Become a VISTA Host Site

Welcome to the VISTA Strong Communities Program!

VISTA Strong Communities is a capacity-building partnership between CNHED and the AmeriCorps VISTA national service program. VISTA members are people from all walks of life who commit to serve for a full year with the end goal of finding long-term solutions to poverty. In pursuit of this goal, they work full-time at community-based organizations creating ways that address the needs of low- and moderate-income residents.

CNHED launched VISTA Strong Communities in 2018 and welcomed our first cohort of ten VISTA members in the spring of 2019.

Calling All Interested Host Sites! The 2022-2023 Host Application is Now Open!

Are you a local DC nonprofit working in the community economic development sector looking for a capacity-building volunteer to assist your organization around a specific project? CNHED’s VISTA Strong Communities program is currently recruiting 10-12 new (or returning) host sites for our upcoming 2022-2023 VISTA Cohort.

Sound interesting? Please email Dez Stuart at to access the application!

Why should a CNHED member participate in VISTA?

VISTA members are talented, passionate, civic-minded individuals your organization can use to turn its dreams into realities.

  • Not just an extra pair of hands, VISTA members work to make their host organizations’ programs sustainable, ensuring that the benefits continue after they leave
  • Each year, VISTA members nearly double every dollar invested in them
  • The VISTA program cultivates a new generation of community leaders – 70% of VISTA members serve in their hometown

Interested in hosting a VISTA?

What would your organization do if you had more time? More hands on deck? What could you do better, and what new and exciting projects might you take on? If you have an idea, then:

  • Look through our questions to consider page for eligibility
  • Review the pre-application document
  • Submit your application to our online portal!

Questions to Consider

Are you interested in hosting a VISTA?

A VISTA can be an incredible capacity-building asset for your organization, helping you
make lasting change that endures long after their term of service. If you believe you
would benefit from a VISTA, there are a few steps you’ll need to take.

Think about the project you’d like the VISTA to support.

  1. What are your main project goals and desired outcomes?
  2. How can the experience and knowledge of a VISTA member help you reach those goals?
  3. Does my organization have the resources to sustain the project, even after they leave?

What support can I provide to a VISTA candidate in return?

  1. The AmeriCorps program provides a living stipend, health care, and training, as well as an education stipend awarded after the VISTA completes their term of service
  2. VISTA Strong Communities host sites are asked to provide $1000 per month to offset the high cost of housing in DC. Is your organization able to provide this support?
  3. Can you organization provide workspace and internet access?
  4. Can your organization offer professional development opportunities?

Who will supervise the VISTA?

  1. Each VISTA is paired with an organizational supervisor who helps them fulfill their duties – who at your organization will take that on?
  2. Can you guarantee ongoing support from a direct supervisor?

Host Site Resources

October 2020

VISTA 101: Understanding VISTA

An online orientation to help you decide if VISTA is right for your organization.

October 2020

AmeriCorps VISTA: 30 Years of Research

30 years of research show that AmeriCorps VISTA members are talented, dedicated individuals whose service builds the capacity of community nonprofit organizations to improve economic outcomes.

Program Updates & VISTA Spotlight

Curious about what our VISTA members work on?

Each month, we’ll profile one of our VISTA members here, shining a spotlight on the amazing work that they do for the community. Check back regularly for more updates!

June 3, 2021

Farewell to our 2020 VISTA Cohort

As CNHED wraps up our 3rd program year with AmeriCorps VISTA,  we say farewell to our current cohort of VISTA volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to serve at our member organizations, empowering communities in the District. We thank you for your service and wish you all success in your next endeavor!

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April 2, 2021

Now Accepting Applications for VISTA Members

CNHED is now accepting applications from young professionals interested in participating on our upcoming 2021-2022 VISTA cohort.

Capacity Building/Training VISTA Strong Communities Program
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March 16, 2021

VISTA Spotlight: Selena Duvivier

As an AmeriCorps VISTA, Selena works with the Resident Services Team at the National Housing Trust, a nonprofit, affordable housing developer.

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January 5, 2021

CNHED 2020 Annual Report

The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED) is excited to share our 2020 Annual Report that outlines not only our accomplishments throughout the year, but also forecasts our future work in 2021.

Advocacy CNHED Updates DC Community Anchor Partnership DC Landlord Partnership Events Housing Impact/Case Study Public Policy Small Business VISTA Strong Communities Program Workforce Development
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November 17, 2020

VISTA Spotlight: Erin Doolin

As an AmeriCorps VISTA, Erin works with the Corporate Development Team at Manna, Inc, a nonprofit, affordable housing developer.

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November 17, 2020

VISTA Spotlight: Susanna Penfield

Susanna began her AmeriCorps VISTA term at the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA), in anticipation of the NACEDA Summit 2020.

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