Housing Stability Associate (Direct Service or VISTA)

Job Description

HOUSING STABILITY ASSOCIATE (DIRECT SERVICE OR VISTA) 1) Housing Stability Associate (Direct Service) Start/end date: 8/31/2020 - 8/27/2021 United Way of King County is seeking determined, passionate, and energetic problem solvers to commit to a year of service (1700 service hours) of service with the Housing Stability program.

AmeriCorps member will serve at host agencies to provide one-on-one assistance for individuals and/or families experiencing a housing crisis Note on COVID-19: Please note that United Way of King County has moved to remote operations and will reopen pending public health guidance. As such, be prepared to partake remotely in interviews, training, and other service responsibilities should we move forward with your candidacy.

If technology presents a barrier to applying, interviewing, or accepting the position, please reach out to for accommodations. Should we move forward with your candidacy, members will start their AmeriCorps service primarily working remotely. Per United

Way and public health guidance, all AmeriCorps members must be able to transition from working remotely to commuting to their site daily at any time during their service year. Prior to United Way s reopening, this position may require occasional in-person service.

United Way is following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Washington State Department of Health regarding social distancing and safety measures.

We are eager to support you in having a safe and impactful service term. Program Overview Homelessness and housing instability remains a crisis in our region. On any given night, more than 11,199 people will experience homelessness in King County.

5,228 people are unsheltered staying in vehicles, tents, and on our streets, while approximately 5,971 stay in emergency shelter. The rising cost of living and rent is also contributing to instability, nearly 50% of evictions are because of unpaid rent. United

Way of King County believes that this is unacceptable and is committed to reducing the number of unsheltered people and evictions due to unpaid rent in our community. What started as a health crisis, has quickly had reverberating economic shocks in our community, and within the first months of the COVID-19 response, thousands of community members have faced having to choose between paying rent or for other basic needs. Our vision is to live in a community where everyone has a safe and stable home.

We believe our community needs to address the crisis with a strong and efficient crisis response system and an adequate number of stable housing options that help people exit homelessness. We also need to reduce the number of people becoming homeless in the first place. Housing Stability Team Housing Stability AmeriCorps members will serve at host agencies to provide one-on-one assistance for individuals and/or families experiencing a housing crisis.

Members will directly meet with clients to make sure they are quickly identified, assessed for, and connected. Members will learn and implement a client-centered approach to provide diversion services, eviction prevention, and rent assistance. Members will also be critical to the success of United

Way s Resource Exchanges. AmeriCorps placements associated with this program will contribute to our goals of helping 3,000 people receive financial assistance and 1,000 people having positive housing outcomes. Roles & Responsibilities Provide one-on-one assistance for individuals and/or families experiencing a housing crisis Trained in the diversion-first model to get individuals / families into housing quickly and efficiently Navigate complex systems to connect people to financial benefits and income supports

Work closely on behalf of your clients to ensure strong referrals and housing outcomes Provide intake and assessment of new clients to determine housing prevention eligibility Act as a liaison on behalf of clients to landlords to establish stable housing Facilitate walk-in services to connect clients with diversion services and additional resources Conduct housing inspections, rapid rehousing, deliver rent checks, and mobile assessments as needed Participate in trainings and implement racial equity strategies to reduce racial disparities Provide homelessness prevention services as needed Diligently track data to demonstrate service outputs and outcomes Conduct outreach at Family Resource Exchange and other community events or meetings Desired Qualifications We believe that the communities we serve must be centered in the work we do, therefore people of color and people who have experienced eviction or homelessness are highly encouraged to apply Passionate social justice advocate and driven to end poverty and homelessness in King County Cultural humility and experience working with populations from many race, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds Interest in learning new skills, implement knowledge, and educate others Ability to follow processes, be highly organized, and have the tenacity to persist when things get challenging.

Flexibility, creativity, and perseverance to get things done in a fast-paced environment with stringent, critical, legal deadlines Enthusiastic team player and critical thinker Comprehensive understanding about systemic causes of poverty and racial inequities Second language skill is highly desirable Access to a car is desirable People of color and people with experience navigating the complex social service system encouraged to apply Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills Eligibility Must be at least 18 years of age

Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States Must be available 40 hours a week for 5 days a week Able to serve a full year and reach a total of 1700 service hours.

Must go through a Washington State Patrol background check, FBI background check and National Sex Offender Registry Check, plus state of residence background check if not living in WA currently F1 VISAS are not sufficient Benefits $2000 monthly living stipend (pre-tax) Loan deferment on qualified student loans during your service Payment of interest on qualified student loans that are accrued during service term An Education Award of $6,195 upon successful completion of service Health benefits that meet minimum standards of ACA compliance 10 days of sick leave, 10 days of personal leave Childcare assistance Unlimited Public transportation pass (ORCA) Opportunity to be a part of an innovative, high-impact program

Working across teams of various community organizations Gain valuable personal and professional development experience Becoming a member of a large network of current AmeriCorps members and alums ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2) Housing Stability Associate (VISTA) Start/end date: 8/31/2020 - 8/30/2021 Increase the financial stability of families and low-income students experiencing homelessness by building the capacity of the Ending Homelessness program and the Family Resource Exchanges at United

Way of King County, that directly connect unsheltered families and college students experiencing homelessness to housing, jobs, and other resources that help them meet basic needs and build self-sufficiency. Notice to Applicants: Please note that United Way of King County has moved to remote operations and will reopen pending public health guidance.

