AmeriCorps – Resident Services



Job Summary

About Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

As Nashville’s public housing authority, Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency’s (MDHA) mission is to create affordable housing opportunities, support neighborhoods, strengthen communities, and help build a greater Nashville.


AmeriCorps at MDHA

When you join AmeriCorps, you use your energy, skills, and talents to help others. Plus, you’ll support your community, learn to be a leader, and gain real job skills. AmeriCorps is a national volunteer program that supports hundreds of service members across the country every year, providing a living allowance and other benefits while you give back to the community.  

Job Responsibilities

Position Summary: MDHA is recruiting six (6) AmeriCorps State and National members who will serve residents under the direction of resident services staff for one year in three primary areas: 1) workforce development, 2) eviction prevention, and 3) health and wellness. 


Workforce Development

  1. This member will serve residents from MDHA’s Envision Center, an initiative premised on the notion that financial support alone is insufficient to solve the problem of poverty. Intentional and collective efforts across a diverse set of organizations are needed to implement a holistic approach to foster long-lasting self-sufficiency.


  1. This member will serve residents with a focus on empowering individuals with hard and soft skills in workforce development.


Eviction Prevention

  1. This member will assist residents who amassed rent arrearages during the COVID-19 pandemic eviction moratorium and connect them to community resources and other eviction prevention assistance.


  1. This member will help develop a housekeeping program to support elderly and disabled residents with basic housekeeping tasks to ensure safe and sanitary housing for eviction prevention.


Health and Wellness

  1. This member will serve residents with a focus on promoting well-being practices as foundational to pursuing career and financial empowerment goals. This member will help residents identify self-care practices to empower them with healthy habits to improve quality of life.


  1. This member will serve residents through a mentorship program focused on middle school girls and their parents to help prepare them for high school success.


Qualifications: The program is designed for entry-level or experience professionals.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Interests: Communications, Computers and Technology, Organization, Leadership, Writing/Editing

Minimum Requirements: Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (1,700 hours between November 1, 2021 – October 31, 2022); High School Degree, experience can be accepted in lieu of education; Valid driver’s license; Reliable access to transportation (Members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage.); Authorized to work within the United States; National Service Criminal History Check clearance; and must maintain regular attendance at a work site. 


Physical Requirements: Lift and carry up to 20-30lbs; Responsibilities in the position may entail sitting and standing for extended periods of time; Office or service environment is wheelchair accessible, may include noisy environments; Service responsibilities require moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another. Must have the ability to perform the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.




MDHA will offer preference to candidates who are from Nashville, who are current or past MDHA residents, or who have strong familiarity with the demographic communities in which MDHA operates.


Applicants hired in these AmeriCorps State and National positions will be considered temporary employees of MDHA will have to complete a conditional pre-employment process. MDHA is a drug-free workplace. This project is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee, Volunteer Tennessee. AmeriCorps State and National members will serve residents through a trauma-informed approach and help build the body of evidence with this practice in strengthening communities.


This AmeriCorps program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, military service status or any other legally protected status.

Additional Information


  • $6,345 education award, upon completion of service year
  • Healthcare insurance equivalent to Bronze-level health coverage through

How to Apply

All candidates must apply at


Contact Information

Vanessa Melius, MDHA Senior Grant Development Specialist, (615) 780-7085


  • Date Posted: August 24, 2021
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 11/01/2021
  • Salary Range: $15,485 living allowance, paid in bi-weekly increments
  • Working Hours: 7:30am to 4pm Monday - Friday, some evenings and weekends