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Outreach Specialist AmeriCorps Member

Outreach Specialist AmeriCorps Member

Overview:

AmeriCorps members play a vital role by adding more capacity to our programs so we can accomplish all the goals we’ve set as an organization. Our AmeriCorps member will work alongside our Outreach Team providing housing information and support to neighbors experiencing homelessness. This AmeriCorps program is managed by the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH). MCAH is an inclusive statewide voice to improve systems and support communities to prevent and end homelessness in a way that leaves no one behind.

Duration of Term: 1-year (September 30th, 2024 - September 29th, 2025)

Host Site: Community Action House

Reports to (daily): AmeriCorps Host Site Supervisor - Housing Access Program Manager

Reports to (overall): MCAH Assistant Program Director - Eric Krogsrud ekrogsrud@mihomeless.org 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

-  Conduct intakes for the Michigan State Homeless Management Information System (MSHMIS) screen process 

-  Maintain regular contact with other local service providers to make appropriate referrals for clients 

-  Provide housing information and access to services to those on the streets and not engaged in care 

-  Link/coordinate with resource specialists for housing resources 

-  Gather and disperse food and clothing donations to clients 

-  Link and provide information to mainstream services and benefits (Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, Section 8, TANF, etc.) 

-  Generate information materials for clients, such as newsletters/pamphlets/etc. 

-  Provide follow-up services to Outreach clients

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 

-  Must be able to complete a full term of service (one year) 

-  Pass the following criminal history checks in accordance with MCAH’s National Service Criminal History Check policy: State of Michigan, State of Residence (if applicable), FBI fingerprinting, and National Sex Offender Public Registry 

-  Can arrange reliable transportation to and from service site, multiple mandatory training sessions in Lansing, and travel on behalf of site 

-  Possess proficiency with word processing software and email 

-  Be able to interact respectfully with individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds 

Compensation:

-  A stipend totaling $21,000 for Full-Time, paid bi-weekly over the course of the service year 

-  Upon successful completion of the term, an education award, $7,395 for Full-Time, which can be used towards qualified student loans

-  Health insurance, provided for by the AmeriCorps program, for full time members only


To be considered for the role, applicants must submit an application via the Community Action House website, and submit an application via the MCAH AmeriCorps website.

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