As such, be prepared to partake remotely in interviews, training, and other service responsibilities should we move forward with your candidacy. If technology presents a barrier to applying, interviewing, or accepting the position, please reach out to for accommodations. Should we move forward with your candidacy, members will start their AmeriCorps service working remotely.

Per United Way and public health guidance, all AmeriCorps members must be able to transition from working remotely to commuting to their site to serve 40 hrs. per week at any time during their service year.

Program Overview Homelessness is a crisis in King County. On any given night, over 11,000 people are experiencing housing insecurity and thousands are staying outside without shelter. Families moms dads, children, aunts uncles, grandparents making up about 2,500 of those individuals without a home every night.

While the numbers have declined over the past year by 7% there is much more work to be done. Thus, United Way is committed to partnering with local agencies and caring people in our region to ensure that people in our community have homes.

The Starbucks Corporation challenged UWKC in partnership with well-known local agencies, Mary s Place and Wellspring Family Services, to bring our mission to local communities where the need is the greatest across the county and host events called the Family Resource Exchange (FRE). These FREs focus on our collective goal to end family homelessness and create pop-up events that are one-stop shops to directly connect families to resources on-site for a few hours.

At each event, families are directly connected to housing resources, employment, legal services, child care, hot meals, daily essentials, and so much more! Further, it not only brings financial assistance to families, but is an event focused on making an enjoyable time for families. The Housing Stability Associate will be responsible for building the capacity of the

Ending Homelessness Program at United Way by building an effective monitoring and evaluation tool to evaluate data and connect people experiencing homelessness to services. Starting in early 2021 , after guidance from Public Health that events can be held, this position will including building the Family Resource Exchanges events by identifying the most appropriate locations for the events, mobilizing service providers, recruiting volunteers, and engaging companies for donations for each event.

Overall, this position will aim to increase the financial stability of families experiencing homelessness and low income people by building the capacity of UWKC Family Resource Exchanges that directly connect with unsheltered community members experiencing homeless. By building these events, this AmeriCorps member will support 3,600 economically disadvantaged individuals (in families), including homeless individuals, receive housing services. This also includes supporting 1,800 individuals transition into safe, healthy, affordable housing.

In addition, they will be accelerating the impact of United Way s work to lift 50,000 people out of poverty and reduce the unsheltered population by 50%. Position Responsibilities Increase the capacity of the

Ending Homelessness Program at United Way by building an effective monitoring and evaluation tool to evaluate data and connect people experiencing homelessness to services. Become an expert in Apricot a secure tool for tracking client information and elevating client needs to agency partners.

Create an all-encompassing Family Resource Exchange portfolio, in order to streamline planning, for the 6 events occurring by the end of the calendar year 2021 Mobilize over 50 agencies and 100 volunteers for each Family Resource Exchange event, occurring every 2 to 3 months, which will connect unsheltered families experiencing homelessness to local resources Recruit volunteers projects for volunteers prior to each Family Resource Exchange. Create a plan to secure donations, through supply drives, for each event. Qualifications Experience working with non-profits and/or public agencies and/or college degree in related field Experience in event management Ability to recruit and managing volunteers Technology expert and previous experience evaluating secure data Effective verbal and written communication Excellent organizational and creative problem-solving capabilities, emotional intelligence, and project and time management skills Cultural humility and commitment to racial equity is a must to ensure that services are relevant and accessible

We have ambitious goals in support of our community, and therefore ask that you have a comprehensive understanding of poverty in our region and are committed to addressing systemic inequities Excitement for working on a team in order to foster collaborative and productive relationships with staff, partners and teammates Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing workload Proficiency with MS office programs including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint & Excel Willingness to maintain a strong work ethic in the face of challenges such as living within the means of the VISTA stipend Eligibility Be at least 18 years old upon entering VISTA training. There is no upper age limit.

Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. F-1 visas are not sufficient. Not be listed in the National Sex Offender Registry database as having been convicted of sex-related crimes.

Be willing to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check. AmeriCorps assesses criminal history on a case-by-case basis when determining applicant eligibility. Be in a position to offer full-time service for one year without regard to regular working hours.

Have a high school diploma/equivalent or be working toward completing one during the service year. Understand that VISTAs serve on a full-time basis from August 31, 2020, to August 30, 2021. Therefore, VISTAs cannot enroll in school except in limited circumstances or be subjects of legal proceedings (civil or criminal) that may consume time needed for VISTA assignments.

VISTA service cannot be used to satisfy service requirements of parole or probation. VISTAs may have additional employment outside of AmeriCorps but this employment should not interfere with the VISTA project. Compensation and Benefits Monthly Stipend: $1850.24 (pretax) per month $6,195 Education Award or $1,800 cash stipend upon successful completion of service.

(By law, only VISTA members who are either: US citizens, US nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens (sometimes referred to as lawful permanent residents ) are eligible to receive an education award. Persons legally residing in a state, but who are not US citizens, US nationals, or lawful permanent residents, are only eligible to receive an end-of-service stipend. ) Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible) Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance Unlimited ORCA (bus) Pass Childcare assistance please let us know if you are interested in this benefits so that we can provide additional information 10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave, 9 federal holidays Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling

Non-competitive eligibility for federal jobs for up to one year after completing service Professional work experience In-service training, skill-building and professional development Family leave please let us know if you anticipate needing extended time off for family/maternity leave so that we can provide additional information To Apply: Create an application on

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