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February 15, 2017


Let’s Get Rid of the Words "Property" and "Manager"

By Frankie Blackburn, co-founder of Trusted Space Partners

This column was originally published in the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog.

One of my first jobs as a young housing professional in the 1980s at a local public housing authority was to support site staff, both property managers and social workers, in improving their performance and increasing positive outcomes for residents. I quickly learned that property managers were the levers for change. As the people responsible for daily operations of their complex, they knew residents on a more intimate level than anyone else in the agency. They also typically had life experiences more similar to residents and could generate new ideas more authentically and accurately.

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Join us For CBN's Fifth Annual Awards Reception! 
Tickets are now available for CBN's Fifth Annual Awards Reception—sign up before 5 pm on February 28th for a discounted rate! The event will be held on April 27th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Washington University's Clark-Fox Forum at 6350 Forsyth Boulevard. Know an individual or organization who deserves an award? Send us your nominations through February 22nd!

Survey: Help Shape Questions For Mayoral Forum on February 22nd
On February 22nd, ten community organizations (including CBN) will host a mayoral forum featuring candidates running for St. Louis mayor. The forum is intended to shine a light on issues that are crucial to a unified and thriving St. Louis community, and organizers want your input. You're invited to take this 5-10 minute survey to help shape what issues will be addressed at the forum. The survey is anonymous. Thank you!

Local Bright Spot: Antwan Pope and Wellston Loop CDC Empower and Brighten The 22nd Ward
In this Bright Spot story, Antwan Pope of Wellston Loop CDC shares insights on his work, his experience in grassroots community organizing, and his ongoing commitment to serving residents of the 22nd Ward. He and Don Devivo of Devivo Realty partner in their shared office on Hodiamont Avenue to provide meals, health services, and a community space for residents. Pope is currently leading a block clean-up initiative called Community Reconnect on Saturday mornings and wants to bring a community-wide farmer's market, coffee shop, and home renovation program to the neighborhood.

Missouri Senate Bill 285 Threatens Funding For Community Development
Missouri State Senator Andrew Koenig (R-Kirkwood) recently introduced Senate Bill 285, which reduces the corporate income tax while cutting funding for several tax credit programs that directly benefit our region's neighborhoods. Last week, the Senate Ways and Means Committee voted "do pass" on the bill and sent it for a full vote by the Senate. Programs impacted by SB 285 include the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, the Historic Preservation Tax Credit, Brownfield Tax Credits, and the Neighborhood Preservation Tax Credit. Read more here.

Ready for Give STL Day on May 11th?
Registration is now open for Give STL Day, scheduled for May 11th of this year! The St. Louis Community Foundation is hosting a series of webinars and training sessions to help your organization get ready. A registration webinar is scheduled for today, February 15th at 1:00 pm. A Give STL Day Strategy Session will be held at Regions Bank next Friday, February 24th.

Now Open: SouthSide Sports Soccer Sign-up from DeSales Community Housing
SouthSide Sports, an initiative of DeSales Community Housing, has opened registration for their spring soccer program! SouthSide Sports offers free to low-cost summer baseball, spring soccer, and fall soccer for kids in the community from kindergarten through second grade. Sign-up closes on March 15th, and practice begins March 20th.

NACEDA Invites Presenters for People & Places Conference
Have a great strategy for advancing policy related to housing and/or community development at the local or state level? The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) is inviting presenters on local and state policy for their People & Places Conference. Policy strategies should be mature in development and implementation, but need not have been formally adopted by a government. Proposals are due February 24th.

Deadline Extended to Apply to the Missouri Supportive Housing Institute
Missouri Foundation for Health is partnering with CSH, Missouri Department of Mental Health, and Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to offer a training opportunity in supportive housing, the Missouri Supportive Housing Institute. This series of workshops (conducted by CSH) will help supportive housing partners learn how to develop housing with support services and reduce the time it takes to obtain funding by improving the planning and development process. The deadline to apply has been extended to February 24th.

