Community Partnerships Coordinator 

at SCHA Davis

Project Type: AmeriCorps VISTA
Program Code: 15VSPCA011

Start Date: April 11, 2022
End Date: April 10, 2023

Term of Service: Full-Time

Organization Overview: Low-income cooperative housing non-profit in Davis, CA that confronts and critiques systems of oppression through ecological awareness, inclusive self-governance, and alternative economic models. 

Program Description: SCHA’s affordable housing cooperatives are shared living-learning spaces that empower low-income residents (or “members”) to educate themselves, organize, and inspire community. Its co-ops strive to be a safer and more accessible space for people with marginalized identities while simultaneously creating space to unlearn oppressive behaviors. SCHA houses 88-90 co-op residents between six co-op houses with 7-15 residents each and “The Domes” – a co-housing community of 26 residents housed in 13 two-bedroom experimental dome homes. SCHA leases three houses (the Tri Co-ops) and The Domes from UC Davis, and owns three off-campus houses. Approximately 85% of all SCHA members are currently students at UC Davis. 

The 501(c)(3) organization consists of a resident-led Board of Directors and 8 separate subcommittees focused on governance, finance, maintenance, leasing and outreach, land stewardship, communications, conflict resolution, and fundraising and alumni engagement. Each co-op elects its own representatives to serve on the Board and committees, providing an opportunity for every resident to get involved in the nonprofit’s collective democratic self-governance. The co-ops set their own rent, community rules, and administrative procedures, among other standards. They also create community agreements, share food, and cook meals together as houses.

Accepting applications from: Jan. 17, 2022

Application deadline: March 11, 2022

Benefits offered by AmeriCorps:

  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Choice of education award or end of service stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of service
  • Health coverage*
  • Living allowance
  • Relocation allowance
  • Training

What will the AmeriCorps VISTA member do?

The AmeriCorps VISTA will serve as SCHA’s Community Partnerships Coordinator. They will work with staff, committees, and volunteers to strengthen SCHA’s relationships with UC Davis, the City of Davis, and the wider community to provide residents/”members” with support connecting with local organizations that can provide resources to help them meet their basic needs (like food) as well as academic, professional, financial, and social resources to enhance their experience living at the co-ops. Emphasis will be placed on:

  • UC Davis professors, student clubs, and departments
  • The Sustainable Living & Learning Communities (SLLC) at UC Davis
  • SCHA Alumni
  • Donors (including alumni)
  • Community groups
  • Local nonprofits and government agencies

This will include supporting SCHA’s own Food Justice Initiative by identifying opportunities to garner volunteers, material resources, and food-production knowledge from partner organizations.

You can learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program here: 

Questions about this specific opportunity? Contact Jason Sullivan-Halpern at or (916) 642-9447.

You can apply for this opportunity through the AmeriCorps website here: