Housing Support

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Hi y'all!

Does anyone have experience with your site offering housing support to members? We have two rural sites and want to help with this barrier to joining VISTA. 

My questions:

1) How did your site come by this arrangement? Did you partner with a university, housing authority,  co-op system, etc?

2) Do all of your sites offer housing support or only a few? How does this drive recruitment?

3) How did your site find funding for the housing support?

 

Thanks!

Housing is a huge barrier with us as well. We've had two people from out of state not accept offers and I believe that was the main reason. It's hard. I would be interested to see what feedback you receive. 

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Right now, the best I've come up with is sending a blurb to the rural sites asking what kind of cheap housing they know of (this could include someone's neighbor renting a room in their house). I’ve compiled lists for incoming VISTAs based on this info. I'm hoping first to use the site supervisors’ networks, since they are well connected in the area, and I'm in Austin, in a different office as the VISTA members. Another idea is trying to get connected to someone at some East Texas colleges and see if they would be willing to offer a dorm or apartment space to our project. 

It's a slow process, unfortunately, because many of the site supervisors want me to remotely work some magic, when in reality, I can make all the spreadsheets I want, but what I really need is for one of the supervisors to push my ideas out to their networks. 

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