Story of The Week 3/30/2017
Beyond The Numbers
By Liz Znamierowski, HVC Resident Services Member with Housing Vermont
Because my service term thus far has been focused mainly on a quantitative, data driven approach--I haven't had the chance to interact personally with the individuals who will hopefully be receiving the benefits of our project in the long term. Nevertheless, I have made many valuable (and sometimes surprising!) connections. These connections remind me and reinforce constantly that the world of service, and particularly that of affordable housing, is intertwined in the most unique of ways.
In early December I was able to visit one of the Housing Vermont job sites that is currently under construction - 95 North Ave. in Burlington-- the site of the new Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) building. While there I got to walk around the site with a Senior Project Manager--observing the progress made so far, and envisioning the completed space. I met several members of the construction staff along with the COTS facilities director.
After introducing myself to the facilities director, I mentioned my AmeriCorps project through Housing Vermont. To my surprise, the facilities director said that prior to working in his current position; he had worked in eviction prevention--the service role that I am in! We had the chance to talk generally about his experience in the role and he offered me some valuable advice for starting out. Since then, I've had the opportunity to talk with and email with the facilities director, and his excitement and encouragement about the eviction prevention initiative at Housing Vermont has been wonderful.