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April 13, 2016


“The Least of These”: Life-on-Life Community Development
By Dr. Terry M. Goodwin, Founder and Executive Director of Sun Ministries
In Matthew chapter 25 Jesus tells a story about how we should treat people. In this story he states:
"'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.”
When we approach our problems in the neighborhoods we serve we must never lose sight of the "least of these." For many people their work is dedicated to helping provide for the "least of these." We help them with food, housing, utilities, clothing and many other necessities of life. Yet after decades of hard work our problems persist. To care for someone is a noble venture but to provide for their self-sufficiency is a greater good.
Many charitable efforts are offered as a program or a class. This approach to our work misses the need for life-on-life interaction. What the "least of these" needs is a family, a community, a network of people who will care for them and empower them to be all that God designed them to be. They don't just need this Monday - Friday from 8 – 5; they need this 24/7.

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The 2016 Community Builders network Annual Awards Reception
On March 31, the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis hosted its Annual Awards Reception at T-Rex in Downtown St. Louis. The reception drew in over 200 attendees to honor those who are making a difference in St. Louis' communities. Rise also awarded the winners of their 2016 collaborative grant. To see some of the photos from this year's event, click here. To read more about the award winners, click here.

Can a spy agency change north St. Louis?
After the preliminary announcement that NGA West would maintain its headquarters in St. Louis City, the Post-Dispatch shared this article highlighting the impact the NGA has had on the St. Louis community. The article also discusses the possibility of the NGA being a catalyst for other developments in north St. Louis City. To read the full article from the Post-Dispatch, click here.

Kranzberg Foundation to establish arts incubator in Grand Center
The Kranzberg Foundation plans to open a new performing arts incubator in the Cadillac Building in Grand Center. The building, to be renamed .ZACK, will include a 200 seat theater, restaurant, offices and apartments. This article from the Post-Dispatch also notes that the Kranzbergs will continue to operate the Kranzberg Arts Center and the Marcelle Theater. To read more on this story, click here.

TGNCDC Selects David Bailey to Redevelop Long Vacant Gas Station Site at 4175 Shaw
In 2013, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC purchased an old gas station in the Shaw neighborhood and worked to clean up the contaminated site for a potential new tenant. This week, TGNCDC announced that David Bailey would redevelop and open up a smaller scale Baily's Range restaurant at the site. To read more details on this story, click here.

Bevo Mill - the south St. Louis landmark - up for sale
St. Louis City's Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) is seeking proposals to lease or purchase the Bevo Mill building at Gravois and Morganford and is hosting an open house of the building on April 14. This article from the Post-Dispatch describes the LCRA's effort and highlights some of the history of the building, including its ties August A. Busch Sr. To read the full article, click here.

St. Louis celebrates National Blues Museum debut
After around five years of planning, the National Blue Museum opened in Downtown St. Louis on earlier this month. The museum features a comprehensive history of the blues throughout the entire country, including the history that took place here in St. Louis. To read more about the new museum, click here.

Public Housing Jobs Program is Springboard to "Big Goals"
NextCity published this article last week on the HUD's Jobs Plus program. The article highlighted the impact the program is having here in St. Louis at Clinton-Peabody housing just south of Downtown St. Louis. The program is training Clinton-Peabody residents to become childcare professionals. The program is being run through the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE). To read more on this story, click here.

Study looks at how to make Cortex area 'car-optional' with new Metrolink station

Several efforts are underway to make the Cortex Innovation District more accommodating to car-free transit options. Last week, an urban design firm announced the findings of a study that looked into ways to make Cortex a "car-optional" area. Cortex also recently won a federal grant to support the construction of a new Metrolink station at Boyle Avenue and has announced plans for a bike path in the district. To read more on this development, click here.

JPMorgan Chase Launches $125 Million, Five-Year Initiative to Drive Economic Opportunity in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods
JPMorgan Chase has recently launched a new initiative called PRO Neighborhoods which intends to invest in efforts to revitalize neighborhoods. This article describes how the economic recovery has aided the revival of commercial districts, but many disadvantaged neighborhoods have been left behind. As a result, a portion of the funding for this initiative will go towards support low-income communities. To read more on this story, click here

$174 Million for First Year of National Housing Trust Fund
HUD announced the National Housing Trust Fund, the first new affordable housing program in almost a generation, will receive nearly $174 Million. Allocations to individual states are planned to be made later this spring with resources to be drawn upon as early as summer. To read more on the National Housing Trust Fund, click here. 

Senator Cantwell Proposes 50% increase in Low Income Housing Tax Credits
At an event with A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition and Washington Mayors, Sen. Cantwell announced she will introduce legislation to expand and reform the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). The Senator's proposal to increase LIHTC is in her report on addressing challenges of affordable housing. Click here to read the report. 

St. Louis Choice Neighborhoods Master Plan Released
At the March Community Update Meeting, Urban Strategies released the Master Plan for the Near North Side Choice Neighborhoods. To view the presentation on this plan click here (opens a PDF).


Achieving a Sustainable Energy Future
On April 13 and 14 the Saint Louis University Center for Global Citizenship will host this conference on sustainability, energy, innovation and policy. For more information about this event, click here.

