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August 5, 2015


The Crime Rise in St. Louis: What We Know, Don't Know, and Can Do to Stop It
By Richard Rosenfeld, Founders Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri St. Louis

The localized nature of violent crime should not produce complacency.  When hundreds of our fellow citizens are killed or injured in violent crimes every year, everyone is affected, directly or indirectly.  On some streets, children grow up hearing the sound of gunfire almost daily and, in too many cases, may be caught in the crossfire.  High rates of violent crime generate fear, lead to population loss, retard economic growth, and undermine the tax base.  The entire region, not only the central city, suffers as a result.  Stemming the tide of violence, therefore, should be on everyone’s agenda.

To read the full 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
Radio Show covers "Rebound Neighborhoods"
In this episode KDHX's program 'Collateral Damage', host D.J. Wilson interviewed UMSL Professor, Todd Swanstrom, on his research on neighborhood change. Swanstrom describes the characteristics of declining and "rebounding" neighborhoods. To listen to their conversation, click here.

Racial Inequality in St. Louis Metro Continues to Outrank Most of the Country
In this article, St. Louis Public Radio's Camille Phillips describes findings in the recent release of East West Gateway's "Where We Stand" report. The report shows that St. Louis ranks poorly in areas of racial disparity, including in employment, poverty, and infant mortality. St. Louis ranks 8th, 5th, and 4th worst in those categories, respectively. To read her full article, click here.

The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools
As St. Louis Public Schools attempts to sell several of its vacant school buildings, several neighborhood organizations, including CBN member Northside Community Housing, are working to transform them into community assets. This segment from National Public Radio highlights the efforts of Jessica Eiland of Northside Community Housing to attract an investor to a vacant school in her organization's footprint. To read this article or to listen to the segment, click here.

Ground Breaking of New Affordable Homes in Tower Grove South and Southwest Garden Neighborhoods
On July 30, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC held a ground breaking ceremony for the development of three new affordable homes within their footprint. The homes will be constructed on previously vacant land. Each home will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. For more information on this development, click here.

Expanding Mass Transit in St. Louis calls for Unified Demand and Diversified Funding
In late July, Citizens for Modern Transit held a presentation on funding options for a potential Metrolink expansion. At the same time, St. Louis County began seeking public input on options to expand the Metrolink in the county. Proponents see expanding Metrolink as a way to connect more people with economic opportunity. To read more on a possible Metrolink expansion, click here.


Improving Heat Health Resilience Through Urban Infrastructure Planning and Design
On Wednesday, August, 19, the EPA's Local Climate and Energy Program will host a webinar on how communities can collaborate to diminish the 'heat island' effect in urban areas. For more information on this webinar and to register, click here.


MHDC Developer Introduction Workshop
On Wednesday, August 12, the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) is hosting a Developer Introduction Workshop. This workshop is intended for those interested in developing Minority and Women Owned Business. For more information on this workshop, click here.

CDBG Administrative Workshop
The Missouri Department of Economic Development is hosting a two day workshop on the requirements of CDBG grants. The workshop will take place in Jefferson City on August 27 and 28. For more information, click here.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy
Creating Whole Communities and the University of Missouri Extension are hosting the Neighborhood Leadership Academy this fall from September 3 through November 12. Through 10 sessions participants learn how to design and lead a community building project. For more information and to register for this training, click here.

Fundraising Institute
Next month, UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program is hosting the Fundraising Institute to share best practices for fund development. This programs consists of five sessions starting on September 15 and ending September 18. For more information, click here.

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.


August 20
Invest STL Applicant Showcase

August 21
RISE Up Festival


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 issue, we highlight maps showing instances of personal crimes in the City of St. Louis in 2015. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department includes assaults, homicides, rapes, and robberies in its reporting of personal crimes. To view these maps, 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!

2016 CDBG Funding
The City of St. Louis' Community Development Administration (CDA) is now accepting Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2016 CDBG funding cycle. RFPs may be submitted to the CDA up until 4:00 pm on August 7. The CDA has a informational documents and a Frequently Asked Questions and Answers page posted to their website. To view their FAQ page, click here. For more information and to submit an RFP, click here.

MFH Show Me Healthy Housing's PRI Funding
The Missouri Foundation for Health is now accepting RFPs for the Show Me Healthy Housing's Program-Related Investment fund. Applications for funding are due by 4pm on Friday, August 14. For more information on how to apply, click here.

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.

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.
Traffic Engineer (Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator)
The City of St. Louis is seeking a Traffic Engineer to work with the city's work related to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programs. Applications are due by August 7. For more information and to apply, click here.

Finance and Administration Manager
Great Rivers Greenway is seeking a Finance and Administration Manager to handle its accounting and financial statements. Applications for this position are due 5pm on August 10th. For more information, click here.

Director of Community Development
The City of Creve Couer, is seeking a director for their Community Development department. This position would oversee the city's policies and programs that support development. For more information on this position, click here.
The 7th Edition of the Where We Stand Report
The East-West Gateway Council of Governments recently released an update to its 'Where We Stand' report. The report shines a light on how the St. Louis region is doing socially and economically compared to other large regions throughout the country. Among its many findings, the report shows that St. Louis has the second highest growth rate of adults with Bachelors degrees or higher in regions throughout the country. The region also ranks second nationally in terms of home ownership, but ranks 7th in terms of racial segregation. The full report is posted online. To view the report and the data used to create it, click here.
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