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Nashville Promise Zone Resident Association VISTA

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This is a Contract position in Lexington, KY posted January 24, 2022.

Nashville Promise Zone Resident Association VISTA While Nashville, TN is experiencing intense economic growth and prosperity many neighborhoods still struggle with disinvestment, high unemployment, lack of affordable housing, and persistent crime.

According to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, last year, more than 150 new business projects and expansions were announced for the area, comprising $2.7 billion in capital investment.

Per capita income is on the rise and the number of cranes and construction teams throughout the region illustrates its economic vitality.

But beneath all the ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings, and restaurant openings, significant problems remain.

Among the most significant problems the Nashville Promise Zone (NPZ) residents face are low post-secondary education levels, road congestion, and conditions of poverty that make upward mobility, affordable housing, and employment more difficult to obtain.

NPZ is a collaboration comprised of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, six implementation partners which include strong nonprofit organizations, and more than 87 supporting partners including a comprehensive group of leaders from government, local institutions, nonprofits, and community organizations.

NPZ’s mission is to foster intensive partnerships among Nashville’s organizations that serve high-poverty neighborhoods, improve the collective impact of their service, and address revitalization in a collaborative way.

Based on this mission, the NPZ partners will address 6 primary goals: 1) increase access to quality affordable housing; 2) create jobs; 3) increase economic activity; 4) improve educational opportunities; 5) improve community infrastructure, and 6) reduce violent crime.

NPZ programming will focus on projects that expand the scale, impact, and resource-leveraging ability of programs and organizations that work to eliminate poverty.

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Member Duties : The Nashville Promise Zone (NPZ) mission is to foster intensive partnerships among Nashville’s organizations that serve high-poverty neighborhoods, improve the collective impact of their service, and address revitalization in a collaborative way.

The VISTA Resident Association Coordinator will work with MDHA, Nashville’s public housing authority, and build capacity of its Resident Associations of which there are 20 associations that represent 11,805 low-income residents who all live within the Nashville Promise Zone.

This VISTA will address poverty by increasing capacity of public housing resident leaders in three areas: 1) garner technology, 2) enhance autonomy, and 3) increase Resident Association participation.

Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Health Coverage , Living Allowance , Relocation Allowance .

Terms : Permits working at another job during off hours , Car recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours .

Service Areas : Neighborhood Revitalization , Housing , Community Outreach .

Skills : Community Organization , Social Services , Communications , Leadership , Team Work , General Skills , Writing/Editing , Teaching/Tutoring , Conflict Resolution , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Counseling , Recruitment , Public Speaking .

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