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Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania AmeriCorps VISTA (Pitt.)

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September 8, 2020
July 15, 2020
As a full-year VISTA through the VISTA program, you will receive: A bi-weekly stipend of $542.22 in Philadelphia and a bi-weekly stipend of $513.94 in Pittsburgh.

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (The Housing Alliance) is accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Housing Capacity project. 

The Housing Capacity VISTA Team 

The Housing Alliance is looking for two (2) highly motivated, self-starter individuals to be part of its Housing Capacity VISTA team, working on affordable housing, homelessness, eviction, and blight issues across Pennsylvania. The VISTA team will help the Housing Alliance build its capacity in working with rural communities and mid-size cities. The 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 VISTA member will work from the Housing Alliance’s Pittsburgh office and one will work from the Philadelphia office. VISTAs serve full-time for one year, beginning on September 8, 2020. 

Applying to Serve - How and when to apply 

Submit cover letters and resumes to kate@housingalliancepa.org by July 15, 2020. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for the VISTA member position located in 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 Kate Kelly, Associate Director, Outreach and Engagement at kate@housingalliancepa.org. 

About the Team’s Positions 

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

VISTAs will build capacity for the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania 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 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 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://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista for more information on the VISTA program, its qualifications and benefits. The 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.  

To qualify as an AmeriCorps VISTA, you must: 

  • Be 18 or older 
  • Have a bachelor’s degree 
  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (See the AmeriCorps VISTA FAQs for more information on citizenship or residency requirements) 
  • Undergo a criminal background check, if your application is accepted 

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (The Housing Alliance) is accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Housing Capacity project. 

The Housing Capacity VISTA Team 

The Housing Alliance is looking for two (2) highly motivated, self-starter…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

As a full-year VISTA through the VISTA program, you will receive: 

  • A bi-weekly stipend of $542.22 in Philadelphia and a bi-weekly stipend of $513.94 in Pittsburgh 
  • 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 ($6,195) or end of service award (approximately $1,800) 

Other benefits through the VISTA program include: 

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

As a full-year VISTA through the VISTA program, you will receive: 

  • A bi-weekly stipend of $542.22 in Philadelphia and a bi-weekly stipend of $513.94 in Pittsburgh 
  • A settling-in…

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to kate@housingalliancepa.org. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for the VISTA member position located in the Housing Alliance’s Philadelphia office or the Pittsburgh office.   

Send cover letter and resume to kate@housingalliancepa.org. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for the VISTA member position located in the Housing Alliance…

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