We are currently recruiting for full-year and summer 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.
Full-Year VISTA Positions
See individual listings for start dates and application deadlines.
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 Making Homelessness History – Community Capacity-Building VISTA
This VISTA will strengthen efforts to serve individuals experiencing homelessness in Chicago by increasing efficiencies in reporting, best practices, technical assistance, and capacity development.
Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County – Community Outreach Liaison VISTA
This VISTA will enhance countywide community engagement and outreach efforts to better serve individuals experiencing homelessness.
Centro Romero – Digital Data Officer VISTA
This VISTA will learn how to ask for money, cultivate donors, become an expert in a database program, and learn in a welcoming work environment. This is a good fit for those looking to begin a fundraising career within a diverse community
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – Community Outreach & Education VISTA
This VISTA will focus on outreach and training in historically disinvested communities as part of a team of advocates working for racial equity and economic opportunity in Chicago. This is a good fit for those who are passionate about justice.
Chicago Rehab Network – Research & Capacity-Building VISTA
This VISTA will engage in research, outreach, and evaluation to strengthen CRN’s educational capacity-building training programs and expand their impact.
City of Rockford – Homeless Verification & Affordable Housing Research VISTA
This VISTA will work with the City of Rockford’s homeless department to research a better system for verifying the homeless status of clients and to assist in developing affordable housing units for people who are experiencing homelessness.
CSH – Supportive Housing Pipeline Coordinator VISTA
This VISTA will evaluate projects seeking capital, operating, and services for supportive housing to indicate to funders how the project aligns with Chicago Continuum of Care homeless system goals.
DuPage Habitat for Humanity – Neighborhood Revitalization Program VISTA
This VISTA will expand and maintain community relationships, conduct outreach, and assist with evaluating summer programs and special events.
Facing Forward – Development & Communications VISTA
This VISTA will engage Facing Forward’s supporters and potential partners through external marketing, communications and outreach efforts. This is a good fit for a creative individual with a passion for ending homelessness.
Garfield Park Community Center – Communications Associate VISTA
The Garfield Park Community Council is seeking a Communications Associate to build the capacity of its communications and housing programs to engage residents in East and West Garfield Park.
HCP of Illinois – Resource Development & Communications VISTA
This VISTA will build support for HCP’s work through fundraising, event planning, and social media engagement. This is a good fit for a creative, resourceful individual who is passionate about housing rights and equity.
Heartland Housing – Resident Engagement Coordinator VISTA
This VISTA is responsible for working with residents on developing leadership skills and community-focused projects, and strengthening Heartland Housing’s resource network to help secure services for residents.
Hesed House – Housing & Mental Health Staff Training VISTA
This VISTA will expand Hesed House’s staff training modules by turning raw training material into easily accessible computer modules and will further expand the network of trainings by researching new areas of need.
Hesed House – Volunteer Marketing & Training Coordinator VISTA
This VISTA will develop marketing and training materials to help Hesed Volunteer Coordinators recruit from within their own networks and groups for recurring service dates.
HOPE Fair Housing Center – 2020-2021 Downstate Illinois Fair Housing VISTA
This VISTA will raise awareness and grow accessibility of resources to communities, families, and individuals affected by housing discrimination.
Housing Action Illinois – Communications & Capacity Building VISTA
This VISTA will build public understanding and awareness of affordable housing and homelessness, gather stories, diversify funding, and support Housing Action’s work to train housing professionals. This is a good fit for someone passionate about housing justice.
Housing Forward – Coalition Liaison and Program Associate VISTA
This VISTA will build capacity in two ways: by creating more efficient and effective operating processes, and through coordination of a local coalition that aims to eradicate homelessness.
Lake County Coalition for the Homeless – Continuum of Care Program VISTA
This VISTA will use research, writing, and interviewing skills to support the effort to end homelessness in Lake County by providing critical capacity to a coalition of housing and service providers.
Lake County Housing Authority – Landlord Outreach Specialist VISTA
This VISTA is tasked with growing the number of affordable housing units available in Lake County by maintaining & expanding landlord participation in the Lake County HCV program.
NeighborScapes – Communications and Development Coordinator VISTA
This VISTA will create a communication and development strategy that amplifies public awareness of NeighborScapes’ work and inspires giving from donors.
Northside Community Development Corporation – Development & Communications Associate VISTA
This VISTA will work on development and communications at Northside Community Development Corporation.
Northside Community Development Corporation – Program & Research Specialist VISTA
This VISTA will support Northside Community Development Corporation’s rental and business counseling staff to ensure clients achieve a positive outcome and the organization is able to build and strengthen relationships with referral partners.
Northwest Side Housing Center – Data & Evaluation Coordinator VISTA
This VISTA will lead continuous program evaluation and data management efforts and will be responsible for implementing logic model systems and evaluation measures to ensure organizational goals are met.
Respond Now – Supportive Housing Capacity Builder VISTA
This VISTA will work with the Supportive Housing team to deliver programs to meet the needs of the homeless. Programs work with the chronically homeless, returning citizens, and the newly homeless.
