Salt Lake County’s AmeriCorps MVP Program places AmeriCorps members in community agencies who serve individuals and
families who are, or have been, homeless. Many of them have lived on
streets or in refugee camps for years. They often have challenges with
and substance abuse. Because they have been, or
County’s AmeriCorps MVP Program is Economic Opportunity.
One goal is helping
individuals who are homeless get into safe, decent affordable
housing and maintain their housing (housing stability). The other major goal is to improve the economic condition of
individuals and families by providing
activities that increase employable skills, help in securing
employment and to
access mainstream services which
increase client assets and
personal financial worth. To help with
these efforts, AmeriCorps MVP members will also work to recruit volunteers who can provide services and
resources to individuals and
families in the area of economic opportunity.
The program first became
operational in 1994 and has expanded over time, with over 80,000
members participating annually as of 2012. AmeriCorps engages
adults in public service work with the goal of "helping others while
meeting critical needs in the community." AmeriCorps
State and National members engage in direct service activities, such as after-school
tutoring or assisting the homeless community, and capacity-building activities,
such as volunteer recruitment, for the organizations they serve.
AmeriCorps State and National is the largest of the AmeriCorps
programs. AmeriCorps State operates through
Service Commissions in each state. Members
are provided a modest financial compensation in the form of cost-of-living allowances; referred to
as a “living stipend” up to $17, 250; Proof of Healthcare reimbursement
up to $100 per month if eligible and participation, paid Student Loan Deferment, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Child Care Assistance if needed, and
the AmeriCorps Education Award. Less tangible but rewarding benefits
include professional skill development and work experience. An internal
study found that participation in AmeriCorps strengthened civic attitudes and
Members commit to full-time
positions offered and after successfully completing their
term of service, AmeriCorps State and National members may receive the
Education Award of up to $5,815. The Education Award can pay for additional
college, graduate school courses, or it can pay off existing qualifying federal
student loans. Full-time members are required to commit to a full year service
agreement and complete a “minimum” of 1,700 service hours.
Submit an Application
Housing placement: identify individuals and
families in need of
Interview clients to assess the type and need for housing. Record
client information for tracking
in the agency data base. Provide clients with information on housing
opportunities. Explain the rules and requirements of housing. Work with
landlords to identify housing
opportunities. Provide assistance to help clients find, prepared applications and move into housing.
Housing stability: Visit clients on a regular
basis to assess housing stability. Develop working relationships with
clients. Develop an individualized
client self-sufficiency plan
with goals. Based on
assessments of client needs, refer clients to appropriate agencies for
additional services such
mental health, substance abuse, public assistance, transportation
other supportive services. Communicate
with property management staff to identify and reduce client problems. Act as an advocate for clients.
Provide opportunities for clients to interact with others to foster healthy relationships and
an overall positive housing experience through workshops, holiday celebrations, exercise groups, trips to local venues, trainings, etc.
Employment: Develop and
provide opportunities for clients to gain additional skills and
abilities to become employed. Prepare employment assessments and employment plans. Discuss short and
term goals for employment.
with gathering information
resumes. Engage in one on
one job coaching. Provide internet training opportunities for trainings to learn how to do job
and locate appropriate employment opportunities for clients. Arrange and/or escort clients to
potential places of employments. Promote and
conduct workshops, classes and
programs on employment related
Data and record
keeping: Create and
individual client files and records for each client served and
enter data on activities provided.
Provide information on
services provided for quarterly reports
that reflect activities provided
in the areas of housing, employment and
access to mainstream services.
Develop a system to track
unduplicated numbers of clients served.
Access mainstream services:
Perform or use data from
client assessments to determine additional
needs to maintain
housing and/or secure employment. Based on
assessment data refer clients to other
services such as mental health, substance abuse, public assistance, social
security disability, etc. Follow up on
referrals. Work directly with
clients in filling out paper work or attending meetings
with client to become eligible for services. Act as an advocate for clients. Manage an
active caseload of clients seeking mainstream services.
Volunteer activities: Assist in the recruiting of volunteers and
donated resources to help clients in their housing and
Assist in the management of volunteers to provide services to
clients. Organize meaningful activities for clients that volunteers can provide. Develop
systems to track
number of volunteers recruited
the hours of
volunteer service provided.
Training: Participate in
agency training activities to increase knowledge and skills
in delivering client services.
Attend AmeriCorps orientation and
training sessions as required. Participate in monitoring visits of the sites by County staff. Participate with
other AmeriCorps members in
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