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October 29, 2014

FROM THE FIELD

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: A Game Changer

By Charles Bryson, Director of the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency


Sometime in the very near future, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro is expected to sign the much anticipated Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. This rule, merely by its definition, will be a game changer with regard to fair and affordable housing.

The definition contained in the rule states that Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing "means taking proactive steps beyond simply combating discrimination to foster more inclusive communities and access to community assets for all persons protected by the Fair Housing Act." The rule, once signed, would require participants to work on fixing issues that have led to discrimination and segregation and that deny people opportunity.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Nomination Forms Available For CBN Awards Reception
This spring, CBN will recognize individuals, organizations, companies, and institutions that help make St. Louis a better place to live at the 3rd Annual CBN Awards Reception. If you know of someone deserving recognition, fill out one of the nominating forms. To see the forms and for more information, click here.

New 'I Love Ferguson' Store Aims to Support Local Businesses, Community Unity
A new storefront taking donations for 'I Love Ferguson' t-shirts and coffee mugs has opened on S. Florissant Rd. in Ferguson. Sales from the 'I Love Ferguson' store will benefit the North County Inc. initiative, Reinvest North County. For the full story, click here.

Centene Picks Ferguson Building Near I-270
Centene Corporation recently announced plans to open a new health care plan processing center on Pershall Road in Ferguson. The center will employ 200 workers and cost $15 million. For more information, click here.

Ferguson Unrest Compels STL Urban League to create 'Save Our Sons' Initiative
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is creating a job training program for disadvantaged African American men in the North County communities near Ferguson. The four week program is being funded through donations from Monsanto and Emerson. To read the full story, click here.

Stenger and Stream Square off in
Steve Stenger and Rick Stream joined "St. Louis on the Air" and UMSL for a debate on a variety of issues impacting St. Louis County, including community and economic development. To hear this debate, click here. Comments on community and economic development can be heard between the 5:40 and 20:37 minute markers. 

Next St. Louis County Executive Faces Challenge in Strengthening North County 
This St. Louis Public Radio article summarizes some of the policy ideas for community development that have been discussed by St. Louis County Executive candidates Steve Stenger and Rick Stream. Included among those ideas are a new "Office of Community Empowerment" and doing more to facilitate business development. To read the full article, click here.

Detroit and St. Louis Exchange Ideas for Economic Development
The Detroit Revitalization Fellows recently met with individuals from Preservation Research St. Louis, Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, North Side Regeneration and Cortex. The two parties representing their respective cities discussed the tools, including historic tax credits, that support community development efforts in their respective cities. For the full story, click here.

Voices From Old North St. Louis: The Area Continues to Grow
New developments are taking place in the Old North St. Louis Neighborhood, including several initiatives by Washington University's Sustainable Land Lab program, new businesses, and continued efforts by the Old North Restoration Group. To read the full story, click here.

Green Street Moves Ahead on Carondelet Coke Plan Business Park Redevelopment
Ground breaking for Green Street's new business park in the Carondelet neighborhood has been set for early 2015. The project will span 725,000 square feet and is being funded through a combination private funds and tax incentives. For more information, click here.

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

19th Annual SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference
SLACO, Harris-Stowe State University, and other local partners are hosting a conference on "Strong Neighborhoods: Regional Prosperity" November 1 from 8am to 3pm. For more information, click here.

Where We Stand Report On Racial Segregation and Disparity
Mary Rocchio and John Posey from the East West Gateway Council of Governments are holding this free event November 6 from 12pm to 1pm at Harris Stowe University AT&T Library Seminar Room. For more information, click here.

A Dialogue On Community Engagement And Scholarship
Join the SIUE Institute for Urban Research on Tuesday, November 11 for a discussion on collaboration and community engagement projects. For more information, click here

Urban Vitality And Ecology: Nature As An Economic Developer
Join BiodiverseCity St. Louis November 12 from 5 to 7:30 pm at the Missouri Botanical Gardens for presentations on developing urban districts with nature. To register for this event, click here.

