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April 1, 2015


Sustainable Transportation? Not without a land use Policy

By Scott Ogilvie, 24th Award Alderman City of St. Louis

St. Louis has a transportation problem, but it may not be the one you think. The region doesn't have enough people to continue paying for the transportation infrastructure we've already built. Fueled by a MoDOT spending binge over the last decade, the region expanded its road capacity to near the highest per capita in the nation.
While total miles driven within the region declined over a decade and population barely grew, we added capacity. Traffic congestion declined while commute times increased. How is that possible? Jobs are moving farther away from where people live. The region's transportation and land use plans are woefully at odds.

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Community Development Professionals Celebrated At the 2015 Community Builders Network Awards Reception
On March 19, the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis hosted its 3rd Annual Awards Reception at the Cortex building on Forest Park Ave. The event featured Hank Webber of Washington University as its keynote speaker and honored eight community development practitioners in the St. Louis region. To read more and see photos from the event, click here.

Sharing the Innovative Successes of the Sustainable Communities Initiative
This post on HUD's blog, the HUDdle, highlights Secretary Julian Castro's recent announcement of the expansion of the Urban Labs Institute, which works to promote innovation in community development. During his announcement, Castro also revealed a new report from HUD's Office of Economic Resilience on "Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative." To read more about these announcements, click here.

2014 Highlights Show SLACO on the move
In a recent newsletter, SLACO described some of their highlights from 2014, revealing strong organizational growth and influence. For example, SLACO added 9 neighborhood associations to their membership. With 21 total members, SLACO notes their membership accounts for 25% of the population in the City of St. Louis. To read more about SLACO's growth, click here

CBN Members Awarded 2014 Neighborhood Improvement Program of the Year and housing Development by the City of St. Louis and Community Development Administration of St. Louis
Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization, and Rise along with Dutchtown South Community Corp were recently recognized by the City of St. Louis and the CDA as the 2014 Neighborhood Improvement Program and Housing Development of the Year . Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization and Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC have hosted a Better Block event, conducts landlord training, created a Neighborhood Ownership model, and many more activities. Rise and Dutchtown South Community Corporation redeveloped the Southtowne Apartments. To read more about the accomplishments of Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, click here. To see the Awards announcement including Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization and the Southtowne Apartments, click here.

New Outdoor Market at Lemp Brewery Brings Small Business Shopping to Sundays
This article from St. Louis Public Radio describes plans for the "St. Louis Swap Meet," an open market in the old Lemp Brewery. The owner of the market, Martin Casas, and James McKee of the Marine Villa Neighborhood Association see this market helping to support community and economic development in the area. For more on this development, click here.

Energy Efficiency Savings Not Reaching Low-Income Households
Last month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that energy efficient savings are generally not realized in low-income households. The article notes that owners of multifamily housing units have no incentive to increase the energy efficiency of their units because tenants pay utility bills. The article briefly discusses potential solutions, including incentives and programs from area CDCs. To read more on this report, click here.

Wells Fargo Advisors 2014 Community Giving Exceeds $8.4 Million
In 2014, Wells Fargo Advisors donated $8.4 million to over 250 nonprofits organizations and volunteered around 50,000 hours throughout the state of Missouri. Wells Fargo Advisors's donations benefited St. Louis Public Schools, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Stop Hunger Now, and others. For more on this story, click here.


CREA Fair Housing Kick-Off 2015
The City of St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency is hosting the 9th Annual Fair Housing Month Kick-Off Celebration April 1 at 4:30 pm. The event is set to take place at the O'Fallon Recreation Center on W. Florissant. This year the theme is "Recognizing Those Who Served" and the event will honor organizations that serve our Veterans. For more information, click here.

City of St. Louis 2015 Community Development Week
The Community Development Administration of the City of St. Louis is hosting the 2015 Community Development Week this year from April 6 through April 10. The week will feature bus tours, an awards ceremony and a resource fair. For more information, click here.

The Delmar Divide: St. Louis in Black and White
On Tuesday April 7, Washington University's School of Law is hosting a panel discussion on the Delmar Divide. One of the panelists is Chris Krehmeyer of Beyond Housing, a CBN member. For more information, click here.

