We are currently recruiting for 2018-2019 full-year AmeriCorps VISTAs as part of the Housing Action Illinois VISTA Network. Listed below are the host site organizations where each position is located and a brief description of the VISTA project. Please click on the individual links for the full description and to apply. Email our VISTA Leaders if you have questions or would like more information about joining our VISTA Network.


2018-2019 Full-Year VISTA Positions

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to end poverty, and our full-year VISTA members commit to serve communities across Illinois full-time for a year. They fill a wide variety of roles, but all are aimed at ending poverty and helping communities by expanding and improving the availability of decent, affordable, accessible housing in Illinois.

All Chicago
The SOAR Program Coordinator will collaborate with the community to elevate Chicago’s capacity to deliver SOAR services, increasing access to disability benefits for those experiencing homelessness.

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County
The Alliance is seeking a VISTA to help support our work to end homelessness in suburban Cook County by organizing the 2019 Point in Time Count and increasing our resource development capacity.

Center for Changing Lives (Position filled)
CCL’s Outreach and Engagement Coach plays an integral role providing access to economic opportunities to low income households by engaging CCL and community members in services, events and workshops.

Champaign Habitat for Humanity (Position filled)
The Volunteer Coordinator will develop, document, and implement a sustainable volunteer program for Habitat for the Humanity of Champaign County ReStore

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (Position filled)
We organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness, because we believe housing is a human right in a just society.

Chicago Rehab Network (Position filled)
VISTA will act in a project management capacity to address the need for increased advocacy and knowledge about affordable housing by increasing the scope and impact of CRN’s community resources.

City of Evanston
Do you believe that decent, affordable housing is a human right, regardless of income? If you answered yes, then the City of Evanston has an excellent opportunity for you.

Garfield Park Community Council
Join us in our efforts to create and preserve affordable housing on Chicago’s West Side neighborhood, Garfield Park.

Heartland Housing
This VISTA is responsible for working with residents on developing leadership skills and community-focused projects, and strengthening our resource network to help secure services for residents

Hesed House (Position filled)
Help create and develop a sustainable volunteer program to staff the new Hesed House PADS Family Shelter.

Housing Action Illinois (Position filled)
Communities across Illinois face impossibly high rents and home costs. Housing Action Illinois unites 160+ organizations to expand and protect affordable housing. Join the fight for housing justice!

Housing Forward (Position filled)
The VISTA will take on the new position of Community Outreach Liaison to engage and educate local and regional community stakeholders on the system being developed to end homelessness.

Lake County Coalition for the Homeless
Looking for a chance to have an impact on homelessness? The Lake County Coalition for the Homeless works collaboratively with its partners to eliminate veteran and chronic homelessness.

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (Position filled)
The VISTA protects the rights of low-income renters by planning events, writing grants and marketing programs that attract individuals and businesses to volunteer with and donate to LCBH.

LUCHA (Position filled)
This VISTA will help document LUCHA’s current Resident Services health and wellness work, and do background and best practices research regarding health and wellness and work force related issues.

Northwest Side Housing Center (Position filled)
Join the ranks of the change makers fighting for racial and social justice on Chicago’s Northwest Side!

NW HomeStart
HomeStart’s Regional Outreach Coordinator VISTA will expand outreach to the low income population in the region, and will produce an analysis of next steps for our Community Development coalition.

Resources for Community Living
The VISTA will utilize skills of community outreach, volunteer recruitment, collaboration building and literacy development to help develop an effective asset-building program for Special Needs adults.

South Suburban PADS (Position filled)
South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) seeks a motivated leader to join our team as a VISTA to help prevent and end homelessness in the south suburbs of Chicago.

Spanish Coalition for Housing
Development and Programs Analyst with an interest in Community and Economic Development, primary focus on Housing to join industry leader in affordable housing sector, data analysis & social impact.

ZION Development Corporation (Position filled)
Utilize your passion for community improvement to improve neighborhoods, the environment, and health outcomes by working to create the Keith Creek Greenway!

2018 VISTA Summer Associate Positions (No Longer Accepting Applications)

This program is an expansion of Housing Action’s full-year AmeriCorps VISTA network; instead of serving for a full twelve months, VISTA Summer Associates work full-time with an organization for 8-10 weeks on specific projects. Unlike our full-year VISTA positions, Summer Associates are able to participate in direct service, which allows them to perform tasks such as case management, client intake, and tutoring, in addition to the traditional capacity building of AmeriCorps VISTA positions.

