Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS) is a 34-year-old nonprofit known in the community development field as an innovator in resident-driven neighborhood revitalization. We work in Orange, NJ and nearby communities to amplify the underappreciated strengths of income- constrained residents and organizations. Our goal is to help them build up and sustain healthy neighborhoods that provide economic, educational and cultural opportunities and outcomes rivaling those found in more affluent towns and cities.
We work toward our vision by building safe and healthy affordable housing for residents and affordable commercial space for entrepreneurs and small businesses. We bolster our economic development activity with innovative community empowerment initiatives that seek to inspire neighbors to cultivate their inherent assets to help build a just and beautiful city.
To achieve that vision in these times, HANDS recognizes that we must take on a driving force behind an array of interconnected impediments to revitalization: the huge and growing disparity in wealth and income between residents of cities like Orange and residents of more affluent towns. We are linking our longstanding commitment to addressing the lack of decent affordable housing with new efforts on the economic development front to build personal, family and neighborhood income and wealth in the neighborhoods we serve. The task before us is to empower business owners, homeowners and everyday residents to take control of their financial future. Over the next few years, we are launching programs to aid small businesses with training and access to capital, assist homeowners to maintain and enhance their largest asset, help individuals and families to increase their capability to accumulate savings and plan their financial future. Our VISTA fellow will enhance our capacity to execute well-designed initiatives to help individuals and businesses generate and sustain wealth in Orange, NJ.
The VISTA member will help staff boost organizational capacity to assess economic challenges and opportunities and design, develop and implement strategies that businesses can use to become profitable and homeowners and other residents can use to bolster finances and grow wealth. The successful candidate will be able to:
(1) Survey new/established small businesses, assess their financial strengths and challenges and develop a portfolio of trainers and service providers to meet their needs
(2) Survey residents to assess their financial challenges and opportunities and curate a suite of workshops and services to meet their needs
(3) Work with homeowners on a home improvement grants program and develop a list of qualified contractors designed to increase the livability and value of their homes
(4) Research the best ways to incorporate these findings and resources into a robust wealth creation capability within the organization
Conversational Spanish desired. REMOTE START LIKELY followed by a requirement to work from our office in Orange, NJ.
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