*Goodwill VISTA* emPOWERme- Portland Housing Authority

Americorps Portland, ME
Together with its community partners, the Portland Housing Authority (PHA) provides and expands affordable housing and services that improve quality of life, builds community, enhances safety and promotes personal success for the people we serve and the neighborhoods in which they reside. The PHA provides subsidized housing for over 2,700 families/6,100 individuals through its public housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs. All residents of Public Housing and HCV are low-to-no income. The PHA emPOWERme Program blends two existing PHA programs: Resident Opportunity for Self Sufficiency Program (ROSS) and Family Self- Sufficiency Program (FSS). emPOWERme is a holistic approach to family stabilization and financial empowerment, which serves families receiving housing subsidy through the PHA. The program focuses on the individual needs of its clients, utilizing wrap-around supports and referrals to help families to thrive, not just survive. The collaboration combines best practices, shared databases, and coaches to coordinate resources to best serve the needs of clients. As a result, clients can move smoothly from crisis toward family stability and financial empowerment. EmPOWERme defines financial empowerment as suitable employment, increased earned income, reduced or eliminated welfare assistance, and progress toward economic self-sufficiency. Over 3,350 PHA residents are eligible for emPOWERme. www.porthouse.org

Terms :

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

Public Safety , Community and Economic Development , Community Outreach , Health , Entrepreneur/Business , Housing . Skills :

Recruitment , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Communications , Team Work , General Skills , Social Services , Community Organization.