Streamlined CDFI Certification Process for Credit Unions Could Help Boost Neighborhood Investment
A recent agreement between the National Credit Union Administration and the U.S. Treasury's Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund has created a new streamlined CDFI certification process for credit unions, which is expected to help generate more CDFIs. Certification offers key resources to institutions working in distressed communities, and credit unions are currently underrepresented among CDFIs. Proponents hope the change will create denser community development networks nationwide.

"A Housing Crisis For Seniors"
This article from The New York Times explores challenges facing aging adults in communities with low walkability and zoning that primarily (or exclusively) supports single-family housing. The author invites architects and developers to consider the needs of the senior population as seriously as those of often-sought-after Millennials, and to explore options for bringing amenities, accessibility, and good transit to suburban communities.

Nominate a Community Leader for NCI's 40th Annual Leadership Breakfast Celebration
North County Incorporated (NCI) is seeking nominations for their 40th Annual Leadership Breakfast Celebration on May 19th! The event honors leaders making a positive impact in North St. Louis County. Nominate an individual by March 24th in one of four categories: Business Development, Community Development, Public Service, or Leadership. Nominees must live, work, or own a business or organization within North St. Louis County.


City Seminar Lecture: Beyond the Binary
Design for social impact urbanist Liz Ogbu, who focuses on transforming places, systems, and communities to tackle social problems, is giving a free City Seminar lecture titled Beyond the Binary at Washington University tomorrow, February 16th.

2017 St. Louis City Mayoral Forum
On February 22nd from 6:00-9:00 pm, a group of regional initiatives focused on creating a more racially equitable St. Louis will partner to host a forum to address candidates in St. Louis City's upcoming mayoral election. The forum will focus on regional issues outlined by priorities of the Forward through Ferguson report. Registration is free and required.

St. Louis Vacancy Summit
The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) and the St. Louis Vacancy Task Force are hosting a St. Louis Vacancy Summit on February 24th. This day-long working meeting will convene practitioners who are working toward solutions to vacancy and will feature presentations, small-group discussions, and opportunities to plan next steps.

Northside/Southside MetroLink Discussion
Citizens for Modern Transit and the St. Louis Regional Chamber are hosting a discussion on February 24th with the consulting team leading the Northside-Southside MetroLink Study.

The Promise of St. Louis: Neighborhood Retail to the Next Day Economy
On March 7th, the Urban Land Institute St. Louis will host a breakfast presentation and panel discussion with local experts on the future of the retail sector and logistics in St. Louis.

Hands-on Racial Equity Conference and Training from CREA
The St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency (CREA), OneSTL, City Garden Montessori School, and Forward Through Ferguson are hosting a day-long training session on April 1st at City Montessori School: "Fair Housing, Community Voice and Civic Infrastructure via a Racial Equity Lens."

NLIHC Housing Policy Forum
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) will hold its 2017 Housing Policy Forum, "Advancing Solutions in a Changing Landscape," April 2nd-4th in Washington, D.C.

OneSTL Sustainability Summit
OneSTL's inaugural Sustainability Summit will foster conversation on how organizations and individuals can help identify, set, and achieve metrics and targets for sustainability in the St. Louis region. The event will be held on April 5th on the Washington University campus.

EHOC 2017 Fair Housing Conference
The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC) will host its 2017 Fair Housing Conference on April 6th. The keynote speaker this year is Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted. Other speakers and a full agenda will be announced soon.

People & Places Conference
The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) is partnering with several other organizations to host the peer-learning People & Places Conference for community development practitioners May 31st through June 2nd in Arlington, Virginia.


Funding Your Neighborhood Project Workshop
UMSL, Creating Whole Communities, and the University of Missouri Extension are hosting a workshop on February 18th that will share tools and techniques for funding your neighborhood project. The event costs $45; please register by today, February 15th.

Bank On, Save Up With DSCC and Midwest BankCentre
Dutchtown South Community Corporation and Midwest BankCentre are teaming up to offer financial empowerment classes through the Bank On Save Up program. Classes aim to help community members build a path to prosperity, wealth building, and homeownership. The first class is on February 21st.

