VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program focused on eliminating poverty. Conceived by President Kennedy as a domestic counterpart to the Peace Corps, VISTA was started by President Johnson in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty. VISTA joined the AmeriCorps umbrella under the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in 1993. The core principles of VISTA include community empowerment, capacity-building, and sustainable solutions. Any nonprofit organization, educational institution, or tribal or public agency that has a program explicitly designed to alleviate poverty may apply to become a VISTA project sponsor.
What is Homes for All VISTA?
Homes for All VISTA is the second national service program to be administered by the Homeless & Housing Coalition of Kentucky (HHCK). Our VISTA project is funded through a grant received from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Since June of 2016, HHCK has hosted VISTA members to serve across Kentucky. The focus of Homes for All VISTA is primarily on Economic Opportunity.
Our partner sites serve those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, economically disadvantaged, individuals with disabilities, and survivors of domestic violence. Our primary focus is to address the affordable housing crisis through housing development, repair, and provision of housing and homeless services. The sites we partner with will also provide services to children, individuals seeking substance abuse treatment, mental health services, healthcare, education, food security, and employment. These are supports essential to acquiring, securing, or maintaining housing.