This position is through the AmeriCorps program; whose mission is to come together to tackle our nation's most pressing challenges. At Housing Forward, the AmeriCorps volunteer will be working with the Medical Respite and Families in Transitions Program.
Assisting in initial intake for the program
Use trauma informed and LGBTQ+ competent engagement techniques to build rapport with clients
Screen for basic client needs and provide resources in response
Possible transportation of clients
Work with clients on determining goals
Provide crisis intervention services
Enter client information into HMIS (Homeless Management Information System)
Ensure client information remains confidential
Maintain and submit important documentation
Other duties as assigned
AmeriCorps Program Benefits
Living Allowance: $7,600 annually distributed bi-weekly
Education Award: Upon successful completion of 900 hours of service, receive an $3,097.50 education award
Student Loan: forbearance during term of service
Health and dental care insurance for the AmeriCorps member
Childcare assistance if needed
Networking sessions and professional development
Leadership development trainings
Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, and are required to have a GED or High School Diploma. Bachelor's degree in Social Work or related field preferred.
Housing Forward's mission is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability.
Since 1992, we have transformed the lives of more than 11,000 people by helping them meet their immediate housing and crisis needs, addressing their health and income needs and transitioning them back to housing stability. Today, we’re having long-term impact on the communities of west suburban Cook County by 1.) preventing the loss of housing before it occurs, 2.) alleviating the need for long-term shelter, 3.) moving people into sustainable permanent housing solutions and 4.) improving housing retention.