Spanish Coalition for Housing – Community and Outreach Coordinator VISTA
This VISTA will have an interest in Community and Economic Development, focusing housing to join industry leaders in the affordable housing sector and social impact.
Winnebago County Housing Authority – Housing Retention Support Coordinator VISTA
This VISTA will work within Winnebago County Housing Authority’s subsidized housing complexes to create a program to prevent eviction whenever possible.
Summer VISTA Positions
See individual listings for start dates and application deadlines.
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to end poverty. Housing Action’s summer VISTA members commit to serve communities across Illinois for 8 to 10 weeks. 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 Making Homelessness History – Youth Ride or Die VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will strengthen efforts to serve youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago by increasing efficiencies in reporting, best practices, technical assistance, and capacity development.
Architreasures – Fundraising Associate VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will assist in the planning and execution of Architreasures’ 2020 fundraising benefit. This is a good fit for a dynamic, high-energy individual.
Architreasures – Program Associate VISTA Summer Associate (Four openings)
This VISTA will carry out Architreasures’ 2020 summer programs for young residents in affordable housing communities. This is a good fit for those passionate about community-based arts and youth.
Centro Romero – Youth Program VISTA Summer Associate (Two openings)
This VISTA will assist children in grades 1-4 or 5-8 with tutoring in academic subjects and informal peer counseling and mentoring in recreational, arts-based, and social programs.
Centro Romero – Fundraising VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will assist with fundraising events to increase amounts raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, silent auction items, a raffle, and ads in the program booklet.
City of Rockford – Poverty Mitigation Planner VISTA Summer Associate – Check back soon
This VISTA will perform poverty research for the City of Rockford’s regional service area and develop the 2021 Community Action Plan to develop poverty mitigation projects.
Cornerstone Community Development Corporation – Coordinated Entry Case Manager VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will work with the Director of Programs to identify ways to improve the delivery of services, assess clients’ risk of homelessness, and connect clients to resources.
DuPage Habitat for Humanity – Construction Crew Leader VISTA Summer Associate (Four openings)
This VISTA will engage with volunteers, families, and businesses. This is a good fit for someone looking to give back and help families in affordable housing and home repair.
Garfield Park Community Council – Garden and Market VISTA Summer Associate (Two openings)
The VISTAs will contribute to the implementation and outreach for the Garfield Park Garden Network and Neighborhood Market, as well as a summer Youth Garden Corps.
Garfield Park Community Council – Outreach VISTA Summer Associate
Streamline our communications systems and implement strategies for digital outreach, direct mail, events and workshops, and neighborhood engagement for residents in East and West Garfield Park.
HCP of Illinois – Resource Development & Communications VISTA Summer Associate
Build support for HCP’s work through fundraising, event planning, and social media engagement. This is a good fit for a creative, resourceful person who is passionate about housing rights and equity.
Hesed House – Warehouse Programs Process Coordinator VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will improve the process of moving, organizing, and storing donations into Hesed House’s warehouse for various agency departments, such as the clothes closet, PADS programs, bicycle ministry, Holiday Store, and more.
Hesed House – OES Emergency Clothes Closet VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will create an in-program emergency clothes closet for the PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter for adults, which will enable staff to provide emergency clothing to new clients and for other emergency needs.
Hesed House – Family Activities Coordinator VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will improve family bonds by creating and implementing family activities that can be done at the shelter, as well as free or low-cost community events that are family friendly.
Hesed House – Food Storage System Coordinator VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will increase food security at Hesed House by working in the homeless shelter Daytime Drop-In Center Program to revamp food donations and storage system.
Hesed House – Landlord Relations Coordinator VISTA Summer Associate
Building strong relationships with landlords is essential to end chronic homelessness. This VISTA will develop database and marketing material for landlords and work with staff to begin outreach efforts.
Hesed House – LIGHT House Furniture Coordinator VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will help bridge the “furniture gap”—often felt when moving chronically homeless families and individuals into new homes—through outreach, marketing materials, and inventory efficiency.
HOPE Fair Housing Center – Downstate Illinois Fair Housing VISTA Summer Associate
The Fair Housing Capacity Building VISTA Summer Associate will raise awareness and grow accessibility of resources to communities, families, and individuals affected by housing discrimination.
Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation – Marketing and Fundraising VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will improve existing and implement additional communication tools to expand the effectiveness of the agency in lifting people from poverty by empowering them to become self-sufficient.
Lake County Housing Authority – Landlord Outreach Support VISTA Summer Associate
This VISTA will establish a database of property owners in the Lake County area that currently do not participate in the Housing Choice Voucher program.
Northwest Side Housing Center – Data and Evaluation Coordinator VISTA Summer Associate
This Summer Associate will lead program evaluation and data management efforts and will be responsible for implementing logic model systems and evaluation measures to meet organizational goals.
Northside Community Development Corporation – Development & Communications VISTA Summer Associate
Northside Community Development Corporation is seeking a full-time VISTA Development & Communications Associate for the Summer of 2020.