Reports to

Coordinated Entry Director

Job Summary

The VISTA member will coordinate the provision of homeless service resources with the goal to engage local and regional stakeholders in the mission to end homelessness in suburban Cook County.

Housing Forward’s mission is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability.  Founded in 1992, Housing Forward has been a safety net for those that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We are committed to providing inventive crisis resolutions while working with likely and unconventional stakeholders to find innovative, structural solutions. In 2015, we broadened our focus and strengthened our partnerships in leading Entry Point, a coordinated effort that standardizes and expedites the process for those needing resources and services in suburban Cook County.

The VISTA member will be critical in coordinating the provision of these resources more efficiently and effectively. With the goal to engage local and regional stakeholders in the mission to end homelessness in suburban Cook County, the VISTA will act as a bridge with community stakeholders.  The ideal candidate has passion to work with others to improve the wellbeing of people in our society, enthusiasm to develop new skills and dedication to achieve their goals.  The ideal candidate will have comfort interacting with new people and the ability to work independently and with group projects.

This position is a part of the Housing Action VISTA Network, which is an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive expert training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program at Housing Action’s website.

Deadline to Apply: June, 15, 2019

Submit an application through the AmeriCorps Portal posting and/or send cover letter, resume, and two references via email to:



Job Responsibilities

  1. Enhance community outreach and engagement processes for Entry Point education and resources in order to improve connection to resources for households experiencing or at-risk of becoming homeless.
  2. Organize educational events for community stakeholders.
  3. Design, implement and maintain website communications plan that includes regular community and provider newsletters/blogs, training resources and links to social media.
  4. Implement process to keep track of the highest need communities and help ensure street outreach teams are engaged and connected to resources in those areas


Minimum Qualifications

Housing Action Illinois does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, VISTA Members, vendors, subcontractors, volunteers, and clientele.

Applicants need to be over 18 years old when they start their AmeriCorps VISTA service and must have one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens, or persons legally residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. By law, only VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens—sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”—are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award.  All other members will receive an end of service cash stipend. There is no upper age limit to apply to AmeriCorps VISTA. (source)

VISTA will periodically need to drive to meet with community stakeholders throughout suburban Cook County so access to a car will be required.


Hours of Work

Start Date:  August 19, 2019

Gross Bi-Weekly Living Allowance:  $542.22

Choice between two End-of-Service Awards:

  • Segal Education Award: $5,920
  • Cash Stipend Award: $1,800

Forbearance/Deferment of Student Loan Payments while in service: More Info  here.

Non-Competitive Eligibility Status: More Info  here.

Healthcare Allowance:  More info here.

10 Personal and 10 Medical Leave Days

Link to all benefits of service.