Modern Segregation: Addressing Barriers to Equality in Local Governments
On April 10, the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council is hosting a conference on the ways in which local governments and community development practitioners can address racial inequality and segregation. To learn more about this conference and to register, click here.

PLACE 2015 Hill Visit
Practitioners Leveraging Assets for Community Enhancement (PLACE) is coordinating its annual visit to Washington DC to advocate in support of affordable housing. PLACE is planning its advocacy trip for April 14 through April 16. For more information on this trip and to RSVP, click here.

Our Kids: The American Drean in Crisis with Robert Putnam
On April 15, author and Harvard Professor, Robert Putnam will lead a discussion on his new book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis and growing inequality in this country. Join him from 12 to 1pm a Graham Chapel on the campus of Washington University. For more information, click here.

Eight Months Post-Ferguson: The Journey from Recovery to Rebuilding
This event is a panel discussion on how organizations can become 'part of the solution' in the aftermath of Ferguson. The panelists for this event include Rev. Starksy Wilson, Professor Todd Swanstrom and Professor Gregory Carr Sr. This discussion is set to take place April 16 from 7pm to 8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Leading the Inclusive City: Lessons for St. Louis
Join Creating Whole Communities April 22 for this presentation and panel discussion led by author, Robin Hambleton on place-based leadership. The event will run from 4:30 to 7pm. For more information, click here.


America Walks Take Action Webinar Series
America Walks is offering a series of free webinars in the months of April and May on community building related to walkable design. The webinars are set to take place April 13, and April 23. An additional webinar is scheduled for May, but the exact date is yet to be determined. For more information, click here.

2015 Missouri Housing Summit
The 2015 Missouri Housing Summit is set to take place at the St. Louis City Center Hotel from April 29 through May 1. This summit will feature a variety of workshops intended to support practitioners in housing development, mental health services, and community development corporations. For more information on this summit, click here



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!

Community Capacity Building
The Deaconess Foundation has announced availability of Community Capacity Building funding. Funding is available for advocacy, building collective impact network capacity, and youth support programs. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, April 6. For more information on this funding opportunity, click here.

Enterprise Community Partners Grant Funds
The Enterprise Community Partners has funding available for community housing development organizations and community development corporations involved in affordable housing programs and development. Current funding is available for organizations working in the Metro East. Letters of interest are due by April 8th. For more information, click here.

CDA Housing Production NOFA
The City of St. Louis CDA recently released its Notice of Funding Availability for its Spring of 2015 Housing Production funds. There will be a Application Workshop available on April 10. All applications are due May 1 at 4pm. For more information, click here.

Competitive Affordable Housing Program Subsidy
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines has announced plans to open the application process for its Competitive Affordable Housing Program on May 15. Pre-applications have also been made available and are open until April 15. For more information about this competitive subsidy, click here.

The Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the GSK IMPACT Grant. This grant is intended to bring together organizations that work to foster healthy communities. An informational session has been scheduled for April 16, and Letters of Intent are due by May 8. For more information, click here.

Healthy Communities Coordinator
Beyond Housing is seeking a Healthy Communities Coordinator to guide their effort to reduce childhood obesity in the Normandy School District. For more information about this position, click here.

Grant Writing Consultant
The Near North Cluster (an affiliate of the Community Builders Network) is seeking a Grant Writing Consultant to attract funding for their community development efforts in the Near North side of St. Louis. The Near North Cluster is comprised of Old North Restoration Group, Northside Community Housing, Inc., and Community Renewal and Development, Inc. For more information on this position, click here.

Job Postings for Revitalization 2000
Revitalization 2000 has four part time positions available for their community gardening expansion project at the Ville Family Gardens. Applicants should call Stephanie McClure at 314-977-4011. For more information, click here.

Expanding Economic Opportunity: Lessons from the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative
The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently published this report on the lessons learned from the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative. East Baltimore is an area of the city that had experienced mass disinvestment and poor economic outlook. The East Baltimore Initiative is an effort by government and private sector leaders to improve the neighborhood through community and economic development projects and programs. This report describes a set of specific lessons for community development practitioners working with similar projects. To read the report and its lessons, click here.
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