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AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member - Healthy Housing Coordinator

Catholic Charities, Portland, OR, USA 97202

Job - Other

Close Date: 08/10/2020

AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member Opportunity

Healthy Housing Coordinator

Housing and Homeless Services/Executive Team

Full Time Position (1-yr service period: 8/4/19-8/4/20)

NOTE: Applicants must apply via the AmeriCorps website:

As an affordable housing developer/provider and social service agency with statewide reach, Catholic Charities of Oregon is uniquely positioned to reduce homelessness throughout the state through strategic housing development and coordinated social services delivery. Catholic Charities of Oregon has been selected as one of five cities nationally to participate in a health/housing initiative in which the Catholic Charities branch will partner with Catholic Charities USA, local healthcare providers (Providence Health System) and the Archdiocese. The goals of the initiative include reducing chronic homelessness, reducing hospital readmission, and connecting those housed with health/mental health care. The overall strategy of the initiative is to convert unused or vacant church properties for supportive housing projects within parish communities. In Portland, that will involve partnering with parishes to build on their property or repurpose existing buildings that are not in use to provide permanent supportive housing options for the chronically homeless. In addition to providing housing stability, the initiative will help those served to become self-sufficient through access to financial empowerment services, employment or income assistance and participation in mental and physical health services. The proposal is projected to decrease hospital readmission rates for the newly-housed individuals by at least 50 percent, and connect 100 percent of them with primary health care and behavioral health services within 5 years. The VISTA will have an integral role in developing tools and assessments of the potential housing sites, and developing and managing the parish outreach and engagement strategies that will ensure we identify and secure the partners needed to launch and implement the initiative.

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will be supporting the Healthy Housing Initiative team by designing and implementing tools (such as an interactive map, engagement strategy plans, and communications templates) to support the launch of the five-year housing initiative. The AmeriCorps member will also provide project coordination support across the three strategic partners: Catholic Charities of Oregon (CCO), Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon (ADP), and Providence Health and Services (all together, Partnership). The Housing Development Assistant will focus on logistics and systems support and development alongside community engagement and communication around housing and service aspects of the initiative.

Develop (with other CCO staff) and document a community/parish engagement process and plan that can be shared with CCUSA and others developing land owned by faith-based institutions.
Liaise with partners at the Archdiocese of Portland to procure available parish property records.
Liaise with partners at Providence to procure facility, service, and program information relevant to the project.
Research and input relevant and appropriate zoning information about available parish properties (other information to consider, parking, access to public transportation, proximity to schools, etc.)
Assist Housing Development staff and project partners in developing and refining organizational standards for trauma-informed design to be incorporated in new housing developments and/or existing CCO affordable housing properties.
Assist in developing and refining map tools for assessing parish or other properties and related site attributes desirable for potential site development.
Identify existing services provided at parishes where development may occur and documenting alignment with housing/service needs.
Create presentation/handout materials for community engagement activities.
Coordinate Steering Committee, sub-committee, and stakeholder meetings, providing attendees with an agenda and minutes.
Develop and maintain a Healthy Housing shared calendar.
As properties for acquisition/development are identified, assist in preparation of non-federal funding applications & MOUs.
Create/manage data collection and documentation of progress toward Health/Housing initiative goals.
Attend all appropriate meetings, including weekly team
Adherence to Catholic Charities policies and
Perform other duties as assigned as the program and initiative evolves.

Bachelor's degree in communications, urban planning, architecture, or business or related field; or equivalent work experience required.
Prior non-profit or housing development experience preferred.
English proficiency Demonstrated fluency in a second language is a plus.
Experience with community engagement, networking, and
Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong proficiency in Microsoft Office
Experience working with design tools like Adobe, Canva or others.
Experience with mapping platforms or GIS preferred.
Demonstrate judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential matters and strong analytical and strategic problem-solving
Must be able to organize and prioritize work, be proactive, take initiative, follow through, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely High attention to detail required.
Willingness to learn new skills and take on new
Ability to work well in team setting, as well as independently; be flexible and adapt well to different dynamics in a fast paced work
Ability to work a flexible schedule, which could include some evenings and
Ability to support organizational and program specific mission and
Successful completion of civil, criminal and/or motor vehicle background

This is a full time, 1 year, service opportunity (8/4/2019-8/4/2020);
The Healthy Housing Assistant is expected to be present from 9:00am-5:30pm during the work week and occasionally some weekend/evening availability (35-40 /week).

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TO APPLY: Please submit your application, resume and cover letter at:


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