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Equal Justice Works VISTA Legal Fellowships and Community Partnerships

VISTA Leader, Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works seeks a motivated AmeriCorps VISTA Leader to support the work of the AmeriCorps VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) and Tenant Engagement and Development (TECDev) project. The projects work to develop VISTA member positions across the country, including lawyers and community organizers, focused on affordable housing preservation, tenant engagement and community economic development. Leaders are former AmeriCorps VISTA Members who have completed at least one term of full time service and have displayed exceptional leadership and passion for community service. In this full-time national service position, the VISTA Leader will assist VAHPP and TECDev in achieving program goals through expanding and building the capacity of individual VISTA members and service sites. The capacity building, knowledge and skills training for project partners and VISTA members, partnership and resource development, and project evaluation.

Now accepting applications! Applicants should submit an application through the MyAmeriCorps portal. Application deadline is June 23, 2017. 

 

VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP)

The goal of the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) is to preserve, maintain, and improve project-based Section 8 affordable housing across the United States, and is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and AmeriCorps VISTA. The project’s sole grantee, Equal Justice Works manages 45 VISTA Members in the provision of capacity building services for HUD residents through legal support and community organizing. VAHPP offers a great national service opportunity for individuals interested in community lawyering, housing rights, and community development. Qualified candidates are paired with a host site which provides direct supervision for the member throughout their one-year term of service. VISTA members are also administered training and provided with technical assistance by Equal Justice Works and the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) throughout their Fellowships.  

Now recruiting members for the following sites:

  • HOME Line (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Arkansas Community Institute (Little Rock, AR)
  • Cleveland Tenants Organization (Cleveland, OH)
  • Metropolitan Tenants Organization (Chicago, IL)
  • Tenants Union of Washington State (Spokane, Seattle, WA)
  • United Community Housing Coalition (Detroit, MI)
  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid's Building and Strengthening Tenant Action (Austin, TX)
  • Mt. Vernon United Tenants (Mt. Vernon, NY)
  • Texas Tenants' Union (Dallas, TX)
  • Greater Syracuse Tenants Network (Syracuse, NY)
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Chicago, IL)
  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia (Alexandria, VA)
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami (Miami, FL)
  • Housing Justice Center (St. Paul, MN)

Candidates interested in applying for open VAHPP Legal Fellowship should apply online here.

Candidates interested in applying for open VAHPP Community Organizer positions should apply online here.

Candidates can also follow up directly with host sites. A list of both legal and community organizer sites can be found here. If you have any questions about the process, please contact VISTA@equaljusticeworks.org

More information about VISTA living allowances and benefits can be found here.

 

VISTA Tenant Engagement and Community Economic Development Project (TECDev)

Participants in the VISTA Tenant Engagement and Community Economic Development Project (TECDev) will work to assist and create opportunities for residents of Project-Based Section 8 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) properties. Equal Justice Works oversees 45 VISTA Legal Fellows and Community Advocates collaborating to provide capacity building services to their host sites to assist, inform, educate, and engage tenants of RAD properties regarding their rights, responsibilities and options.Qualified candidates are paired with a host site which provides direct supervision for the member throughout their one-year term of service. VISTA members are also administered training and provided with technical assistance by Equal Justice Works.

Now recruiting members for the following sites:

Candidates interested in applying for open TECDev Legal Fellowships should apply online here.

Candidates interested in applying for open TECDev Community Advocate positions should apply online here.

Candidates can also follow up directly with host sites. A list of both legal and community advocate sites can be found here. If you have any questions about the process, or are interested in becoming a host site, please contact VISTA@equaljusticeworks.org

More information about VISTA living allowances and benefits can be found here.