Housing Resources, Inc. and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Housing Information and Resource Specialist.
Service Member Start Date: October 16, 2017
Length of Service: 1700 hours ending August 15, 2018
Housing Resources, Inc. (HRI) is in its thirty-fifth year of service to the greater Kalamazoo County community. The mission of the agency is the assurance of housing for socially or economically vulnerable persons of Kalamazoo County. HRI serves as the access point for those experiencing a housing issue/crisis in Kalamazoo County. The agency provides a continuum of services within a Housing First emphasis. Service elements include: housing case management, emergency shelter, eviction diversion, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing. In addition, HRI offers housing options for low income households including the development and operation of four apartment complexes.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.
AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Housing Information and Resource Specialist will:
– Assist with intakes to assess the housing needs of that clients
-Address housing barriers for the client
– Create/update lists of available housing for the clients to choose from
– Assist clients in moving into safe, stable and affordable housing
– Connect clients with rental assistance and other funds to pay for security deposits, fees, or utility payments
– Receive training for/conduct Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and other housing inspections
– Identify, coordinate and implement volunteer recruitment and volunteer activities with the support of the Director of Community Outreach
– Provide follow-up support services as needed
– Enter client data into Information Systems
AMERICORPS MEMBER PERFORMANCE
Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Members will perform day to day service at Housing Resources, Inc. and serve a minimum of 42 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve evenings and weekends. Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.
Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:
– Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
– Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2018;
– Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
– Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
-Actively participating in at least two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
-Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.
This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and Housing Resources, Inc. will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.
-Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
-Ability to work independently and in a team environment
– Computer skills
-Good written and oral communication skills
-Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
-To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:
– Be eligible to earn 100% of a full-time education award
-Be eligible to perform a term of national service
-Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
-Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit)
-Have unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS
-Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time
-Be able to complete at least 1700 hours of service within the 10 months of service as well as serve the full term of the service
NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT
If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application.
Education Award: $5,815 – Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,815 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance.
Stipend: $15,000 – The position pays a total stipend of $15,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month.
Health Care: A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible).
Child Care Subsidy: For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service).
Interested applicants may email or mail their resume and cover letter with “AmeriCorps IR” in the subject line to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 420 East Alcott Street, Suite 200, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.
This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
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