Understanding Effective Grant Management
On February 23rd, UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program will host a workshop on effective grant management and implementation. Attendees will also learn proper accounting procedures necessary to put grant funds into action.

Landlord Training: Lead Hazards, EPA Lead Paint Rule, and Financial Assistance for Lead Abatement
Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC is hosting a series of free Landlord Training workshops this year for all city landlords, investors, and other interested parties. Their February 28th training session will discuss lead hazards, the EPA Lead Paint Rule, and financial assistance for lead abatement.

Grace Hill Financial Empowerment Workshop
Grace Hill's next Financial Empowerment Workshop, First Time Home Buying Seminar, will be held on March 7th. Attendees can receive a certificate for attending 4 out of 6 classes. Please email Alnita Smiley to RSVP.

Fundamentals of Economic Development
Registration is open for UMSL's Fundamentals of Economic Development Chancellor's Certificate Program. Sessions are taught by senior economic development practitioners and cover economic and community development concepts and tools. The program runs March 1st-May 3rd.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) provides hands-on leadership training that emphasizes community building strategies and principles, project planning, and organizational leadership practices. NLA 2017 will be held March 8th-May 17th. Scholarship opportunities are available. The early registration deadline is February 20th; otherwise, sign up by March 1st.

Homebuyer Training from Lemay Housing Partnership
Lemay Housing Partnership, Inc. provides homebuyer training services for home buyers in all counties in the St. Louis metro area. Participants learn about the home purchase process, homeownership responsibilities, and affordable loan products and financial assistance. The next orientation session is March 14th.


February 21
DSCC So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative Stakeholder Meeting #3

February 23
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2017 Job Fair

February 26
Skinker DeBaliviere 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration (rescheduled date)

March 1
DSCC So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative Stakeholder Meeting #4

March 25
Rise 20th Anniversary Gala

April 27
Community Builders Network 5th Annual Awards Reception

April 29
Park Central Development 4th Annual Gala

May 11
Give STL Day 2017



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.

This week, we're sharing maps that examine the bicycle network in St. Louis. To view this week's map, click here. To view maps from previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here.


The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is put out by the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, with the support of the Des Lee Collaborative Vision at UMSL, to bring you quality up-to-date community development information, analysis, and opinion.

Improve Your Ability to Access Affordable Housing Program Funding
The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines' pre-application period (March 1st-31st) offers organizations applying for Affordable Housing Program awards with one-on-one technical assistance from FHLB's community investment staff. FHLB will provide feedback regarding your project's eligibility, feasibility, and scoring. More than $40 million in grants is available for 2017.

Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums and Libraries As Assets
This grant opportunity invites libraries, museums, community entities, and higher education institutions to complete projects that will help libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) work alongside communities to achieve positive change. Projects should exemplify how LAMs can provide trusted spaces for ongoing community dialogue and should use and adapt approaches drawn from the collective impact, social well-being, and community development arenas. Applications are due April 3rd.

Calvert Foundation Loan Program
The Calvert Foundation supplies loans to community organizations that act as financial intermediaries, including community development financial institutions (CDFIs), loan funds, microfinance institutions, affordable housing developers, and social enterprises. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; the Foundation's Investment Committee makes investment decisions on a quarterly basis.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Programs

Culture of Health Leaders Program
This program is developing a 2017 cohort of up to 50 leaders from diverse sectors to work with organizations, communities, health systems, and policymakers to build a Culture of Health in America. Those selected have access to up to $20,000 per year for three years alongside other tools and resources. Applications are due today, February 15th.

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program (IRL)
This program is seeking teams of three (two researchers, one community member) to conduct community-engaged, action-oriented, and equity-focused health research to drive community health improvements. Applicant organizations selected will receive up to $350,000 to complete their projects over the three-year program period. Applications are due March 8th.

