As I wrote about in my previous post, I joined AmeriCorps VISTA to join a nonprofit that fights poverty in the United States. My colleagues work all over the United States with different non-profits like at Upper Tennessee River Roundtable and the Clinch River Valley Initiative in Abingdon or are involved in organizations like Boys and Girls Club. I chose to work with Habitat here in Washington County where I had the opportunity to oversee event projects like Earth Day and help write grants. Every day, I worked on multiple projects and helped around the office.
I got to learn about how many people need affordable alternative housing. In a Housing Virginia Report, 26% of households living in Southwest Virginia live in homes that cost more than 30% of their income. From the perspective of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, those families are housing cost burdened.