The Resurrection Project (TRP) seeks to transform its success in building healthy communities into a formal, methodical, national model that can be leveraged in order to transform some of the most troubled neighborhoods into communities of promise. As such, TRP assessed all of its operations and devised a structured, methodical Community Resurrection Model (CRM) that capitalizes on its core competencies and the existing synergies within and across all of its departments. This model consist of three strategic pillars—Stewards of Community Assets (SCA), Community Wealth Building (CWB), and Community Ownership (CO)—working together in a transformative adaptable process that strengthens public, private and community stakeholders to provide the sustainable foundation that gives rise to healthy communities.
The Strategic Pillar: Community Ownership
Community Ownership empowers individuals by awakening their sense of ownership and pride, and then providing them with the tools, skills, knowledge, and resources they need in order to become effective catalysts of change.
The Community Ownership strategic pillar incorporates:
- Community Organizing through leadership development whereby individuals are trained on how to organize around their self-interest and the interests of the community in which they live.
- Immigration Legal Services in order to eliminate a barrier to community ownership and legal status. Individuals must feel that they have a stake in their community in order to rise to protect it.
- Neighborhood Planning and Educational Programs to forge alliances with community-based organizations to create Quality of Life Plans that seek to improve community environments in breaking the cycle of “missed-opportunities,” by providing a healthy, safe, and supportive community for students and residents to successfully transition from one stage of life cycle to the next.
- La Casa Student Housing aims to address the many challenges students face in their educational endeavors through its unique community-based “live, learn, and thrive” residence hall and resource center.
- San Jose Obrero Mission aims to provide homeless individuals and families with transitional housing so they may continue to live a dignified life during difficult times, and which provides them with trainings, resources, and the care that enables them to get back on the path of being an independent, contributing member of society.
The Community Organizer for Housing and Community Development
The Community Organizer for Housing and Community Development reports to the Collective Impact Director (CID) and is responsible for engaging and mobilizing individual residents, community leaders, organizations and other stakeholders into action to achieve housing and environmental justice in communities served by The Resurrection Project.
- Leads TRP’s Housing and Community Development organizing efforts.
- Identifies, coordinates, and empowers distressed property owners and home buyers, and connects them with the appropriate services and agencies for assistance, including, but not limited to TRP’s Financial Wellness department and Stewards of Community Assets.
- Identifies, builds relationships, and organizes local agents (internal and external), including but not limited to financial institutions, real estate agencies, insurance companies, local developers, and government agencies such as CHA and HUD.
- Works towards meeting funding goals by attending meetings and trainings, meeting metrics, providing written and oral reports, and synchronizing work with other TRP pillars such as Community Wealth Building and Stewards of Community Assets.
- Develops strategies and proposes initiatives to organize homeowners and tenants.
- Recruits, trains, and supports community members to help them develop the confidence and skills needed to become active leaders in the communities in which they live.
- Works with TRP’s Property Management team to identify, engage, and support resident leaders in TRP’s buildings.
- Organizes TRP staff, leaders, and volunteers to identify, research, plan, execute, and evaluate action campaigns that promote housing justice, including but not limited to: access to quality affordable housing, renters rights, foreclosure prevention, homelessness prevention, and more.
- Provides strategic input to issue campaigns. Facilitates the development of projects and programs related to these campaigns with other departments within the organization.
- Collaborates with Community Planning Committees, local businesses, city officials, and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of community impact plans.
- Develops an individual yearly work plan with clear goals, outcomes, and milestones to help create accountability in advancing community impact.
- Coordinates with TRP organizing staff to devise action plans with the goal of creating broader social change.
- Drives community participation to TRP programs and services, including but not limited to TRP housing, Financial Wellness trainings, Small Business workshops, DACA and Citizenship workshops, etc.
- In collaboration with TRP’s Public Relations and Marketing team, uses traditional and new media to promote community projects and programs, and grow TRP’s visibility in the communities it serves.
- Works with the TRP’s Institutional Advancement team to identify new funding opportunities. Cultivates relationships with key funders and volunteers, and provides funding reports and updates as needed to satisfy funder requirements.
- Maintains required job skills and core professional competencies.
- Attends relevant committee and board meetings to provide updates on community programs as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Number of resident leaders developed and partners engaged.
- Ensure program outcomes are tracked and reviewed regularly for improvements in programs.
- Achievement of goals laid out in TRP’s current strategic plan.
- Effective coordination within the pillar and with other pillars to achieve organizational goals.
- Effective management of assigned budget(s).