All Chicago prevents and ends homelessness through emergency financial assistance, community partnerships, data analytics, and training and research. Through our Community Partnerships program, we serve as the backbone of Chicago’s city-wide response to homelessness. We partner with 44 agencies and lead them through a year-round research, evaluation, strategic planning, and federal funding application process. Learn more at allchicago.org.
The Diversion Program Coordinator VISTA is a key member of the Program team. The Diversion Program Coordinator VISTA has the primary responsibility to expand services that divert individuals away from the homeless system, helping them either to exit homelessness or prevent entry into homelessness. The Diversion Program Coordinator VISTA will coordinate activities to improve and expand diversion activities among our partner organizations, including SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR), Eviction Diversion, and access to employment resources.
This position is a part of the Housing Action VISTA Network, which is an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive expert training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program at Housing Action’s website.
SOAR-Related Activities – 60%
Improve and expand SOAR provider capacity-building activities through executing 1 provider feedback activity to gain further insight into needed SOAR activities (e.g. survey or focus group).
Plan quarterly peer-to-peer SOAR workshops.
Facilitate quarterly SSI/SSDI & SOAR 101 trainings for service providers.
Lead or co-lead semiannual SOAR Online Course Cohorts to train service providers in SOAR model.Develop sustainability plan for service provider SOAR support activities.
Develop and implement SOAR monitoring process and create system-wide SOAR outcomes dashboard.
Eviction Prevention Activities – 40%
Develop effective and appropriate policies and procedures to implement system wide access to Eviction and Family Diversion programs and resources.
Analyze and evaluate data collected from the Eviction and Family Diversion programs.
Develop a feedback survey for people being served through the Eviction Diversion project and oversee the implementation of this feedback survey.
Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to preventing and ending homelessness in Chicago and will have the following:
Excellent professional writing and verbal communications skills.
Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
Strong work ethic and integrity.
Goal-oriented and results-driven.
Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, professional presence, and ability to interact with a diverse audience.
Passion for inclusivity and diversity, and interest in being part of a multicultural team.
If a candidate is selected, they must complete the necessary CNCS paperwork and Americorps Portal Application must be correctly completed and submitted to Housing Action Illinois, and the candidate must accept our offer of the position through the Americorps Portal.
Work place is a smoke- and drug-free environment.
Intermittent travel to off-site locations required.
Position requires frequent and regular computer and phone use.
This position requires attendance during regular business hours from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Occasional night and weekend hours are required a few times a year.
All Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. All Chicago does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. All Chicago is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.
AmeriCorps VISTA Associate Benefits:
Gross Bi-Weekly Living Allowance:
Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties: $542.22.
All Other Counties: $472.22
Choice between two End-of-Service Awards:
Segal Education Award: $5,920
Cash Stipend Award: $1,800
Apply on online with Resume and Cover Letter.
Note: If a candidate is selected, they must complete the necessary CNCS paperwork and Americorps Portal Application must be correctly completed and submitted to Housing Action Illinois, and the candidate must accept our offer of the position through the Americorps Portal.
About All Chicago Making Homelessness History
On any given night, nearly 6,000 Chicagoans don’t have a place to call home. Tens of thousands more are just one unexpected setback away from joining them. Together, we can ensure that all our neighbors have stable homes. All Chicago collaboratively addresses the complex issue of homelessness through our four signature approaches.
The Emergency Fund provides critical financial assistance to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness or another serious emergency. We quickly provide payments on a person’s behalf for things like rent, utilities, or even bus passes.
2016 Impact: We served 3,195 households, including more than 1,350 children, with $2.7 million. 94% of clients surveyed reported being housed at the time of follow up, and 88% of clients surveyed reported that the financial assistance resolved their crisis.
Continuum of Care
The Continuum of Care is a membership group that strategizes and plans a coordinated, comprehensive approach to providing housing and services for people experiencing homelessness. We drive Chicago’s city-wide response to homelessness by providing leadership to Chicago’s Continuum of Care through a year-round ...research, evaluation, strategic planning, and federal funding application process.
2016 Impact: We secured $65 million in federal funding for 164 projects and staffed 20 stakeholder committees. Overall, Chicago’s homelessness decreased 13% from 2015 to 2016.
Homeless Management Information System
We manage the Homeless Management Information System database, which contains local data on people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness and the services they receive. We ensure data quality by supporting more than 900 individual users at 89 partner agencies with training, reports, and helpdesk services.
2016 Impact: We analyzed and disseminated the data to drive discussion, set strategy, and make policy and funding decisions on the federal and local levels. The data is a critical component of the Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative, which has housed more than 2,300 veterans since 2015.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center provides trainings, workshops, tools, and research to help our partners apply proven strategies to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago even more effectively.
2016 Impact: We hosted 42 trainings for more than 900 attendees on topics such as Legal Issues for Homeless Youth. We participated in Notre Dame’s research study proving that emergency financial assistance lowers instances of homelessness by 76%.