Organizer leading general meeting
Organizers leading a presentation
Tenant speaking with BASTA staff


We are a team of tenants, organizers, attorneys, and paralegals working to create a future where all Austinites have access to healthy and affordable housing.


We are always looking for talented and passionate folks to join our team.


Check back regularly for updated opportunities to help us achieve our mission.

Community organizer position

VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP)

These positions would be funded through the VISTA program and all compensation is through that program.  Living allowances can be found here.



We are welcoming anyone who is interested in this position to send us a resume and brief cover letter to We are looking to fill this position ASAP – please don’t delay if you are interested.




The duties and activities of the VAHPP Community Organizer with BASTA include the following:

 Visit Project-based Section 8 U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) – assisted properties and increase tenants’ knowledge of their rights, responsibilities, and options for preserving their homes and improving their communities.

 Help residents organize to ensure that their property owners renew their Section 8 contracts to retain affordable housing for their community.

 Assist residents in requesting repairs, meeting with property managers, and reporting substandard conditions, as needed, to Code enforcement. Monitor responsiveness and follow up as needed.

 Develop additional, creative strategies and actions, as needed, to get property owners to make repairs, needed improvements.

 Work with attorneys and to identify properties where litigation could be a useful strategy to effectuate repairs and help communicate with residents so that they can remain actively engaged in any initiated litigation.

 Document outreach activities and compile data to track outcomes and efficacy of the project.

 All other duties assigned




 Bilingual in English and Spanish.

 1+ years outreach and community engagement experience.

 Dedication to economic, gender, social and racial justice.

 Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people, including residents and property owners.

 Strong organizational skills.

 Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

 Creative problem-solver.

 Willingness to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.


 Knowledge of housing issues and/or landlord-tenant law.

 Personal experience with low-income housing.

 Experience leading workshops and trainings.

 Experience working with both conventional and social media.

 Computer proficiency in Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and willingness to develop additional skills. Knowledge of GIS a plus.


Additional Information:

At-Risk Section 8 Properties

About Equal Justice Works

National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT)



language justice volunteers

BASTA Language Justice Initiative

We work with linguistically diverse tenants and want to be able to communicate with everyone.  We have a commitment to language justice and strive to provide interpretation at every meeting in the languages of all participants.  This can get expensive, though, so to make this sustainable, we need volunteers to help with translation and interpretation.



Assistance is needed in translating flyers, educational materials and media projects, interpreting at tenant meetings, and helping with BASTA outreach activities.


Volunteers will be contacted based on need.  Currently, we need support in Pashto, Farsi, Arabic and Vietnamese.  We sincerely appreciate all offers of assistance.



Please only submit responses for languages that you are fluent/proficient in.



BASTA is a non-profit project dedicated to helping Austin renters work together to improve the conditions of their homes and communities.