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September 16, 2015

FROM THE FIELD

Fulfilling the Promise of the Fair Housing Act

By Will Jordan, Executive Director of the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Council

From access to good schools and healthy food, to proximity to jobs and transportation, where we live impacts almost every aspect of our lives.  The Obama administration’s new Fair Housing policy will help ensure that all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, family status or disability – have a range of choices about where to live.  In a metropolitan region with numerous school systems and over three hundred political subdivisions, housing mobility is extremely important.  Low- to moderate-income families should be able move to better school districts.  Much of their children’s lives will be determined by where they go to school and the neighborhood in which they grow up. 

To read more on this story, click here.


We invite readers to contribute to the civic conversation about community development in St. Louis by writing an op-ed for the Community Builders Exchange. Op-eds should be short (400-700 words) and provocative. If you have an idea for an op-ed, contact Todd Swanstrom at swanstromt@umsl.edu
 
With report in Governor's Hands, Ferguson Commissioners Look to Future
On Monday, the Ferguson Commission presented Governor Jay Nixon with their nearly 200 page report, entitled "Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity." The commission also released a new interactive website. To view that website, click here. St. Louis Public Radio also shared this article describing the new report, which includes audio of an older interview with Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure and audio of their presentation from Monday.

Responding to Ferguson: What Works, What Doesn't
On Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shared five commentaries in response to the Ferguson Commission's report released Monday. The commentaries were written by several professors and researchers from the University of Missouri St. Louis, Washington University, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. To read a summary of all five commentaries, click here. A commentary from UMSL professor, Todd Swanstrom, calls for investing in a community development support system. To read that commentary, click here.

The Sustainable Market Projects Marketplace
OneSTL has created a new Sustainable Projects Marketplace, a searchable online database of community building efforts in the St. Louis area. While the database includes many efforts already, you can send in details of projects or programs not currently on the list. For more information about this new Marketplace, click here


Save the Date - Night Out for Neighborhoods
In early September, DeSales Community Housing announced they would host their annual Night Out for Neighborhoods and Better Neighborhood Awards event on October 22. The event will honor individuals, organizations, and projects that have improved St. Louis' neighborhoods. To read more about this event, click here

Homeowners tell their stories of life and revitalization in North St. Louis
Yesterday, KWMU's St. Louis On The Air shared an interview with residents and stakeholders of North St. Louis. Many revitalization efforts are underway in the north side, and long-time residents have played an important role in fostering neighborhood change. This interview listens to the perspectives of three long-time residents. To read a summary of their interview or listen to the recorded show, click here.


Carr Square Celebrates 50 Years
On this year's Labor Day weekend, current and former residents of the Carr Square neighborhood came out to celebrate its history and community. The St. Louis American published an article on the speakers and on those who were honored at this event. To read about the event that took place, click here

City of St. Louis Home Buyers to Benefit from $4.75 Million HomeLIFT
The City of St. Louis shared a press release about HomeLIFT, a program that will help make purchasing a home more affordable for families with incomes under 120% of the local median income. Much of the funding from this program will go towards down payment assistance. On September 25 and 26, WellsFargo, Beyond Housing and the City of St. Louis will host an event for interested homebuyers. To read more on this program and the upcoming event, click here


Will SSM tear down the old Desloge Tower?
Last week, SSM announced they would invest $500 million towards a new St. Louis University Hospital which would be completed by 2020. Uncertain in this announcement is the fate of the iconic Desloge Tower. To read about this development as described by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, click here

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

APBP Professional Development Seminar
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is hosting its Professional Development Seminar this year in St. Louis September 28 through October 1. Late registration ends on September 16. For more information, click here.

2015 Alliance National Conference
This year's Alliance National Conference is being held in downtown St. Louis at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. The conference spans three days from October 14 through October 16. Terrence Roberts, one of the "Little Rock Nine," is the event's keynote speaker. Included among this event's sponsors are two CBN members, Grace Hill Settlement House and the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation. For more information about this conference and to register, click here.

2015 SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference

SLACO has announced it's 2015 Regional Neighborhood Conference will take place this year on November 14 at the Emerson Performance Center of Harris-Stowe State University. For more information about this year's conference, click here.

