The VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) is a recently revived project administered by the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders with technical support and training from NAHT staff. VAHPP aims to build the capacity of tenant associations in eligible Project Based Section 8 HUD-assisted properties to increase tenants’ knowledge of their rights, responsibilities and options for preserving and improving their homes and communities as affordable housing.
More specifically, VAHPP VISTAs aim to:
(1) increase tenant outreach and training capacity of qualified local nonprofit organizations across the country;
(2) organize or strengthen independent tenant associations that meet HUD standards at 24 CFR Part 245
(3) help tenants save or improve eligible Section 8 communities across the country. VISTA members will build the capacity of tenant organizations through outreach, education, leadership development and legal services.
VAHPP Host Sites:
- Arkansas Community Institute: Little Rock, AR
- Chicago Housing Initiative: Chicago, IL
- Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless: Cincinnati, OH
- Greater Newark HUD Tenants Coalition: Newark, NJ
- Greater Syracuse Tenants Network: Syracuse, NY
- Housing Justice League: Atlanta, GA
- Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco: San Francisco, CA
- IMPACCT Brooklyn: Brooklyn, NY
- Long Beach Residents Empowered: Long Beach, CA
- Southside Together Organizing for Power: Chicago, IL
- Tenants Union of Washington State: Spokane, WA
- United Community Housing Coalition: Detroit, MI
VAHPP Sponsor Organizations:
Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps VISTA)
VISTA was founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 as a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. VISTA builds capacity in nonprofit organizations and communities to help bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Since 1965, over 190,000 have served as VISTA volunteers working with local organizations to strengthen communities and help people escape poverty. Eighty percent of former VISTA members continue to volunteer in their communities after their term of service ends.
National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB)
NALCAB is the hub of a national network of more than 140 mission-driven organizations that are anchor institutions in geographically and ethnically diverse Latino communities in 40 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. Members of the NALCAB Network invest in their communities by building affordable housing, addressing gentrification, supporting small business growth, and providing financial counseling on issues such as credit building and homeownership. A majority of the people served by the NALCAB Network are low- to moderate-income individuals who are immigrants, or the children of immigrants.