REPORTS TO: Senior Program Coordinator – Monitoring and Technical Assistance
STATUS: AmeriCorps VISTA
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois
ABOUT ALL CHICAGO:
All Chicago’s mission is to unite our community and resources to provide solutions that ensure and sustain the stability of home. 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. In addition, we provide trainings, workshops, research, and analysis to help our partners apply proven strategies to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago even more effectively. Learn more at www.allchicago.org.
All Chicago partners with 44 agencies who provide housing directly to people experiencing homelessness in Chicago. This role will directly support the compliance, audits, and technical assistance activities that All Chicago, the Continuum of Care Collaborative Applicant for Chicago, performs with these housing partners. Monitoring is a key element to ensuring partners provide quality housing and supportive services to people who have experienced homelessness. The VISTA member will assist with increasing All Chicago’s monitoring and technical assistance capacity by providing support with reviewing and evaluating policies and practices. The VISTA member’s support and feedback will contribute to system improvements that will help participants remain stably housed and avoid returning to homelessness.
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.
The VISTA member will conduct 3-4 agency audits with support from the CoC Program Team. The audits involve evaluating policies, files, data entry, and assessments. The VISTA member will assist with completing audit reports, researching regulations and best practices, and developing at least 3 technical assistance (TA) articles for publication on All Chicago’s website. Additionally, the VISTA member will provide written feedback for All Chicago and the monitoring workgroup by suggesting practices that will increase efficiency, effectiveness and capacity for ongoing monitoring and TA.
The ideal candidate will have skills and experience researching and evaluating policies and procedures. This experience could have been gained in a volunteer, employment, or academic setting. Important attributes include attention to detail, written communication skills, and critical thinking.
Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to preventing and ending homelessness in Chicago and will have the following:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree or experience.
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 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.
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 Summer 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: $1,289
Cash Stipend Award: $345
Forbearance or Deferment of Student Loan Payments While in Service:
Apply 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%.
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