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Community Building Housing Equity - AmeriCorps VISTA

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The Neighborhood Developers, Inc. (TND) (http://theneighborhooddevelopers.org/) creates vibrant neighborhoods where people from all walks of life can thrive. Focused on three cities that abut Boston to the north (Chelsea, Revere, and Everett), TND delivers the following integrated programs to build equity and opportunity for both people and place: 1) Real estate development to expand affordable housing inventory; 2) Resident Services so that tenants in TND’s properties remain stably housed and use the platform of an affordable home to accrue social, health, educational, and economic benefits; 3) Community Building to elevate the voices of residents who have traditionally held less power, enabling them to shape the future of our communities and their own lives; and 4) Financial capabilities to increase the prosperity of community members. TND believes in both people- and place-based solutions to create great and thriving neighborhoods. Without an engaged citizenry, entrenched social and economic issues that impact community members in our target neighborhoods will remain.

Rents have risen significantly in recent years and many residents face the threat of displacement in the communities that TND serves. Pre-pandemic, housing affordability was a growing concern, and COVID19 has only exacerbated that issue. In the face of the worsening housing crisis, residents came together in August 2020 to launch the Housing Equity Committee (HEC). With technical assistance and training provided by the Community Building Team at TND, members are learning about the housing issue and ways that they can take action.


Job Description

The Housing Equity VISTA will build TND’s capacity to support community members participating in the Housing Equity Committee by helping to formalize and systematize the group’s organizational infrastructure. The VISTA will research evidence-based approaches to tackling displacement and then develop a manual that guides committee activities. In addition, the VISTA will assist with HEC member recruitment, and focus on the leadership development within the group, which will enable the committee to be self-sustaining and lead to increased civic engagement. The work of the VISTA will enable residents to confidently raise their voices and contribute to community decision making related to affordable housing.

The following objectives are the focus of the VISTA’s work:

  1. Research and draft a memo regarding evidence-based approaches to tackling displacement.

●      Research models of local efforts to reduce housing displacement, and state and national policies and bills;

●      Interview community stakeholders and residents and document their observations/ knowledge/ experiences of displacement; 

●      Write a memo that details findings and describes opportunities for TND to support residents around housing equity issues;

●      Research and include in memo a compilation of housing resources available to residents to fight displacement, i.e., RAFT (Rental Assistance for Families in Transition), ERMA (Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance), legal clinics, etc.

  1. Research and draft a Housing Equity Handbook that covers best practices for Housing Equity Committee activities.

●      Determine and employ best methods of outreach to Chelsea and Revere residents in order to boost committee membership

●      Work with interns and TND staff to follow up with community members who have sought housing assistance, such as Rental Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT), to see if they are interested in becoming civically engaged with the Housing Equity Committee or with other local organizations who are fighting against displacement.

●      Begin to cultivate committee leaders; leadership development

To accomplish these objectives, typical activities in a day may include: interviews, creating a project plan, creating instructional materials, training colleagues or volunteers on a new process, running reports, compiling spreadsheets, importing/exporting data, researching best practices, etc.

Please note this is a VISTA member position, not a staff position. The VISTA member will be supervised by the Revere Community Building Manager and will work closely with the other Community Building and Resource Development staff. The VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program provides full-time volunteers to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations to create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. In addition to a living allowance, the VISTA program offers an education award or cash stipend, health insurance, and week-long training in a U.S. city. For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA, see https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvista


Qualifications

Required:

●      College degree or relevant work history

●      At least 18 years of age

●      Excellent verbal and written communication skills

●      Responsible, self-motivated, and able to carry out and prioritize multiple ongoing projects

●     Thrives in a fast-paced work environment

●      Ability to work occasional evenings or weekends (e.g. for focus groups), not to exceed 40 hours/week

●      Strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to social justice

Desired:

●      Experience working in a diverse multi-cultural community

●      Relevant experience in community building and/or placekeeping

●      Bi-lingual English-Spanish, English-Khmer, English-Arabic or English- Portuguese


To Apply

TND is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. 

Please email a resume and cover letter to VISTAVolunteer@tndinc.org. Please list Community Building Housing Equity VISTA in the subject line. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled - through August 10, 2021. 

The Neighborhood Developers, Inc. (TND) (http://theneighborhooddevelopers.org/) creates vibrant neighborhoods where people from all walks of life can thrive. Focused on three cities that abut Boston to the north (Chelsea, Revere, and Everett), TND…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Level of Language Proficiency

Desired:  Bi-lingual English-Spanish, English-Khmer, English-Arabic or English- Portuguese

Desired:  Bi-lingual English-Spanish, English-Khmer, English-Arabic or English- Portuguese

Location

On-site
Chelsea, MA 02150, USA

How to Apply

To Apply

TND is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. 

Please email a resume and cover letter to VISTAVolunteer@tndinc.org. Please list Community Building Housing Equity VISTA in the subject line. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled - through August 10, 2021. 

To Apply

TND is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. 

Please email a resume and cover letter to VISTAVolunteer@tndinc.org. Please list Community Building Housing…

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