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February 8, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


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Welcome to the second St. Louis Community Builders Exchange. The Exchange is a new 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. In this issue we have added a News section with excerpts of relevant local and national news stories. Look for the St. Louis Community Builders Exchange every other Wednesday morning! 

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We also owe a special thanks to the University of Missouri St. Louis, the Public Policy Research Center, the Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program, and the Des Lee Collaborative Vision for providing resources and support for this joint e-newsletter.

The photo in this issue was provided by the PPRC Photography Project - City Greens Exhibit.

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St. Louis
  • Lemay Housing Partnership- After seven years as Executive Director, Justine Craig-Meyer has left Lemay Housing Partnership to join Humanitri.  Reginald Scott, formerly the VP of Community Development Banking for PNC Bank, has been hired as the new Executive Director. For more information check Lemay Housing's Website.
  • Old North Restoration Group- Old North wins EPA’s 2011 National Award for Small Growth Achievement. Read full story here.
  • MOWHA- After four years at the helm, Stephen Acree has stepped down as Board President of the Missouri Workforce Housing Association.  Stephen led MOWHA as it successfully defended Low-Income Housing Tax Credits in the Missouri Legislature.  Kimberly McKinney, CEO of Habitat for Humanity in St. Louis, has taken over as Board President. 

  • HUD- announces new regulations for equal access to housing programs regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Read full story here.
  • National Housing Trust Fund- Obama includes $1 billion in mandatory spending for the National Housing Trust Fund in his FY13 proposed housing budget.  Read full story here.

Training and Workshops

          Starting a Nonprofit series:
          March 1, Noon -2 pm 
          To Be or Not to Be? Necessary steps for
          founding a successful nonprofit organization.
          March 8, 3-5 pm  
          Incorporating Your Nonprofit, Bylaws & Boards
          March 15, noon – 2 pm  
          Tax Exempt Status & Budgets
          March 22, noon – 2pm    
          Networks & Collaborations         

          General Nonprofit Issues:
          April 12, 3-5 pm  
          The 990 & Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Status 
          April 18  3-5 pm  
          Volunteer Management Basics for Nonprofits
          April 19, 3-5 pm  
          Nonprofit Evaluation & Measurement
  • Community Development Academy- University of Missouri Extension Community Development Academy is offering courses on community development beginning March 26. The courses offered are:
          Building Communities From the Grassroots
          Empowering Communities for the Future
          Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities

  • UMSL’s Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program- NPML is currently offering noncredit courses February through May. The courses offered are:
          Feb. 23-Mar. 22 
          Legal Issues in Managing NPOs (2010)
          March 22 
          Do's & Don'ts for Nonprofits
          Apr. 5-May 3 
          Staff Management Issues in NPOs
  • Personal Finance Workshop- The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will hold a workshop on Personal Finance Education for Minority and Women Students. The workshop, which is sponsored by the St. Louis Fed’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion and its Economic Education department, will be held on February 28.

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Whats working in St. Louis Neigborhoods- University of Missouri St. Louis Community Partnership Project's Brown Bag Series continues with a March 7th lunch time discussion on art and neighborhood revitalization. For more information see the event flier.         

Funding Opportunities

  • Affordable Housing Program- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines is beginning this years round of the Affordable Housing Program. Grants for 2012 will be up to $300,000 for rental or owner occupied housing projects. For more information on grant guidelines click here.
  • Our Town Arts Grant- The Our Town Program, created by The National Endowment of the Arts, provides support for planning, design, and arts engagement activities seeking to improve communities’ quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize local economies.
  • Environmental Justice Grants- The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health issues in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships involve not only well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain and sustain the partnerships, but also working towards addressing the local environmental and public health issues. Applications are due by Feb. 29.
  • Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program- The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced a Call for Applications for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP).  ITEP provides funding for community based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure. Applications are are due Tuesday, May 29, 2012. 
  • KaBOOM!: Let's Play Community Construction Grants- KaBOOM!, in collaboration with Dr Pepper Snapple, is offering Let's Play Community Construction Grants of $15,000 to organizations nationwide. The grants are to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment that will be built using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Eligible applicants include U.S.-based municipalities, neighborhood associations, schools, day care centers, and nonprofit organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children to use. The application deadline is March 16, 2012.

Job Opportunities

  • Resource Associate- Habitat For Humanity is hiring a resource asociate. The purpose of the Resource Associate is to further the mission of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis through efficient and effective data management of the donor and email communication databases.  This position also offers support and administrative assistance to Resource Department staff. Application deadline is February 10.
  • Volunteer Service Manager- Habitat for Humanity is looking for a volunteer service manager. The purpose of the Volunteer Services Manager is to further the mission of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis by managing all aspects of the volunteer program, including long-term recruiting goals; leadership recruiting and scheduling; working with sponsor, individual, and group volunteers to provide the optimum volunteer experience. Application deadline is February 10.
  • Homeownership Counselor- Beyond Housing is looking for a homeownership counselor to provide comprehensive individual counseling services to prospective homebuyers. Counseling sessions cover a broad array of areas related to the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to buy and maintain a home.
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