1. Housing Placement Services
a. 3,000 economically disadvantaged individuals, including homeless and near-homeless will have greater access to safe, affordable housing opportunities through housing placement and
accessibility services provided by ACMs. Services will include housing identification, applications
assistance, referrals, back rent and security deposit disbursements, and home sharing coordination.
b. 275 economically disadvantaged individuals, including homeless and near-homeless, will transition into safe, affordable housing as a result of ACM services.
2. Financial Literacy Services
ACMs will provide financial literacy services including credit repair education and counseling,
household budgeting, foreclosure prevention/intervention, home ownership education, outreach, and development and distribution of educational materials to at least 300 economically disadvantaged individuals.
Note: Pre and post tests should be administered whenever possible and appropriate to assess an individual's improved financial literacy.
3. Housing Units & Structures Weatherized or Retrofitted to Improve Energy
a. ACMs will improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions of 150 housing units and
structures through weatherization, retrofits and other energy efficiency measures.
b. Units will experience an approximate annual energy usage reduction of 1800 MMBTUs through weatherization and retrofit measures, resulting in decreased carbon emissions.
4. Housing Units Developed, Repaired, or Otherwise Made Available
ACMs will develop, repair or otherwise make available 150 affordable housing units for low income individuals and families, including older adults and people with disabilities.
5. Energy Assessment Services
ACMs will conduct energy assessments and/or assist with energy audits on at least 25 low income homes and public buildings through on-site assessments that will help in the effort to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.
6. Parks, Trails, Rivers Cleaned, Improved, or Created
a. 8,000 acres of parks, lakes, conserved lands and/or at-risk eco-systems will be cleaned, improved and/or better stabilized through such stewardship measures as, but not limited to, maintenance, invasive species management, signage, hazards removal, boundary marking, trail blazing and easement monitoring.
b. 80 miles of trails and/or rivers will be cleaned and/or improved through such stewardship measures as, but not limited to, trail maintenance, invasive species management, signage, hazards removal, boundary marking, trail blazing and easement monitoring.
7. Education/Training in Energy Efficient and Environmentally-Conscious Practices
ACMs will deliver education on energy efficient and environmentally-conscious practices, including but not limited to sustainable energy and other natural resources, and sustainable agriculture, to 2,500 students and youth resulting in greater knowledge and appreciation for the natural environment and how people can help conserve energy and care for natural eco-systems.
8. Volunteer Mobilization
VHCB AC members will recruit, train, supervise, evaluate and recognize 800 community
volunteers so that these volunteer efforts help to further the missions of VHCB AC's sponsoring
9. Capacity Building
In addition to volunteer mobilization, members involved in capacity building activities will expand the scale, reach, efficiency, or effectiveness of services, programs and their organizations. Activities may also leverage resources for programs and/or organizations so that lasting positive outcomes for the beneficiary populations are achieved.
Note: AmeriCorps members may raise resources directly in support of sponsors' program services but may not raise funds for an organization's general operating expenses or endowment.
10. Member Development
Upon successful completion of their AmeriCorps term, 80% of graduating members will report
improvement on at least 3 of 7 life skills needed to become productive, engaged community
members and citizens. At least 90% of members will report they will continue to be engaged in civic participation after their term of service.