VISTA Strong Communities, a cohort overseen by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), is seeking a VISTA Candidate to work with Community Solutions, a national nonprofit that helps communities end homelessness and the conditions that create it. Community Solutions co-developed the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, a 124-unit affordable housing development with 77 units of permanent supportive housing (PSH) for formerly homeless individuals. At the Conway Residence, Community Solutions is dedicated to helping formerly homeless residents thrive in their permanent home by coordinating wraparound supportive services and providing on-site social programming. The VISTA will empower residents to create and implement peer-led initiatives that will bolster resident and staff capacity and increase resident satisfaction, health, and well-being. To learn more about VISTA Strong Communities, visit www.cnhed.org/ready-to-serve.
The VISTA will empower residents to create and implement peer-led initiatives that will bolster resident and staff capacity and increase resident satisfaction, health, and well-being. The VISTA will be required to complete the following tasks over the course of their service: 1) engage and build trust with residents, 2) research peer-leadership best practices and their relevance at Conway, 3) collaborate with residents and staff to determine which initiatives to pursue, 4) identify, engage, and train resident peer-leaders, 5) aid peer-leaders in creating, implementing, and monitoring initiatives, 6) create a sustainability plan for each initiative and processes for implementing new initiatives in the future.