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CapacityCorps_Dutchess County

Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps Application

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County CapacityCorps Application

Rebuilding Together is a housing nonprofit with affiliates in Poughkeepsie, NY, and across the country. Together, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together's local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Visit our website www.rebuildingtogether.org/capacitycorps to learn more.

We are seeking individuals who want to get involved and ensure a safe and healthy home for every person in their community. During a 11 month AmeriCorps term, you'd earn a living stipend of $15,000 and an Education Award of $6,095 upon completion of the term. The term starts in January 16 and ends December 11, 2020.  Capacity building AmeriCorps members with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (also called CapacityCorps) will serve crucial roles; visit our website www.rebuildingtogether.org/capacitycorps to see full position description(s).  We're a great team, doing great work in the community! Join us to make a difference, gain valuable career skills, and earn money for your education!

About Rebuilding Together Dutchess County
Since our founding in 1992, we have partnered with approximately 13,500 volunteers to complete more than 600 home repair projects, investing a market value of $6.6 million into communities throughout Dutchess County. We are proud to be part of the community effort to preserve affordable homeownership. Our efforts impact both low-income homeowners in our community who cannot afford to make necessary repairs to their homes and the larger community as we work to stabilize neighborhoods. The challenges we face in addressing the issues surrounding affordable housing in our community are many:
  • One-third of the households in Dutchess County are at or below 80% of the area median income.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing is considered affordable when it costs no more than 30% of a household's income; and more than 35% of Dutchess County's homeowners are cost-burdened based on this guideline.
  • When individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet, repairs to their homes are often postponed, resulting in health and safety risks and damage to the fabric of the communities in which they are located. If the repairs continue to be deferred, low-income housing stock is lost to the community.
  • The American Red Cross cites home fires as the biggest disaster threat facing American families with deaths and injuries remaining constant over the last 20 years, and certain factors increase one's risk of fire death and injury, including being lowincome, older than 65, or younger than 18. Our experience with serving low-income homeowners who are older adults, individuals living with a disability and families with children supports these findings.

Nearly 100% of the homes we serve do not have adequate smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and many have none. Last year we completed 12 large-scale repairs projects through our Rebuilding Day program one small scale repair projects through our Handyman program, one Community Strong non-profit repair projects and over 130 Home Safety and Fire Prevention projects. In total in 2018, we partnered with over 150 volunteers to complete 144 projects. In 2019, our goal is to complete 125 Home Safety and Fire Prevention projects, 10 Handyman project 15 Rebuilding Day projects and two Community Strong project and our AmeriCorps members will play a large part in that capacity building and growth. One of our focus areas within Dutchess County is the City of Poughkeepsie and in particular the Northside. The Northside of Poughkeepsie is a largely residential area of the City that has the area's highest poverty rates and lowest average incomes. With an aging housing stock and often vacant, blighted homes, the need for new, safe, affordable housing is in high demand. Recently, Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity Dutchess and Hudson River Housing formed the Poughkeepsie Affordable Housing Coalition (PAHC), an innovative partnership designed to address the complex issues connected to affordable housing and inclusive economic development. Working in partnership with the City of Poughkeepsie, the PAHC initiative's priorities include increasing homeownership opportunities and supporting existing homeowners in the city's highly distressed Northside 5th Ward. This position will allow RTDC to continue the Home Safety and Fire Prevention Program and expand our Handyman Program; ultimately allowing our affiliate to provide safe and healthy housing to more of our neighbors.

The overall Home Safety and Fire Prevention Program purpose is to engage volunteers to provide home safety and fire prevention services for low-income homeowners in Dutchess County in order to decrease the risk of fire and fire-related deaths, injuries and property-damage among some of the most vulnerable residents of our community. The AmeriCorps members will focus on homeowner outreach, application intake, volunteer recruitment and training, and project planning and implementation. With an AmeriCorps member, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will be well-positioned to continue to deliver a sustainable program that addresses a critical unmet need in our community and increase our capacity to deliver this program to additional homeowners. It will also allow us to continue to build relationships with partners and individuals in our target areas. A key component of this program is the ability to assess other needs a homeowner may have and provide additional services such as home repair and safety and accessibility modifications typically provided through our Rebuilding Day and Handyman programs and then assist with the coordination of these services.

Thanks again for your interest in serving with Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps and making a difference in the homes and lives of people in your community.  If you have any questions about the program or technical difficulties with the application, please email me at spatterson@rebuildingtogether.org.

Have a great week,

Stacy

Stacy Patterson
Manager, National Service Programs
Rebuilding Together
spatterson@rebuildingtogether.org
Basic Applicant Information
Veteran / Active Duty / Military Family Status *This question is required.
2. How did you first find out about this available AmeriCorps position with Rebuilding Together? *This question is required.
Skills, Experience, and Education
3. Please upload a copy of your resume.  We are interested in learning more about your work, volunteer, and education background.  If you have experience that doesn't fit in a standard resume, or is better conveyed through essay format, there is space below to add more detail. *This question is required.
References
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7. Reference #2 *This question is required.
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Eligibility

As a federal program, AmeriCorps has set a few basic criteria for eligibility.  
Please answer the following questions about your eligibility: *This question is required.
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Are you a US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent resident?
Will you be 18 or older before the first day of the AmeriCorps term?
Please describe your current education status.  Note: in order to be eligible to serve in AmeriCorps, you must either have a high school diploma / GED or agree to seek your high school diploma / GED during your AmeriCorps term. *This question is required.
8. You are applying for an AmeriCorps position with Rebuilding Together.  The living stipend for the entire term is $15,000 and an Education Award of $6,095 upon completion of the term. *This question is required.