settling-in allowance of up to $750 and relocation travel allowance of $0.40 per mile (if you’re relocating more than 50 miles) 
  • An education award ($6,495) or end of service award (approximately $1,800) 

Other benefits through the AmeriCorps VISTA program include: 

  • Ten days of personal leave 
  • Ten days of medical leave 
  • A health care allowance or health benefit plan through AmeriCorps 
  • Loan forbearance or deferment for federal student loans 
  • One year of Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) for federal jobs 

Benefits 

As a full-year AmeriCorps VISTA, you will receive: 

  • A bi-weekly living allowance of $542.22 in Philadelphia and of $513.94 in Pittsburgh (amounts from 2020, AmeriCorps has not…

How to Apply

Applying to Serve - How and when to apply 

Submit cover letters and resumes to careers@housingalliancepa.org by June 18, 2021. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for the AmeriCorps VISTA member position based out of the Housing Alliance’s Philadelphia office or the Pittsburgh office.   

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is committed to diversity and inclusion. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. 

If you have any questions, contact Andrea Mannino, Associate Director, Research and Evaluation at careers@housingalliancepa.org. 

Requirements for full-year VISTAs 

These two positions are being offered through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Visit https://americorps.gov/ for more information on the AmeriCorps VISTA program, its qualifications and benefits. The AmeriCorps VISTAs will serve in a full-time capacity for one-year. The Housing Alliance typically works 9AM to 5PM, Monday to Friday. However, there will be instances of the necessity to work outside of these hours to participate in and set up meetings and events (in-person and virtual) with local partners and stakeholders, including our annual conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  

Applying to Serve - How and when to apply 

Submit cover letters and resumes to careers@housingalliancepa.org by June 18, 2021. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Pittsburgh, PA
Associated Location
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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