NeighborWorks VISTA

Mutual Housing California is proud to be awarded AmeriCorps VISTAs through NeighborWorks America. Our mission is to develop, operate and advocate for sustainable housing that builds strong communities through resident participation and leadership development. And it falls directly in line with AmeriCorps anti-poverty focus. VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs.

Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 8,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. Since 2009, Mutual Housing California has hosted 24 year-long and summer NeighborWorks VISTAs.

Each of the NeighborWorks VISTAs has helped us build and expand a variety of anti-poverty programs within our 1,071 homes in 19 multifamily communities (see our demographics). Examples include expanding computer literacy programs, developing financial capability programs, researching volunteer management systems, and building greater capacity for our green leader program.

They also support various community service projects during their service term. Click the image below to see the most recent examples:

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Meet our current VISTAs

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Name: David Augusto

Hometown: Upland, California

Served from: August, 2016 to August, 2017.

Title: Economic Development Associate

Objectives:

  • Develop existing Economic Development program opportunities that support Mutual Housing California’s housing stability efforts.
  • Develop protocol for partners, volunteers, and outside entities offering financial learning services to Mutual Housing California resident members.
  • Increase financial education opportunities for youth and adult resident members.
  • Develop/implement plan to increase resident-member/external volunteers.
  • Develop and implement program design of credit reporting program.

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Name: Samantha Sauter

Hometown: Timonium, Maryland

Served from: August, 2016 to August, 2017.

Title: Green Leaders Program Associate

Objectives:

  • Promote green education at Mutual Housing communities.
  • Build a sustainable program that continues past the VISTA term and has a strong potential for growth.
  • Create a investment in green initiatives/issues among residents and staff.

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