Accessing Home works to bring low- and moderate-income families home through partnerships with affordable housing providers throughout Rhode Island.
The Accessing Home initiative launched in 2016 to help Rhode Island families acquire and maintain affordable, safe, and healthy housing.
Through this initiative, NWBRV partners with community development organizations, public housing authorities, and other non-profits to equip Rhode Islanders with the resources necessary to acquire and maintain affordable, high quality housing.
Accessing Home is currently recruiting AmeriCorps members. Apply today!
Accessing Home has a cohort of 15 AmeriCorps members placed at partner organizations across the state. Our members are trained and professionally certified as Resident Services Coordinators to provide resource referrals, case management, facilitation, and much more. Read about some of our alumni here.
Accessing Home AmeriCorps members deliver a variety of housing stabilization services, including:
- Advocating for tenants at risk of eviction by negotiating payment plans and providing important resource referrals
- Educating tenants on issues of rights and responsibilities; facilitating public education workshops
- Helping individuals and families apply for subsidized housing
- Providing financial coaching, including budgeting and credit help, to households looking to build wealth
- Assisting homeless individuals and families in finding suitable housing, building life skills, developing resumes, accessing job training, and obtaining services
- Educating community landlords on the Housing Choice Voucher program
- Recruiting volunteers, providing community outreach and making referrals
- Reduce barriers to affordable housing, such as poor credit scores, for Rhode Island residents;
- Transition economically disadvantaged Rhode Island families into stable housing; and
- Eliminate evictions resulting from delinquency and non-criminal activity.
Resources for current Accessing Home AmeriCorps members can be found here.
To learn more about federal AmeriCorps programs, visit www.AmeriCorps.gov.
Since 2016, Accessing Home has placed 24 AmeriCorps members at 11 organizations around RI. To date, those members have:
- Provided eviction prevention services to 225 individuals
- Taught 28 courses of Rent RIte, a tenant education curriculum
- Provided 416 individuals with housing acquisition services
- Served more than 14,000 hours
- Received more than 1,100 hours of training
- Earned 7 professional Resident Services Coordinator certifications