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Saint Louis Community Builders Exchange

August 7, 2013


It Ain't What You Do. It is the Way you Do it.

By Kay Gasen, Director, Community Partnership Project, University of Missouri-St. Louis

That's the title of an old calypso song recorded by Ella Fitzgerald and Harry James in the 1930's, with some recent adaptations. But it is a lesson...

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IFF Celebrates 25 Years with New Strategic Plan to Provide Comprehensive Support for Communities
IFF celebrates 25 years of serving and assisting nonprofits combat challenges in healthcare, urban education and quality affordable housing. Over the next 5 years, they look to combine financing with real estate knowledge to support comprehensive community change. For powerpoint on strategic plan click here.  

2014 HUD Appropriations Bills Stall in House and Senate
The House of Representatives pulled their THUD appropriations bill which would have cut $10 billion from HUD. A more favorable bill in the Senate hit roadblock to consideration. For the full story click here.

Shaw, Grand Oak Hill, and Southwest Garden Explore Joining Forces to Serve Larger Community
Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation, Grand Oak Hill Community Corporation(Tower Grove South) and Southwest Neighborhood Housing Corporation (Southwest Garden) seeks joint resources from HUD to increase housing development and neighborhood improvement with a reach of approximately 28,000 individuals. For the full story click here.

President Obama Outlines Proposal for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
President Obama called for an overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's current operation and voiced support for a bipartisan bill in the Senate on this issue. For the full story click here.


Solutions 2013
The Center for Housing Policy and partners are holding this national conference on state and local housing policy September 16-18. For more information click here

Neighborhood Change in St. Louis 1970-2010
Todd Swanstrom, Des Lee Professor at UMSL, and Hank Webber, Executive Vice Chancellor at WUSTL, present on their analysis of neighborhood change in St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum October 10th at 7pm.


Neighborhood Leadership Academy
UMSL's Community Partnership Project is offering the Neighborhood Leadership Academy which runs from September 5th-November 21st.  The academy combines hands-on training with seminars, discussions and personal projects to create effective neighborhood leaders.   For more information click here.

Landlord Training Program
UMSL's School of Professional & Continuing Studies will offer this program on August 22nd and 29th from 6-9pm. This course is designed to teach participants how to identify good rental investments, how to find and select quality tenants, and more.  For more information click here.

Accounting for Non-Accountants
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program offers Accounting for Non-Accountants on September 19th from 3-5pm. For more information click here.

Affordable Housing and Mixed-Income Community Management
The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University will offer this certificate program discussing successful property management skills and strategies for sustainable growth, beginning August 12.  For more information click here.

HOME Funds Training
RHCDA is holding a training session on strategic use of HOME funds for home repair in partnership with Lemay Housing Partnership. For more information click here.



The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is a partnership between the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, the St. Louis Home Repair Network, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to bring you quality up-to-date community development information. Look for the St. Louis Community Builders Exchange every other Wednesday morning!

Great Rivers Greenway Grant
Great Rivers Greenway is accepting applications to fund community events and programming.  The online application deadline is September 29.  For more information click here.

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant
This HUD grant looks to invest in the implementation of comprehensive community development plans that work to replace distressed public housing, improve educational outcomes, improve conditions in neighborhoods to encourage reinvestment, and other community improvement activities.  For more information click here.

Director of Lending 
IFF is looking for a Director of Lending to be based out of St. Louis and cover Missouri and central/southern Illinois. For the full job description click here

racial Disparities and the St. Louis Housing Market 
OneSTL commissioned EHOC to conduct a Fair Housing Equity assessment of the current conditions of the St.Louis housing market. OneSTL is a result of St. Louis receiving a $4.7 million planning grant for creating sustainable neighborhoods in the region. This assessment will report on how the region is addressing racial disparities in the housing market and how OneSTL and it's partners can address the disparity. For the full publication click here.

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