Housing Associate VISTA

Americorps Chicago, IL
The Garfield Park Community Council (GPCC) is a community-building organization made up of dedicated residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create opportunities and programs that build a vital Garfield Park, a neighborhood on Chicago's West Side that has experienced decades of disinvestment. Spun off by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance in 2012, the GPCC was created in 2005 by LISC Chicago and the Alliance as a result of a Quality of Life Plan for East Garfield Park designed by more than 400 community residents and stakeholders. This plan evolved into a working blueprint for community renewal with active resident committees focusing on four major areas: housing, business development, wellness, and public safety.The GPCC currently offers housing counseling that works to reoccupy vacant homes through the Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP), and recently purchased and preserved 40 units of affordable senior housing. The VISTA project will help to measure, integrate, and expand the GPCC's housing programs, researching policy and funding opportunities while developing evaluation and communication tools. The VISTA project will increase affordable housing opportunities and interrupt the cycle of poverty on Chicago's West Side. An ideal candidate for this position is someone who is a swift learner that can work on a variety of projects in a fast-paced environment. This person needs to be able to work well with others, as well as with a diverse group of people including residents, and organization staff. Experience with research and data analysis is strongly preferred. A background in housing services, development, and finance is preferred but not required. Ideal candidates should also be strong writers and public speakers.

Terms :

Permits working at another job during off hours , Permits attendance at school during off hours . Service Areas :

Neighborhood Revitalization , Housing , Community and Economic Development , Community Outreach . Skills :

Social Services , Community Organization , General Skills , Communications , Public Speaking , Urban Planning , Writing/Editing , Leadership , Non-Profit Management , Fund raising/Grant Writing.