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August 22, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

The 2010 Census: A Wake-Up Call for Community Development in St. Louis
By Brian Phillips, Executive Director for Washington University Medical Center

The 2010 census results should have served as yet another wake-up call for all of the stakeholders in the city of St. Louis.... To read the full story click here.

In This Issue


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8/26: Addressing the Delmar Divide

SLEHCRA Reports to the Community 
9/15: Finding Money For College Workshop

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St. Louis
  • St. Louis County Council Foreclosure Mediation Bill Vote on Hold- St. Louis County Council heard testimonies for a second straight week on a proposed foreclosure mediation bill. Voting has been put on hold. For more information on the hearing click here. For an analsysis of the bill and debate click here.
  • 2012 Most Influential Business Women- Kimberly McKinney, CEO of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis voted one of the region's most influential women by St. Louis Business Journal.  To read the full story click here.
  • Input Desired on Future Development around Metro Link Stations- East West Gateway offers public survey on development of Metro Link stations. The compiled information will assist in creating a regional TOD master plan.  For more information click here.
  • Addressing the Delmar Divide-  This conversation series, held at the Missouri History Museum on August 29, will address the racial and socioeconomic issues that currently divide Delmar Blvd.  For more information on this series click here.

  • Proposed Funding for the NHTF-  Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota to introduce bill in September that will provide dedicated funding to the National Housing Trust Fund with saving generated by reform of the mortgage interest deduction.  To read the full story click here.

Training and Workshops

  • Resource Workshop- The Grants and Foundation Center is offering this free workshop on August 28 to assist nonprofits in finding online resources.  For more information click here.
  • Access to Affordable Healthy Food Webinar-  Opportunity Finance Network offers webinar on August 28 to provide methods for partnerships, communication and offer resources for organizations working in public health and healthy food space. For more information click here.
  • City Managers Placemaking Roundtable- Livable St. Louis Network hosts roundtable event called "placemaking and form based codes;" inviting policymakers, city manager and their peers to share ideas and strategies to enhance the quality of life in their communities.  For more information click here.

Conferences and Seminars

  • 7th Annual Land Bank Conference-  Held October 14-17, the Land Bank Conference focuses on topics concerning rental property management, partnership building, code enforcement, greening initatives, and more. Early bird registration is now available.  For more information click here.
  • 2012 National Community Land Trust Conference-  Hosted by The National Community Land Trust Network on September 10-13, this conference is centered around this year's theme of "Transforming Communities Through Innovation and Collaboration."  For more information click here.
  • National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit-  Held November 14-16 by Enterprise Community Partners, this national conference focuses on affordable green home development and community development.  For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • Neighborhood Assistance Program- The Missouri Dept. of Economic Development offers this tax credit program to assist community development organization with job training, crime prevention and physical revitalization.  For more information click here.
  • AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Program- The program is designed to bring together multidisciplinary teams of professionals to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders through an intensive planning process to help communities develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future.  The deadline for consideration for 2013 is November 16th. Fore more information click here.
  • Local Sustainability Matching Fund- The fund matches investments from national foundations for the advancement of sustainability initiatives.  Round 2 proposals for this fund are due on October 1st.  For more information click here.

Job Opportunities

  • Community Planning Manager- Trailnet seeks community planning manager to oversee projects, maintain relationships with contracted partners and manage all aspects of planning contracts.  For more information click here.
  • Viking Advantage Program Coordinator- Beyond Housing is seeking a program coordinator to provide case management and program delivery of 100+ Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for Normandy School District seniors in high school and freshman, sophomores & juniors in post-secondary education. For full job description click here


  • Homeownership Policy at a Critical Juncture: Are Policymakers Overreacting to the Great Recession- Is supporting homeownership still viable policy for low- and moderate-income families? Homeownership is still the primary saving vehicle for low- and moderate-income families, and longer-term homeowners generally managed to achieve net savings or gains despite the losses of the great recession. To read the full publication click here.
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