CommunityWINS Grant Program
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Wells Fargo Foundation have partnered to sponsor the CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Program. USCM-member cities may nominate up to three IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofits for programs focused on neighborhood stabilization, economic development, and/or job creation. Six awardees will be selected across three population categories. Applications are due March 17th.

Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Microgrants
The Karma for Cara Foundation provides youth 18 and under with microgrants of $250-$1,000 to fund service projects in their communities. Application deadlines are seasonal; the next round is due April 1st.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Community Economic Development Projects
This grant opportunity from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides funding for 501(c)(3) CDCs to implement well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. Projects that align with the Promise Zones Initiative or Choice Neighborhoods Program are encouraged. Applications are due April 28th.
Trailnet: Special Project Director for Protected Bikeways and Sidewalks Master Plan
Trailnet is looking for a Special Project Director to lead the Master Planning Process for their Protected Bikeways and Sidewalks Master Plan, which will incorporate collaboration with internal stakeholders and public community engagement. This is a high-impact, highly visible 18-month project that will drive momentum for regional change. If interested, please submit your contact information only by today, February 15th. An assessment will be sent to all applicants on the 16th.

UnitedHealth Group: Housing Resource Navigator
UnitedHealth Group is hiring a Housing Resource Navigator to help integrate health and housing programs across a continuum of care. This role is responsible for housing initiatives, pilots, and research and maintains relationships with housing authorities, homeless coalitions, housing assistance CBOs, clinical teams, internal departments, and health plan members to improve community health outcomes and housing access.

North Newstead Association: Part-Time Office Assistant
North Newstead Association is seeking a Part-Time Office Assistant (25 hours per week) to help provide place-based community development services. This role prepares facilities for meetings/events, coordinates and distributes meeting/event agendas and programs, and serves as the primary phone and email contact for residents and stakeholders. Applications are due February 27th.

Habitat for Humanity St. Louis: Part-Time Accounting Associate
Habitat for Humanity St. Louis is looking for a Part-Time Accounting Associate to assist their team's Financial Manager in preparation of monthly financial statements, associated QuickBooks and Excel reports, and daily processing of accounting activities. Please apply by February 17th.

Central West End Community Improvement District: Special Event and Marketing Intern
The Central West End Community Improvement District is looking for a Special Event and Marketing Intern to assist with neighborhood events and marketing efforts in the Central West End, including outreach to local businesses and social networks, researching event opportunities, and creation of social media and web content.

Housing Authority of St. Louis County: Intern
The Housing Authority of St. Louis County is seeking an Intern to assist the Public Housing Service Coordinator/Program Coordinator with various projects, including a literacy program for children in HASLC's public housing developments, community gardens throughout St. Louis County, and the Neil Molloy Scholarship Fund.

HeartLands Conservancy: Associate Planner
HeartLands Conservancy is looking for an Associate Planner to join their team in Mascoutah, Illinois. This role assists in working with local, regional, state, and federal entities to identify solutions and implement projects and initiatives that will lead to the protection and stewardship of the air, land, water, and other natural resources within southwestern Illinois.

STL Youth Jobs Application Open for 2017
The STL Youth Jobs Summer 2017 application is now open! STL Youth Jobs employs St. Louis youth between the ages of 16 and 24 and provides job readiness and financial literacy training, career and mentoring support, and connection to a job coach. Once trained, youth are placed in jobs at employer businesses and organizations, and the STL Youth Jobs program pays their salary. Flyers for employers and participant youth are available here. Youth can apply to the program here.
the Bicycle Network in St. Louis: A Place-Based, User-Centered Approach
This paper from a team of three researchers at Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability presents original research on the bicycle network in St. Louis. The authors review approaches to assessing and siting new bicycle facilities and argue that active cyclists should be consulted to share their site-specific knowledge during this process. They then survey 89 cyclists about their level of stress riding routes in St. Louis and find that stress correlates with speed limit, roadway classification, and number of lanes, but not the presence of bicycle infrastructure. The paper includes maps of use and stress levels along local routes (also featured in this week's Know Your Region section).
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