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March 19, 2014.


Why We Need Workforce Housing in the Suburbs

By Cheryl Sommer, Director of Adult Faith Formation and Outreach, St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church

I vividly remember my shock in 1980 when I learned about “sundown towns” close to where I lived.   I was told that African-American people could come into the town to work the low-wage service jobs but couldn’t live there.  

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KIPP Victory Academy Opening August 2014 in West End Neighborhood
There is a free, new, public college-prep option for St Louis City residents with students that are enrolling in kindergarten or first grade this fall. Please click to read the full story and find out how to get involved with student recruitment, volunteering, or connecting your organization with this new option for our city’s families.  For the full story  click here

President Obama's 2015 budget calls for an increase in Housing Programs
The Obama Administration has proposed  in the White House budget $1 Billion towards a national housing trust fund that was created in 2008 but has not been funded.
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Low Income Tax Credits benefit area developers including CBN Members
The Missouri Housing Development Commission approved $137 million in state tax credits last week. CBN member DeSales Community Housing Corporation will receive $1.7 million in low-income tax credits for acquiring, building, and rehabbing of homes. CBN members Beyond Housing, Lemay Housing Partnership, and Rise also were allocated tax credits  For the full story click here. 



14th Annual St. Louis Earth Day Symposium
St. Louis Earth Day will host its Symposium entitled, "Regional Sustainability: Vision and Reality'" on April 1-2nd at the Powder Valley Nature Center.  For more information click here.

2014 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Chicago along with other regulators will host this event on March 30th-April 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL.  This conferemce will offer CRA exam training, community development tours of the Chicago area and more.  For more information click here

2014 NLIHC Housing Policy Conference
The National Low Income Housing Coalition hosts its annual policy conference on April 27th-30th in Washington, DC. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the organization and will reflect on the past 40 years and approaches for the future of solving low-income housing issues in America.  For more information click here.

EHOC's 17th Annual Fair Housing Training Conference
The Equal Housing and Opportunity Council will host their housing conference on April 4th from 8-4pm.  For more information click here.

Sustainability Conference
Webster University will host its third annual sustainability conference on April 10-11th discussing new approaches and challenges to present and future sustainability in the St. Louis region.  For more information click here.

Great Rivers Greenway Ped and Bike Webinar Series
Great Rivers Greenway partnered with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Transportation Engineering Association of Metro St. Louis  to host a series of webinars that are free and open to the public discussing a wide range of topics regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety.  For more information click here.  

Save the Date
Save the Date for the 2014 SLACO conference on November 1st at Harris Stowe State University's Early Childhood Center.  If you have any suggestions or looking to participate in the planning process  click here.


Community Development Academy
MU Extension’s Community Development Program to offer intensive, hands-on, 5 day courses to enhance your ability to work effectively with a wide array of community issues on March 24-28, 2014.  For more information click here.

Lead Positive: How Volunteer Managers Can See, Say and Do Their Way to Success
UMSL's School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers this course in their certificate in Volunteer Management program.  For more information click here.

How to Develop an Effective Board for Your Nonprofit Organization
UMSL's Nonprofit and Leadership Management program offers this course on March 27 from 1-5pm outlining avenues to improve board effectiveness and strengthen the relationship between board and senior staff.  For more information click here.

Contracts 101
The St. Louis City Community Development Administration is hosting the first workshop in its Non-Profit Capacity-Building Workshop Series.  The workshop is entitled "Contracts 101" and will be held on Monday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Representatives from the SLU Law Legal Clinic and a local attorney will present on the basics of contracts, contract drafting, and tips for non-profit organizations (including the value of recruiting board members with legal experience). The event is open to all non-profit organizations doing business in the City of St. Louis. To sign up for the training 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!

Women on a Mission Seek Grants to Impact College Hill
The grant deadline is March 31st. Applicant agencies must serve the College Hill area in St. Louis, Missouri. The focus areas for giving are Health, Human Services, Education, Arts, Civic, and the Environment. For grant information, click here.

Arts, Culture and Design In School Grant
The retailer Target, has funds available for programs that introduce arts and culture to elementary school children. For more information click here.
Executive Director
The Laclede's Landing Merchants Association seeks a part-time executive director. This position has the potential to become full-time.  The responsibilities of the executive director includes but is not limited to development and execution of a fundraising development plan, cultivating relationships with local media and city officials and manage social media content.  For more information click here.

Research Shows Housing Vouchers Reduce Hardship and Provide Platform for Long-Term Gains Among Children
Will Fisher, with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities discusses research outcomes on the  impact of the Housing Choice Voucher Program on families with children, disable individuals and other at-risk, poor households. For the full publication click here.
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