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June 27, 2012



St. Louis Community Builders


 
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From The Field

Hungry for Change: Place-Based Strategies to Close the Food Gap
by Kara Lubischer



For many St. Louis residents, purchasing their weekly groceries is a simple task.  However, in many neighborhoods, as much as 40 percent of residents don’t have regular access to a car, and a supermarket with a good supply of fresh, healthy and affordable foods is more than three miles away and may require multiple buses to get there and back home... To read the complete article click here


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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!

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For any questions or to share a community development news story please email Tamar Shepherd at cbn@umsl.edu.


Events

June
6/28: Living in a Historic District
6/28: Whitaker Urban Evening Series


July
7/5: Whitaker Urban Evening Series
7/14: Community Gardens Workshop
7/14: 24:1 Bus Tour
7/30: Home Repair Workshop



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News


St. Louis
  • East-West Gateway featured in HUD Publication- U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, in the June 2012 issue of it's Sustainable Communities eNews, highlights East-West Gateways's Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. For more information click here.
  • Where We Stand Update #2- This briefing by East-West Gateway Council of Government highlights 2010 U.S. Census Data on aging demographics and where St. Louis ranks among other metropolitan cities in the U.S.  For more information click here.
  • Housing Market Conditions Report- The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis released this report measuring housing market conditions in Midwest.  For more information click here.
  • Aventura at Forest Park- $12M development project introduces two 3 story buildings housing 101 apartments in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood represnting the biggest development in the area in a decade. For more information click here.
  • ArtWorks Opens Satellite in Old North St. Louis-  St. Louis Summer ArtWorks program's open house in new Old North St. Louis satellite June 29th from 11:30-1pm. For more information click here.
  • Des Lee Creating Whole Communities Scholarships-  Des Lee Creating Whole Communities is investing in building the capacity of the region’s community development organizations by offering training scholarships to members of the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN). This investment allows CBN to cover 50% of the cost of training up to $3,000 per organization. 


National

  • Free Independent Foreclosure Review- Read how the Federal Reserve Board and The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are working to remedy possible errors in foreclosure actions. For more information click here.
  • House to Consider THUD 2013 Funding Levels- The House of Representatives will consider 2013 funding levels for Housing and Urban Development bills today. National Low Income Housing Coalition warns of significant underfunding. For more information click here.

Training and Workshops

  • Will to Give Orientation - The Gateway Center for Giving hosts an orientation on July 11th from 9-10:30am to help organizations unlock funding in the communities they serve.  For more information click here.
     
  • Proposal Writers Boot Camp - This training is a three day event at University of Chicago's campus on July 11-13 from 9-4pm. You will learn proposal and budget writing as well as grant-making relationships.  For more information click here.
     
  • Marketing and Development Course - UMSL is offering a non-credit marketing and development planned giving course on July 26 from 1-4pm.  For more information click here.

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Trailnet Annual Livable St. Louis Conference- This conference, held on October 26th, 2012, will present information to organizations on how to create livable communities. For more detail about this conference, click here.
  • Working with Consultants Webinar-  This webinar, by Nonprofit Services, is on July 11 at 12 noon.  your organization determine whether a consultant would be beneficial in achieving your mission and how to obtain services from a consultant.  For more information click here.
  • MOWHA's Annual Conference- Missouri Workforce Housing Association's 2nd annual conference will be held on August 16 & 17 at the Lake of the Ozarks discussing state housing policies.  For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • Affordable Green Neighborhoods Program Grant - This grant program is offered to affordable housing developers who are committed to building sustainable communities, with a $25,000 cash grant to pursue LEED-ND certification and much more.  For more information click here.
  • Federal Economic Development Assistance Programs - The EDA is rewarding organizations seeking to implement innovative programming to bring about change.  For more information click here.
  • MHDC Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) -  Missouri's Housing Development Commission's 2013 NOFA's are available.  To view the notices click here.

Job Opportunities

  • Project Manager- Beyond Housing has an opening in the 24:1 Initiative for a Project Manager. Candidates should be highly community focused with a background in public health, housing and economic development.  For position details click here.
     
  • Consultant Services Needed-  East-West Gateway seeks proposals from a consultant or a team of consultants with expertise in sustainable development/practices and regional plan development.  For more information click here.
  • Community Development Coordinator-  St. Charles County Housing Corporation seeks part-time Community Development Coordinator. Qualified candidates must possess a familiarity with HUD programs as well as real estate development. For more information click here.
  • Volunteer Services Manager- Habitat for Humanity St. Louis seeks a Volunteer Services Manager to manage of the organization's volunteer programs.  For more information click here.


Publications

  • Building Successful Neighborhoods -  What Works Collaborative, a foundation supported research partnership, lays out strategies for neighborhood revitalization focusing on strengthening community-level and city-wide institutions to support and reinforce regional strategies for equitable housing and community development.  For more information click here.
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