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Saint Louis Community Builders Exchange

May 29, 2013

FROM THE FIELD

Open Letter to Governor Nixon

By Karen Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law Public Service Director, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program Washington University School of Law

In 2012, both St. Louis County and City passed ordinances giving homeowners facing foreclosure the opportunity of mediation by a neutral third party....

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Why Administration of City of St. Louis CDBG and HOME Funds is Changing and How you can be Prepared
Stephen Acree, President and CEO of the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance, recounts why the recent changes to two of the largest sources of affordable housing and community development funding at the City of St. Louis are happening and how community organizations can prepare for the future.  For the full story click here.

Tax Credits To Be Preserved For Another Year, Senate Adjourns
The Missouri legislature adjourned without reaching a decision on making substantial cuts to tax credits like the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and Affordable Housing Assistance Program (AHAP) among others.  For the full story click here.

St. Vincent Greenway Inc To Host Community Action meeting
On June 15, St. Vincent Greenway Inc will host the first of two community action meetings discussing ideas of community members on the benefits of the greenway and what role they want St. Vincent Greenway Inc. to play in the community.  For more information click here.

Old Partnership Embarks on Restoring Historic Homes in Forest park Southeast
Rebuilding Together St. Louis and Washington University Medical Center will take on a new project that will assist low income homeowners in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood restore and maintain their homes.  For the full story click here.

St. Louis City and County Form Coalition to Inspire Poor Communities and decrease Violence
The St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence (SIRV), created by Rev. B.T. Rice of New Horizon Church and the St. Louis County Branch of the NAACP, will work to decrease crime, increase quality of life and build trust among the youth.  For more information click here.

Near South St. Louis Community Organizations Kick Off New Collaboration
Southwest Garden Property Owners Association, Park Central Development, Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation, DeSales Community Housing Corporation, and Grand Oak Hill Community Corporation kicked off their new collaboration for community improvement with an event focusing on supporting, engaging, and encouraging good landlord and developer practices. For the full story click here.

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

Missouri Brownfields Conference
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources hosts this conference on June 11, in Jefferson City, Mo.  The conference will discuss how to identify  brownfields and resources available to redevelop these underused and unused properties.  For more information click here.

Civic Engagement Webinar
UNCA and the Alliance for Children and Families offer a webinar for organizations interested in learning best practices in civic engagement. For more information click here. To learn how to participate in an evaluation support program click here.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

EPA Brownfield Grant Proposal Writing Strategies Workshop
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has a free one day workshop that will assist grant writers with applying for EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants. The workshop is on June 12, in Jefferson City, MO.  For more information click here and to register click here.

Fundraising Institute
The Nonprofit Management and Leadership program at UMSL introduces the Fundraising Institute from June 17-20 providing courses on grant writing, planned giving, ethical fundraising, special events, and more. For more information click here.

Accounting and Fundraising Workshop
The Mission Center Nonprofit Services offers a workshop on June 6, from 9am-Noon outlining strategies for tracking expenses, budgeting and planning.  For more information 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!

Veteran Housing Grant
Home Depot is seeking proposals for veteran housing projects.  All interested applicants must submit a concept paper describing the project in great detail.  For more information click here.

Project Manager
Great Rivers Greenway Inc seeks a project manager who is responsible for planning and implementing specific tasks pertaining to parks and greenway projects.  For more information click here.

Economic Development Specialist
Beyond Housing seeks an economic development specialist who will be responsible for the preparation and implementation of an economic development and real estate development plan that incorporates the wants, needs, and desires of the communities along Natural Bridge Road. 
 For more information click here.

Sustainability Internships 
East West Gateway is in need of two interns in their Community Planning Department.  Interns will work closely with regional planning staff drafting sustainability plans and assisting in documenting best practices in a web-based toolkit.  For more information click here.

The Racial Wealth Gap in America
The Urban Institute reports on the racial wealth gap in America. The gap increased over the past three decades by 7 times between white Americans and minorities, leaving many minority families unable to secure mortgages or retirements accounts, assets needed to build long term wealth and economic viability. For more information click here.  

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