Enterprise is a national nonprofit on a mission to make home and community places of pride, power and belonging for all. To make that possible, we operate the only organization designed to address America’s affordable housing crisis from every angle: we develop and deploy programs and support community organizations on the ground; we advocate for policy on a nonpartisan basis at every level of government; we invest capital to build and preserve rental homes people can afford; and we own, operate and provide resident services for affordable communities. All so that people not only make rent, they build futures. With this end-to-end approach, 40 years of experience and thousands of local partners, Enterprise has built and preserved 793,000 affordable homes, invested $61 billion in communities and changed millions of lives.
The Economic Mobility and Public Housing member will develop and implement housing-based solutions related to affordable housing preservation and community development and enhance the quality of life for the most vulnerable New Yorkers, ensuring that housing can be accessed by this population and used as a platform to connect households to opportunity and resources.
To this end, Enterprise’s Economic Mobility will work with the Most Vulnerable Population and Public Housing team to advance its economic mobility and eviction prevention initiatives. The VISTA research the resources needed and the challenges to housing households with low incomes and connecting them to broader community opportunity and understand the barriers and opportunities to dismantle systemic racism and how people and communities are disadvantaged. The VISTA will also work on projects that will involve design and/or implementation of innovative social service interventions and assist in the implementation of new programs.
The Economic Mobility and Public Housing VISTA member will support the implementation of the economic mobility platform, eviction prevention initiatives, and the preservation of public housing through the following activities:
- Implement, evaluate, and refine a two generation (2Gen), whole-family focused framework for a neighborhood-based service connection model, determining whether and how it can be scaled across New York City neighborhoods.
- Refine and implement an employment-linked job training program, including convening affordable housing and service provider partners to refine pilot model, identifying workforce providers partner to pilot model, and analyzing current market realities.
- Strategize how Enterprise can expand on and/or scale components of its economic mobility platform, including refining programs to be responsive to COVID-19.
Provide ongoing eviction prevention efforts, including the implementation, evaluation, and refinement of Project Parachute – an initiative aimed at helping New Yorkers remain in their home in the wake of Covid-19. Specific activities include, but are not limited to:
- Develop and manage stakeholder relationships, involving non-profit, government, and philanthropic partners.
- Support ongoing evaluation and reporting efforts that inform program evolution and the capture of lessons learned and outcomes from the program’s implementation.
Support stakeholder and resident engagement by supporting capacity building efforts for public housing stakeholders including resident associations, community-based organizations, and advocacy partners for NYCHA communities going through PACT conversions. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, organizing convenings, supporting partnerships with existing stakeholders, and researching program and policy updates.
- Organize and draft materials for affordable and public housing-related stakeholder and resident engagement meetings.
- Collaboratively develop strategies for engaging residents living in affordable and public housing, related to housing stability, asset building, and workforce development.
Coordinate with external housing agencies and partners in managing mobility counseling programs in three municipalities. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
- Organizing program convenings, reviewing compliance with reporting requirements, and researching mobility counseling best practice to support continuous program improvement.
The VISTA should have these skills:
- Detailed oriented
- Project management
- Writing and communications
- Affordable housing interest or experience
- Competence with Microsoft office (Excel skills preferred)
The VISTA position will have responsibilities that will offer a high-level of professional development. S/he will meet with key affordable non-profit, government, and philanthropic stakeholders that provide and support various programs and services. The VISTA will collaborate across various Enterprise departments, including the legal, information technology, innovation, investment departments and the national team.
Education Level: College graduate
This is a yearlong paid position working through the AmeriCorps VISTA program effective August 2, 2021 – August 1, 2022.
If you are interested in learning more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, please attend an “AmeriCorps VISTA: Get the Basics” webinar.
Because of current remote work policies, this position may start remotely. However, candidates are expected to work out of Enterprise’s New York office when it is safe to do so. The annual rate of $20,671 is provided through the VISTA program, as are additional benefits which are outlined in the VISTA Member Handbook https://www.vistacampus.gov/lessons/vista-member-handbook
Enterprise will be offering the following subsides to help support the VISTA salary:
• Housing Subsidy = $678/month
Accepting Applications: Now through 05/28/2021
HOW TO APPLY: If interested, please email your cover letter and resume to Michael Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will need to additionally fill out an application with AmeriCorps VISTA for further consideration during the interview process.