Invitation to Host AmeriCorps NCCC Members in Your Community
- Assist Outreach Workers and Case Managers
- Administer assessment surveys to individuals experiencing homelessness
- Data Entry for HMIS and/or By-Name Lists
- Physical restoration of supportive housing projects
AmeriCorps Members assisted the Peninsula CoC in their goal of ending veteran homelessness
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential national service program for young adults (age 18-24) who address pressing needs and strengthen communities across the assigned region. NCCC teams spend a total of 10 months of service together while completing short-term hands-on projects in various communities and developing leadership skills of the Corps members.
In 2015, VHA acted as an intermediary for two NCCC teams: Delta 1 in Spring 2015, and Delta 7 in Summer 2015. The Peninsula CoC enthusiastically hosted both eight member teams for two months each at the HELP Day Center in Hampton. Through collaborative efforts with Charlotte Dillow, Executive Director of HELP Inc. and a champion in ending veteran homelessness in Hampton and Newport News, we were able to secure the teams as a resource to continue the efforts with added energy and hands.
While serving in the Peninsula, the NCCC teams accomplished the following:
- Developed a by-name master list for veterans experiencing homelessness
- Conducted surveys to further engage veterans and others experiencing homelessness in housing resources
- Entered data into spread sheets for Hampton Human Services and the Hampton VA Medical Center
- Conducted 60+ VI-SPDATs and entered 100+ VI-SPDATs into HMIS
- Interviewed veterans and used stories to write HELP Inc. newsletter articles
- Wrote guest blogs for VHA about their service experience working with clients and the application of housing first principles
- Collaborated with SCAAN and the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program to provide outreach
- Collected, packaged and delivered donations (food, furniture, clothing)
- Provided landscaping and other repair work at local homeless services providers
- And much more!
As an employer of national service members and a host site and intermediary for AmeriCorps VISTA and NCCC programs, VHA strongly believes in the importance of national service programs and the value these members bring to the housing and homelessness field. VHA has plans to apply for multiple teams during the 2016-2017 year to provide boots on the ground support to communities pursuing an end to veteran and chronic homelessness.