All Chicago – Chicago Jobs Council
Sixty five percent of people who are looking for housing are also looking for work. We are improving the connections to employment services for these individuals.

All Chicago – Inspiration Corporation
Help Chicago create the first-ever profile of employment needs of people experiencing homelessness. Support innovation and engage in creative outreach, personal interviews and data analysis.

All Chicago – Rapid ReHousing
Do you know how to end homelessness in Chicago? We do! If you are interested in working on landlord engagement, housing models and progressive engagement, then join us as our Rapid Rehousing VISTA.

Archi-Treasures – Fundraising Associate
Archi-treasures is seeking two Fundraising Associates to support promotion and coordination of our annual benefit event, and the integration of data into a new CRM system.

Archi-Treasures – Program Associate
Archi-treasures seeks two Program Associates to support our youth arts engagement activities at program sites on the Near West Side, South Chicago, and West Pullman neighborhoods.

Catholic Charities – DuPage County
Coordinated Entry Liaison will conduct standardized assessments of need for those seeking housing, assist in engaging homeless individuals and families and provide access to housing resources.

Catholic Charities Dioces of Joliet – Will County 
The VISTA placed at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Daybreak Center will assist in conducting assessments that will link homeless people to housing opportunities and help them find apartments.

DuPage Habitat for Humanity – Construction Crew
Join this hands-on project to train and lead volunteers in building homes and providing home repairs to families in need.

DuPage Habitat for Humanity – Construction Logistics
The goal of this position is to work with our construction leadership to make sure that the right people and materials are in place to improve efficiency and volunteer satisfaction.

DuPage Habitat for Humanity – Construction Systems
The goal of this position is to improve the planning and communication of the construction team to help meet deadlines, reduce cost, and provide a great volunteer experience.

DuPage Habitat for Humanity – Deconstruction Leader
Work on remodeling projects throughout the community to assist in the safe removal of re-sellable items and build relationships with contractors and partners.

DuPage Habitat for Humanity – Engagement Leader
Produce a volunteer experience that creates raving fans of the organization, and compels them to return with their friends and family.

DuPage Habitat for Humanity – Neighborhood Revitalization Specialist
Recruit and increase families and youth to participate and take ownership in community gardening program. Assist in maintaining current programs and community partner relationships.

Embarrass River Basin Agency
ERBA Summer Vista will be a great asset to our organization. Researching and collecting data vital to sustain programs, begin new programs and improve existing programs.

Ford Heights Community Services Organization – Coordinated Entry Case Manager
Ford Heights is a non-for-profit organization whose core mission is to improve the quality of life for the underprivileged and to assist vulnerable populations in times of crisis.

Ford Heights Community Services Organization – Cornerstone Case Manager
Ford Heights is a non-for-profit organization whose core mission is to improve the quality of life for the underprivileged and to assist vulnerable populations in times of crisis.

Hesed House – Children’s Summer Program
Hesed House is looking for a VISTA Summer Associate to create and oversee children’s summer activities that provide a safe and encouraging environment for children residing at the homeless shelter.

Hesed House – Computer Program Developer
Hesed House is looking for a VISTA Summer Associate to create a shared database program that staff and volunteers can use. The program will track distribution of clothes at Hesed House.

Hesed House – PADS AM Daytime Drop in Center
Hesed House is looking for a VISTA Summer Associate to serve as a special events coordinator for our Daytime Center. The VISTA will help our staff engage guests and run community events.

 Hesed House – PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter
The VISTA Summer Associate will help ensure the food, safety, shelter and service with dignity for our 150-200 guests per night by serving as a volunteer liaison.

Hesed House – Maintenance Special Projects
Hesed House is looking for a VISTA Summer Associate to help staff in rehabbing our facilities in preparation for two new programs opening at Hesed House in the fall of 2018.

Hesed House – SEEDS
Hesed House is looking for a VISTA Summer Associate to serve with our case managers and volunteer director in order to provide improved service delivery to our clients.

Mercy Housing Lakefront
MHL needs an energetic and highly-motivated VISTA to help us expand our new volunteer program and assist with fundraising events by engaging community partners who want to support our mission

Peoria Housing Authority
Impact the youth participation in the Summer Food Program to amplify awareness, broaden boundaries of effectiveness and circulate current resources more efficiently.

Respond Now – Summer Food Programming
The VISTA will decrease hunger in the far south suburbs by increasing food distribution at the Respond Now food pantry.

Check back next spring for updated position listings!