Westminster AmeriCorps job remains without an applicant Person hired would work on housing for homeless

September 13, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

As an important deadline nears, the city of Westminster is having trouble finding someone to fill an AmeriCorps position with the Office of Housing and Community Development.

"We've been advertising the position for quite a while but haven't been able to find anyone," said Karen K. Blandford, manager of the office. "We're really up against the wall because training starts [this] week."

Three people applied for the position, which offers a chance to learn about state outreach programs. One candidate was not qualified; the other two took jobs elsewhere.

The job provides a living allowance of $8,430 for 11 months of full-time work, Blandford said. In addition to the allowance, the successful applicant will receive health benefits and a $4,725 education grant, which may be used for tuition or to pay off student loans.

There are no written qualifications that applicants must meet. However, the city is seeking someone who is energetic, compassionate, organized and has reliable transportation.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for someone who's looking to go back to college or learn more about the helping programs that are out there," Blandford said.

This is the second year of the position in Westminster. This year's AmeriCorps volunteer will work in the Office of Housing and Community Development three days a week, and at the Family Shelter two days a week. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work on group projects with other AmeriCorps workers from across the state.

The Family Shelter opened in 1989 and is run by Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. Each year, the shelter serves about 21 homeless families -- usually both parents and their children, Blandford said.

The AmeriCorps position is funded by the city of Westminster, the federal government and the Center for Poverty Solutions.

AmeriCorps is a community service program -- similar to the Peace Corps -- modeled on the GI Bill, a 1944 law that paid for the education of millions of veterans.

Information and application: 410-876-6322.

Pub Date: 9/13/98

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