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Santa Barbara County AmeriCorps Partnership and Northern Santa Barbara County United Way
In Santa Barbara County, on any given night, there are over 1,860 individuals experiencing homelessness. We know it is a problem. It is our privilege to fight to house the people in our county.
The Santa Barbara County AmeriCorps Partnership members commit to their time to ending homelessness and serving veterans throughout Santa Barbara County.
We support veterans!
The Best of America
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that aim to improve lives and fostering civic engagement. AmeriCorps members volunteer to address critical community needs like increasing mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.
To learn more about the national program, click here.
Home For Good: Everyone deserves a home for good.
Home For Good is supported by NSBC United Way and supports the Coordinated Entry System.
Home for Good Santa Barbara County Resources
(Standard Intakes, VI-SPDATs, ROIs, etc.)
Forms and Handouts
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department for ongoing and current updates on Covid-19 in Santa Barbara County.
Santa Barbara County Housing and Community Development for national and local information and resources.
We are now recruiting for the 2021-2022 term!
For more info please email: Lyiam@LiveUnitedSBC.Org
AmeriCorps Outreach Provider
As an Outreach Provider, members provide street outreach, housing placement, and housing retention support to people experiencing homelessness. Services are focused on principles of “Housing First,” choice and empowerment, collaborative case management, use of evidence-based practices, appropriate interventions for each target population, and are recovery-oriented.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities: The following reflects the program's definition of duties and responsibilities for this position but does not restrict the duties and responsibilities that may be assigned.
- Street outreach to people experiencing homelessness.
- Help clients set long-term housing goals and connect with wraparound services.
- Provide information about local resources.
- Housing placement/retention support to recently housed individuals and families to include:
- Accessing community resources and referrals to maintain permanent housing.
- Assist with enrollment in applicable benefits and attend eligibility meetings.
- Assist with VISPDAT assessments and supporting Coordinated Entry efforts (once implemented).
- Assist with data entry into case management systems and reporting requirements as necessary.
- Participate in volunteer recruitment and coordination.
- Partner with local agencies training as needed and required by the program.
Computers, tablets, scanners, copiers, telephones, and other general office equipment.
CONTACTS WITH OTHERS
Member will have regular contact with unhoused individuals, veterans, and families. As well as the general public,social service agencies, social workers, government agency representatives, business representatives, members of the community, fellow members, and program staff.
Member will have access to personal protected information about beneficiaries and are required to comply with HIPPA guidelines.
While in this position members will typically spend time sitting, standing, climbing stairs, walking, driving, carrying(25 lbs.), lifting (25lbs.), bending stooping, kneeling. Operating a computer keyboard, firm/strong grasping, and repetitive hand control. Able to complete all forms in personal writing. Makes and receives telephone calls. Use of copier, fax machine. Frequently subjected to outside environmental conditions when performing street outreach.
These physical demands are not and should not be construed to be position qualification standards but are illustrated to help SBC AmeriCorps and the member identify where reasonable accommodations may need to be considered.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
• Computer skills with online meetings and different email applications.
• Able to work independently; work as a member of a team, and work effectively with other community agencies in the best interest of the beneficiary, agency, and organization.
• Exercises mature judgment.
• Maintain a regular attendance
• Must maintain and execute confidential information.
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities.
• Good problem solving and conflict resolution skills
• Must embody the mission and vision of the organization.
• Must have good oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with diverse populations.
• Must follow appropriate legal and ethical professional conduct.
• Ability to stand 50% of the time includes walking around.
EDUCATION AND REQUIREMENTS
- Requires High School diploma or GED; or ability to obtain one during the service year.
- Complete and pass a background check.
- A valid driver’s license and reliable insured transportation- useful, but not required.
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