What's Brewing? In Pagedale
Creating Whole Communities at UMSL is continuing the neighborhood events series in Pagedale on December 4 from 7:30 to 9:00 am. Join Dr. Todd Swanstrom and panelists for a discussion on the revitalization of communities. For more information and to register, click here.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

Capacity Building Workshops
The Community Development Administration for the City of St. Louis is hosting a series of free capacity building workshops for nonprofit organizations discussing a wide range of relevant topics. Upcoming workshop topics include "Fair Housing Training" on October 31 and "Non-Profits and Technology" on November 24. For more information, click here.

Case Study Of How To Win An Online Funding Competition
The Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is offering a workshop to help organizations improve media strategies and plan for online competitions. This workshop will take place November 20 at the JC Penney Conference Center on the UMSL campus. For more information and to register, click here.

EVENTS

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!

Community Development Grant Program
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is offering a Community Development Grant, ranging in funds from $25,000 to $75,000. Applications from organizations not currently funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development are due by November 1. For more information, click here.

EDA 2014 Regional Innovation Strategy Program Competition
The U.S. Economic Development Administration's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applicants for three funding opportunities to facilitate regional innovation. The EDA has $15 million in available funds. Applications for funding are due by November 3. For more information, click here.

Grants for Development Around Transit Lines
The Federal Transit Administration is accepting applications for funds for projects spur economic development, multimodal transit, and transit access for bicyclists and pedestrians. The deadline to apply is November 3. For more information, click here.

CDA Housing Production NOFA
The St. Louis Community Development Administration is accepting applications for funding for residential development projects through November 7. For more information, click here.

Rural Communities Initiative Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture is offering Rural Community Initiative Grants for non-profit community development organizations working with community and economic development in low-income rural communities. Applications for funding are due by November 12. For more information, click here.

Our Town Grants: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning and Design Projects
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants for projects that will improve livability, civic development, and support for community arts. Grant applications are due December 15. For more information, click here.

Our Town Grants: Projects that Build Knowledge about Creative Placemaking
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants for projects that seek to improve connections between artists and economic and community development projects. Grant applications are due December 15. For more information, click here.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice is accepting grant applications from organizations helping to address environmental and public health issues within their communities. Grant applications are due by December 15. For more information, click here.

Sustainable Environments Program
The Surdna Foudnation is offering funding for organizations that improve and create sustainable infrastructure in underserved communities. The foundation is offering grants in four categories: Sustainable Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns, Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, Urban Water Management, and Regional Food Supply. For more information about these grants, click here.

Fund Development Database Manager
Beyond Housing is seeking a database manager responsible for managing the e-Tapestry database, data entry, data analysis, training and development. For a more detailed job description, click here.

24:1 Municipal Specialist
Beyond Housing's 24:1 Municipal Government Partnerships Committee is seeking a part time Municipal Specialist. The Municipal Specialist will work closely with the Natural Bridge Economic Development Subcommittee. For more information, click here.

Director of School and Institutional Partnerships
Grace Hill Settlement House is seeking a Director of School and Institutional Partnerships to direct and provide leadership with their school community based programs. For more information, click here.

Director of Community Development
Grace Hill Settlement House is seeking a Director of Community Development to direct and oversee their various community development programs. For more information, click here.

Program Manager of Women's Business Center
Grace Hill Settlement House is seeking a Program Manager for the Women's Business Center to assist with SBA goals and community development needs. For more information, click here.

Marketing and Membership Coordinator
North County Incorporated is seeking a full time Marketing and Membership Coordinator to handle membership development and public relations initiatives. For more information, click here.

Creating Opportunity For Children: How Housing Location Can Make A Difference
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently released this report on federal rental assistance programs and neighborhood conditions where the majority of the programs' recipients live. Despite efforts to reduce concentrated living in extremely poor neighborhoods, this report finds that 18 percent of children recipients of federal rental assistance live in communities of extreme poverty. For the full article, click here.

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