Educating Voters and Candidates on Housing Issues
On Monday April 18, the National Low Income Housing Coalition is hosting this webinar at 1pm. For more information about this webinar and to register, click here.

Scaling US Community Investing: Overcoming the Challenge of Proving Impact
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is hosting this webinar on April 28th as part of the Exploring Innovation in Community Development series. This webinar will feature ways in which organizations are documenting the social impact of their investments. For more information on this upcoming event, click here.

St. Louis is Aging: Are we ready?
East-West Gateway is hosting this event as part of a series highlighting the Where We Stand report. This event will take place on May 4th at the St. Louis Library in Downtown. For more information, click here.

2016 Grace Hill Solutions Breakfast
On May 4th, Grace Hill will host its annual Solutions Breakfast at the Missouri History Museum. This event will focus on the connection between neighborhoods and health. For more information and to register, click here.



Slow Your Streets - An Introduction to Trailnet's New Traffic Calming Lending Library
Trailnet is hosting this training session on their new Traffic Calming Lending Library concept and how-to guide for conducting Traffic Calming in St. Louis communities. This session will take place on April 22 at Trailnet's office in Downtown St. Louis. Registration is free, but space is limited to 20 attendees. For more information, click here.

How to Develop and Sustain an Effective Engaged Nonprofit Board
On May 19th, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program at UMSL is hosting this workshop at the JC Penney Conference Center. This workshop will be lead by John McClusky and will feature several local panelists including Faith Sandler of the Scholarship Foundation, Jessica Eiland of Northside Community Housing, and Andrew Thorp of Miriam: the Learning Disabilities Experts. For more information about this event and to register, click here.


April 19
Save the Date: St. Louis CREA's 10th Annual Fair Housing Month Kick-Off Celebration

April 23
Park Central Development's 3rd Annual Spring Gala

April 23-30
St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force's Money Smart Week


The Community Builders Exchange would like to highlight a map relevant to community development in each issue. Please let us know if you have a map that would be of interest to our readers.

This week, we are sharing maps on the place of residence for people who work near the current NGA site. To view this week's map, click here. To view maps from previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here


The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is put out by the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, with the support of the Des Lee Collaborative Vision at UMSL, to bring you quality up-to-date community development information, analysis, and opinion.

CDFI Program
The CDFI Program is an opportunity for financial assistance and technical assistance for CDFIs and certifiable CDFIs. The deadline to apply for this program is April 18. For more information, click here.

10,000 Small Businesses Program
Goldman Sachs is accepting applications for this program for small businesses. Through this program small businesses can learn management practices, receive support services and access to funding. The deadline to apply for this program ends on April 20. For more information, click here.

Neighborhood Assistance Program
The Missouri Department of Economic Development is accepting applications for the Neighborhood Assistance Program for community based organizations. Organizations can apply for up to $250,000 in 50% tax credits or more depending on the community's location. The deadline to submit an application is April 22. For more information, click here.

Local Food Promotion Program
The US Department of Agriculture is offering this grant to support the development or expansion of businesses selling locally grown produce. This grant is open to businesses, nonprofits, networks and associations that are working to promote the consumption of local produce. The deadline to apply for this grant ends on May 12. For more information, click here.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Home$tart Program
The FHLB of Des Moines opened its Home$tart and Home$tart Plus program on February 1. FHLB Des Moines bank members will have the opportunity to reserve up to $100,000 per program in 2016 to promote homeownership in the community. Members can receive up to $5,000 per eligible household through Home$tart or $10,000 per eligible household through Home$tart Plus to assist owner-occupant homebuyers with down payment and closing cost assistance. Nonprofit organizations can work with banks to serve residents through this program. For more information, click here

Sam's Club Community Grant Program
The Walmart Foundation's Community Grant Program is accepting applications for grants ranging $250 to $2,500. Applicants should operate within the service area of a Walmart, Sam's Club or other Walmart facility. Applications will be accepted through December 31. For more information, click here.
Community Development Coordinator
Northside Community Housing, Inc. is seeking a Community Development Coordinator to help manage its "Make it Home" program, leasing and support services, and other responsibilities. For more information about this position, click here.

Assistant Director for Campus & Community Partnerships
Washington University is seeking an Assistant Director for Campus and Community Partnerships for the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. This position will oversee partnerships and communications with non-profit and civic organizations throughout the St. Louis region. For more information about this position, click here (Job ID 33038).

CBN Community Development Specialist
The Community Builders Network is seeking a Community Development Specialist. The deadline to apply for this position ends on April 13. For the full job description, click here (opens a PDF)

Planning Specialist
St. Louis County's Office of Strategy + Innovation is seeking a senior level Planning Specialist to research, develop and manage planning and public policy projects. To apply for this position, click here.

Geography and Life Expectancy are Linked for Low-Income Americans
A new study out by Stanford Economist, Raj Chetty, looks at the correlations between place and life expectancy at a regional level. The research suggests that, for those with lower incomes, living in certain cities is associated with lower life expectancies. A summary article from CityLab notes that a low-income resident of New York generally tends to live 6 years longer than a resident of Detroit with the same income level. To read the summary article from CityLab, click here. To read the full study, click here.

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