Opportunity Center for the Homeless - El Paso, Texas
Full-time ▲ $990 a month (living allowance) ▲ End of year stipend or education award
Project Details: The Texas Homeless Network (THN) works to provide solutions to end homelessness in Texas communities through education, resources and advocacy. Currently, THN has VISTA members placed throughout the state working on capacity building and program development to assist communities in ending homelessness. The goal of this VISTA project is to promote housing stability for chronically homeless individuals by developing resources and programs that improves access to housing and securing or increasing income. The VISTA member will utilize evidence-based practices like the Housing First model to inform and guide program development.
The project will be located at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless in El Paso, TX. The Opportunity Center’s long history of program and supportive services to the homeless began in 1994 with the opening of the 24/7 Emergency Night Shelter, the first of its kind in the city of El Paso. It has expanded to include three homeless shelters (adult men, adult women, families), and seven residential centers for the elderly, single women, individuals with mental health issues, veterans, and men and women in school/work programs.
Position Responsibilities: The VISTA member(s) activities include: 1.) Research evidence-based practices in homeless and housing services, including the Housing First model. 2.) Research educational and training programs in the area to strengthen resource information and identify gaps in services. 3.) Collect information about gaps in services at the organization. 4.) Collaborate with Program Coordinator to identify programmatic needs and priorities. 5.) Assist in the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices that focus on housing stability and increasing income. 6.) Assist in the coordination of career planning and job search activities. 7.) Educate community partners about programs and evidence-based strategies being utilized. 8.) Attend and participate in community meetings and events that focus on ending homelessness. 9.) Identify funding needs for program sustainability.
Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's degree. Experience in homeless services, project management, and/or nonprofit organizations. Bilingual.
*For consideration, all applicants must complete the online application on the AmeriCorps website:
- Resource Development / Management
- People Skills
- Project Management
- Relationship Building
- Professional Development
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Full time, year of service