The Network's mission is to promote economic justice and the empowerment of low-income individuals and communities through access to safe and decent shelter for low- and moderate-income residents in New Jersey. The VISTA project will support 200+ member organizations who are addressing homelessness, foreclosure prevention, and healthy home issues and provide support and infrastructure to help build their capacity and better serve the thousands of clients that count on them for services.

Over the course of twelve months VISTA members will perform activities such as working alongside seasoned housing, planning and non-profit experts on the issues including:

  • engaging service providers, infrastructure, and education;
  • produce ongoing issue communications (including traditional and emerging media tools);
  • engage in efforts to integrate issues with other local, statewide and national Network and partner activities;
  • plan and execute events to highlight the need for changes to homelessness, foreclosure, and healthy housing issues;
  • promote funding streams to serve our members, individuals and families that create affordable homes and address the long term needs of NJ residents;
  • conduct ongoing research about and promoting best-practices in the field.

Network VISTA Lia Ferrante says, "I thought I would just be doing some research and outreach related to healthy homes in New Jersey. I was wrong, it would not be 'just' any one thing. The expanse of the work covered in just nine months has been incredibly diverse." Read more of Lia's story here.

To learn more about the Network AmeriCorp position(s) or to apply, contact Ben Haygood at bhaygood@hcdnnj.org or 609-393-3752 x1100.