In support of its mission, LUCHA is developing 45 more units of affordable housing through its Tierra Linda development. Tierra Linda will incorporate cutting-edge designs for energy efficiency, as well as tenant programming for health and wellness. Through the generous support from Enterprise Community Partners, LUCHA was awarded a two-year grant to develop a Health and Wellness Fellow position. The candidate will create programming, organize communities and measure outcomes toward local health and wellness objectives as they relate to healthy housing. The Health and Wellness Fellow will combine energy, compassion, and enthusiasm for healthy housing and communities to carry out responsibilities in some or all of the following functional areas:
Role and Responsibilities
- Implement strategies related to LUCHA’s Health Action Plan, monitor and document outcomes.
- Report to Enterprise Community Partners as part of the Enterprise Green Communities certification process.
- Meet one-on-one with tenants and program participants to provide direct wellness support and education; inform tenants on self-care, healthy living, gardening, biking or other wellness initiatives as they relate to affordable housing living; report to LUCHA’s Health Action Committee on LUCHA’s healthy housing initiatives.
- Provide programmatic support to LUCHA’s residents by assessing their needs, setting goals, and intervening with evidence-based practice models such as, but not limited to, motivational interviewing, task-centered approach, stages of change, and solutions-focused approaches.
- Develop and implement evaluation tools to measure and monitor salient tenant health outcomes; develop sustainable and long-term healthy housing practices to request future funding.
- Provide LUCHA tenants referrals to community services such as medical care, mental health care, senior services, physical fitness or park activities and other community-based convenings.
- Liaise with partner agencies to maintain referrals to LUCHA Wellness programs; broaden LUCHA’s relationships with health professionals and institutions.
- Maintain electronic and physical files/documents for Enterprise Community Partners program requirements; lead all program audits and compliance reviews; send reports to Enterprise Community Partners as required.
- As needed, orient new tenants and make sure that they understand LUCHA health and wellness initiatives.
- Organize tenants and the Tenant Councils; build leadership, foster community, and plan workshops and wellness events for residents.
- Identify new program opportunities and funding sources with the Director of Development.
- Duties as assigned by the Executive Director and Asset Manager.