As an AmeriCorps VISTA, Brandi works on the Housing Development and Genesis Intergenerational programs at Mi Casa, Inc., to establish and manage a database that tracks outcomes for the affordable housing work of each program. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brandi is working with the Housing Development team to create a digital “TOPA Toolkit,” a series of online resources that compliment Mi Casa’s virtual trainings with residents in building their capacity to become effective cooperative owners of their homes, all while maintaining their affordability. At Genesis, a program that builds a network of neighborly support between young families and elderly residents, Brandi supports efforts to keep residents connected during this period of social distancing by facilitating virtual check-ins and the formation of a Genesis Resident Council that fosters a residential community of mutual support during this period of increased isolation.
As a part of Mi Casa’s efforts to prevent displacement of low-income and long-term residents, Brandi is currently implementing a Twitter campaign called “This Day in Affordable Housing History” that chronicles the historical legislation around affordable housing and how it has impacted racial equity. This series draws attention to the ties between racial equity and affordable housing and allows Mi Casa to highlight what can be done today to improve the equity of housing for everyone. In addition to this campaign, Brandi is working with the communications manager to build a sustainable communication strategy for Mi Casa that uses social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and other blog posts to highlight the impactful stories of co-op members and residents from Mi Casa-owned affordable rental units, and to share COVID-19 community rebuilding resources and other housing assistance resources with their community.
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