Building an Effective Fundraising Organization
Between January 22 and September 23 of 2016, the Brown School of Social Work is hosting a CEO seminar series on how to build an effective fundraising organizations. This seminar series is intended for organizations with annual revenues between $500,000 and $2 million. For more information, click here.

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

Techniques for Designing and Leading Better Meetings for Volunteer Managers
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program is hosting a workshop for volunteer managers interested in learning how to design fewer and more meaningful meetings. The workshop will take place September 25. For more information and to register, click here.

CDA NOFA Workshop
On September 25, the City of St. Louis' Community Development Administration (CDA) will host an application workshop for those interested in applying for this year's cycle of CDBG and HOME funding. For more information, click here

Civic Technology and Community Development Workshop
On September 25, CBN and Rise will host this workshop at the O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex. The workshop will discuss ways in which technology can support community development work in the region. For more information, click here.

EVENTS

September 25
Skinker DeBaliviere- Movie Night!

Wells Fargo - HomeLIFT

 

KNOW YOUR REGION
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.

In this week's edition, we are sharing six maps related to the calls to action issued this week by the Ferguson Commission. The maps look at health insurance coverage, unemployment, poverty, income, and educational attainment (there are two maps for this last topic). To view these maps, click here. To view maps from previous editions, click here.


 

WHO WE ARE

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!

Safe Places to Play Grant
The US Soccer Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for the Safe Places to Play Program. This grant is awarded to programs that support soccer programs and soccer fields in urban areas. Grants of up to $50,000 are available. Letters of Inquiry must be submitted by September 25. For more information, click here.

CCHD Community Development Grants
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has announced the availability of grant dollars for community development projects and organizations addressing poverty. Grants range from $25,000 to $75,000. Pre-applications will be accepted between September 1 and November 1. For more information, click here.

DED Neighborhood Assistance Program
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED)is accepting applications for Round 2 of its Neighborhood Assistance Program. Applications must be submitted to the DED by Friday, September 25. For more information and to apply, click here.

Ben and Jerry's Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program
Ben and Jerry's through its Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program is offering grants of up to $20,000 for nonprofit organizations working to determine solutions to community problems. The deadline to apply for this year's grant cycle is October 15. For more information on this program, click here.

Rise 2016 Collaborative Grant
On Monday, Rise announced it would begin accepting applications for the 2016 Rise Collaborative Grant. Funding is available for CDCs working in much of the St. Louis area. Letters of intent for this grant are due by October 16. For more information, click here

St. Louis County CDBG
St. Louis County's Office of Community Development is accepting applications for the FY16 round of CDBG funding. Applications are due by October 16. For more information, and to apply, click here.

City of St. Louis NOFA for CDBG and HOME funding
The City of St. Louis has released its Notice of Funding Available for CDBG and HOME funding. The city's Community Development Administration is administering $2 million in this funding cycle. The application deadline is October 16. For more information, and to apply, click here

Strong Local Economies
The Surdna Foundation has funding available to provide support for minority owned businesses and to reduce barriers to economic mobility. To view more information and to apply for a Strong Local Economies Grant, click here.

Community Impact Grants
The Home Depot Foundation is now accepting applications for its Community Impact Grants. Grants are available for up to $5,000 for volunteer-based community improvement projects. For more information about this grant or to apply, click here.
Contractor for St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative
Rise is seeking a contractor to manage the St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative. The contract work will last between 18 and 24 months. For more information about this position, click here

Manager of Long-Range Planning
Metro is seeking a full-time Manager of Long-Range Planning to help plan and evaluate the maintenance and enhancement of the Metro system. For more information and to apply, click here.

Positions Available at SLEDP
The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (SLEDP) is seeking applicants for two positions: Assistant Vice President of Business Development and Workforce Innovation and Assistant Vice President of New Market Tax Credits. To view position descriptions and requirements, click here.

Corridor Planning Available at East-West Gateway
East-West Gateway Council of Governments is seeking applications for a Corridor Planning Coordinator. For more information on this positions and to apply, click here.
Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity
On Monday, the Ferguson Commission released their 198 page report entitled Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity as well as a new interactive website (forwardthroughferguson.org). The report focuses on four priorities and calls for change: Justice for All, Youth at the Center, Opportunity to Thrive, and Racial Equity. To see their new website, click here. To download a PDF copy of the report, click here.
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