REGIONAL EDUCATION and OUTREACH
HOMEOWNERSHIP PRESERVATION INITIATIVE
(One AmeriCorps VISTA member position available in Syracuse, NY, and one AmeriCorps VISTA member position available in Ithaca, NY. Both positions require a significant amount of travel throughout the Southern Tier and Central NY.)
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) aims to build, preserve and protect affordable housing and increase homeownership across the state. A critical source of affordable homeownership opportunities in New York are manufactured home parks. Yet these communities are seeing a decline in affordability, speculative investment by large financial institutions and degrading conditions due to age and deferred maintenance.
HCR’s new Homeownership Preservation Initiative (HPI) aims to strengthen community knowledge of affordable homeownership resources made available to manufactured home park owners and their residents. The HPI is in partnership with the NYS Neighborhood and Rural Preservation Programs (N/RPP). New York is proud to pave the way towards leading the nation in preservation of its housing stock.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions.
VISTA members will work in the office of a selected preservation company in either Rochester, Poughkeepsie, Ithaca, Syracuse/Auburn area, or HCR’s Albany office. VISTA members will gain valuable field and office experiences and significant travel will be required in a designated region of the state.
VISTA members will play an important role in the HPI by tracking manufactured home park sales and park conditions. This will be done, primarily, by researching online ads, cold calling brokers and park owners, and speaking with residents and community stakeholders about living conditions. VISTA members will also conduct outreach to residents and prospective residents of manufactured home parks, as well as to other industry players by distributing promotional materials, hosting and attending informational meetings.
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Training to understand mortgage financing and government assistance, as well as networking with preservation company staff and other housing industry players, will set VISTA members up for a successful career in community development.
While in service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Members also have the option to receive either an Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or an end-of-service cash stipend after successfully completing a term of service. In addition, HCR, in partnership with the preservation company host-sites, will provide grocery store cards in the amount of $200 a month throughout the service.
AmeriCorps VISTA members must be at least 18 years of age and must be either a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States. Each member makes a year-long, fulltime commitment to serve at a specific project.
AmeriCorps VISTA members must have a personal car that they can use for work-related travel during their service. Reimbursements for all work-related travel will be provided by HCR and in partnership with the preservation company host-sites.
To Apply: Go to my.americorps.gov and then click on “search listings”.