America Needs You! And so does South Florida! Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) is seeking two AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers

If you have a heart for helping people to make their lives and communities better we have two exciting positions for you.

Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida is a leading affordable housing agency that educates first time homebuyers; provides financial empowerment coaching; offers responsible mortgage lending programs; and builds single family housing for low and moderate income first time homebuyers.  Our goals are to revitalize neighborhoods by expanding homeownership opportunities.

If transforming urban communities excite you, we have two fantastic opportunities to apply your skills and learn and industry that could put you on the path to a great career.

Associate Acquisition Analyst:  In this position you will work with NHSSF staff to accelerate the acquisition and development of single family housing.  No doubt you have heard about the shortage of available affordable housing in South Florida.  You will help us to speed up our acquisition of housing, lots, and identify ways we can shorten the time it takes to go from blighted home or empty lot to a ready to move in home.

We seek VISTA Volunteers who are energetic, savvy with computers, flexible, curious and excited about learning new things.  If you have an interest in real estate, housing, urban planning, architecture, visual arts this could be the right opportunity for you.  You must be able to quickly learn software applications; you must be able to use Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  You should be comfortable using numbers and calculations.  Bilingual Spanish or Haitian Creole a plus.

Community Engaged Research Associate:  In this position you will work closely with the Director of Homebuyer Programs and Financial Wellbeing and the President to fulfil our goal to create more affordable ownership housing in Overtown, a historically African American neighborhood of Miami.  You will perform research, interviews, and meet with local organizations and residents to explore and understand their housing needs and interest in using community based arts to drive community and economic development.  You must be able to deliver presentations, conduct research, conduct field research, and use publically available resources to gather information.  The best candidates will have a passion for community; is highly organized and can use Microsoft Office applications.  Applicants from Overtown or similar communities facing extreme gentrification pressures are encouraged to apply.

 

Please submit your resume to the Online VISTA Portal:

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-VISTA/join-americorps-VISTA

And send a resume no more than two pages to kimh@nhssf.org by July 8, 2019.

Embracing World Class Art to Change Communities

Miami Beach, Florida:  Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) announces its 40th anniversary celebration “Celebrating the Past/Embracing the Vision” with international artist and designer Jeroen Koolhaas.

 

What:        Celebrating 40 years of affordable housing and community development services to

South Florida.

 

When:        Thursday, March 21, 2019; 6:30PM-9:30PM

 

Where:       The Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, valet parking available

 

Who:          Jeroen Koolhaas, Marietta Rodrigues, President and CEO of NeighborWorks

America; the Honorable Daryl Jones, Board Chairman and former Florida Senator

 

The keynote presenter, Jeroen Koolhaas, Dutch artist and designer, for over a decade has contributed to the resilience of marginalized communities through creating art, designing, teaching young and old to paint, and employing local community members, to beautify neighbors. He builds trust and community ownership of these projects through consultation and involving the people in telling their stories through highly visible images and colors designed for the buildings and streets in their neighborhoods.  These are most often multi-year projects requiring co-founders of http://favelapainting.com to reside in these communities intermittently for several years, returning to update the artwork, to deepen the relationships established during the project and its contribution to community sustainability.  Favela Painting’s work has included creating art in Rio de Janeiro, Port au Prince, Curacao, Miami and North Philadelphia.

 

Architecture, patterns, textures, color and music are integral to his work. Hip Hop and jazz music have inspired and informed his work. Koolhaas has delivered Ted Talks on his work with communities and has been commissioned to create designs and illustrations for Prada and The New Yorker magazine.