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Macomb Community Action
21885 Dunham Road, Suite 10, Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 469-6999

AmeriCorps Job Opportunity with Macomb Community Action

 

Host Site:                    Macomb Community Action
Position Title:             Housing Search and Information Specialist AmeriCorps Member
Position Type:            Half-Time
Duration of Term:     October 8, 2018 – October 4, 2019

The deadline to apply for this position is August 10, 2018

Important Details:

a. AmeriCorps Members will receive a living stipend of $7,269 paid bi-weekly.
b. Members will receive an Educational Award of $2,960 upon successful completion of service.
c. AmeriCorps members are not considered employees of the program, the host site, nor of the government.

 

Program Objectives:

Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness (CTEH) AmeriCorps Program will support service providers by increasing their capacity to offer assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals and families. Specifically, the AmeriCorps members in the CTEH program will provide services that will increase an individual’s self-sufficiency in the area of income and life skills.

 

Classification:

According to the National and Community Service Act of 1990, AmeriCorps members are not considered employees of the agency where they serve, nor are they employees of the program or the federal government. As such, members cannot engage in activities performed by employees of the host agency or otherwise displace employees.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Housing Search and Information Specialist Position:

  • Assist with intakes to assess the housing needs of that client
  • Address housing barriers for the client
  • Assist in locating affordable housing for program participants and in the area of participants’ choice
  • Receive training for/conduct Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and other housing; inspect units using the Habitability Checklist
  • Maintain/develop relationships with local landlords
  • Create/update lists of available housing for the clients to choose from
  • Under supervision, will develop a plan to recruit landlords to work with our program
  • “Sell” our program to landlords by emphasizing landlords’ benefits
  • Recruit and cultivate relationships with landlords and property management companies
  • Identify incentives to engage and convince landlords to rent to homeless individuals/families
  • Work with agency’s staff/supervisor on identifying potential funding sources to support landlord incentives
  • Establish a landlord advisory group in Macomb County so landlords can be introduced to our programs and to discuss fears about accepting our clients and what it would take to get them to change their minds
  • Attend meetings of local landlord organizations
  • Mediate with landlords or connect tenants to assistance with mediation services
  • Provide tenant counseling and education to program participants on their rights and responsibilities as tenants

 

Additional Member Activities:

  • Recruit and train a minimum of 20 volunteers during the term of service
  • Attend member orientation, monthly CTEH conference calls, webinars, and other events related to CTEH service
  • Attend Michigan’s AmeriCorps Member Celebration
  • Attend Michigan’s AmeriCorps Signature Service Project
  • Attend the program’s orientation, regional, mid-year, and end-of-year trainings
  • Plan and implement a service project which helps to address homelessness in their community
  • Submit quarterly reports by the appropriate deadlines with all necessary information

 

Desired Skills:

  • Willingness to learn
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively speak, write and understand the English language
  • Ability to work with a diverse population
  • Ability to interact with clients and landlords in a friendly, approachable, and professional manner
  • Familiar with Macomb County’s demographics
  • Ability to prioritize work, works in an efficient and organized manner and shows problem-solving skills
  • Ability to plan, facilitate, and conduct presentations on topics related to landlords and tenants

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or a lawful, permanent resident of the U.S. and provide a copy of a birth certificate, passport or permanent resident card to prove citizenship
  • Have completed some college or comparable work experience
  • Must be able to complete a full term of service (one year)
  • Pass the following criminal history checks in accordance with CTEH National Service Criminal History Check policy: State of Michigan, DHS Central Registry Clearance, FBI fingerprinting, and National Sex Offender Registry
  • Have a car or can arrange reliable transportation to and from service site, multiple mandatory training sessions in Lansing, and travel on behalf of the site
  • Possess proficiency in word processing software and email
  • Be able to interact respectfully with individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds

 

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Macomb Community Action – Sama Harp at mca@macombgov.org and to Kelli Beavers, program director, at kbeavers@mihomeless.org by August 10, 2018.

 

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