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October 14, 2015

FROM THE FIELD

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Facing the Dilemmas

By Paul Dribin

Some hugely important events have taken place in recent months that could transform the affordable housing industry.  First, the Supreme Court upheld the concept of Disparate Impact in the decision Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project.  This decision confirmed that discrimination in housing does not have to be intentional but could be a result of subtle covert actions.  The case involved a Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project.

Second, HUD has issued perhaps their most significant regulations ever on the subject of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.  These regulations provide specific guidance on compliance with Title VI of the Fair Housing Act of 1964 which in essence states that federal funds have to be used in a manner to affirmatively further fair housing.

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We invite readers to contribute to the civic conversation about community development in St. Louis by writing an op-ed for the Community Builders Exchange. Op-eds should be short (400-700 words) and provocative. If you have an idea for an op-ed, contact Todd Swanstrom at swanstromt@umsl.edu
 
Old North is "Best Place to Live" in Riverfront Times 2015 "Best of St. Louis" Issue
In this year's issue of "Best of St. Louis," the Riverfront Times named the Old North St. Louis Neighborhood the best place to live. The article cites strong establishments, like Crown Candy, its summer farmer's market, outdoor yoga, high occupancy rates, and low crime. To read Old North Restoration Group's take on the RFT article, click here.

Central Corridor Residential Boom Passes 2,000 Units, Reaches Campus Housing
This article from nextSTL describes the "apartment boom" that has taken place in the so-called Central Corridor over the last two years. The article states that 963 apartments have been completed during this time period, 557 are under construction and 600 are being planned. In addition to new apartment units, the Central Corridor is experiencing other new developments as well, such as a new buildings on or near the BJC/Washington University campus and the new IKEA for example. To read about all of the new developments underway in the Central Corridor, click here

Traffic Changes Aim to Make Streets Safer for Exercise
In an effort to address chronic health problems, Trailnet and the City of St. Louis have partnered together to change some aspects of the city's built environment. This weekend, the partnership, known as the HEAL Partnership, put on the first of four Traffic Calming pop-up demonstrations. This weekend's demonstration in the Dutchtown Neighborhood included pop-up 'curb outs' intended to slow down traffic in a residential area. To read more about this effort, click here.

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

Where We Stand: How Do Rankings Tell St. Louis' Story?
Tonight, East-West Gateway is hosting this public conversation on the findings from the most recent release of the Where We Stand report. This event will take place tonight at 6:30 at St. Louis Public Library's Central Library Auditorium. For more information on this event, click here.

Investing in Quality Neighborhoods in St. Louis
On October 15, join For the Sake of All at City Garden Montessori for the fourth of six Community Action Forums. This forum will focus on how to invest in quality neighborhoods. For more information about this upcoming event, click here.


2015 Alliance National Conference
This year's Alliance National Conference is being held in downtown St. Louis at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. The conference spans three days starting today and running through October 16. Terrence Roberts, one of the "Little Rock Nine," is the event's keynote speaker. Included among this event's sponsors are two CBN members, Grace Hill Settlement House and the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation. For more information about this conference and to register, click here.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS
Benchmarking Blitz
On October 27, the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter will host this workshop on how to conduct energy benchmarking and tracking for your building. For more information and to register, click here.

Building an Effective Fundraising Organization
Between January 22 and September 23 of 2016, the Brown School of Social Work is hosting a CEO seminar series on how to build an effective fundraising organizations. This seminar series is intended for organizations with annual revenues between $500,000 and $2 million. For more information, click here.

EVENTS

October 15
Artist Talk with Edna Patterson and Eugenia Alexander in Old North St. Louis

October 22
2015 Night Out for Neighborhoods and Better Neighborhoods Awards

November 7
Images of Grace Gala

November 14
Our Money Matters - The Musical


2015 SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference

Through December 23
Images of Grace at the RAC


KNOW YOUR REGION
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 are sharing a map displaying allocations of low-income housing tax credits in the St. Louis region. To view this map, click here. To view maps from previous editions, click here.

 

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!

Ben and Jerry's Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program
Ben and Jerry's through its Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program is offering grants of up to $20,000 for nonprofit organizations working to determine solutions to community problems. The deadline to apply for this year's grant cycle is October 15. For more information on this program, click here.

Accepting Applications for Heart of the Community
The Heart of the Community (HOTC) is a place-making program that supports six community projects each year through grants and technical assistance. HOTC is currently accepting applications for 2016 projects. Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 16. For more information, click here.

Rise 2016 Collaborative Grant
On Monday, Rise announced it would begin accepting applications for the 2016 Rise Collaborative Grant. Funding is available for CDCs working in much of the St. Louis area. Letters of intent for this grant are due by October 16. For more information, click here

St. Louis County CDBG
St. Louis County's Office of Community Development is accepting applications for the FY16 round of CDBG funding. Applications are due by October 16. For more information, and to apply, click here.

City of St. Louis NOFA for CDBG and HOME funding
The City of St. Louis has released its Notice of Funding Available for CDBG and HOME funding. The city's Community Development Administration is administering $2 million in this funding cycle. The application deadline is October 16. For more information, and to apply, click here

CCHD Community Development Grants
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has announced the availability of grant dollars for community development projects and organizations addressing poverty. Grants range from $25,000 to $75,000. Pre-applications will be accepted until November 1. For more information, click here.
Assistant Vice President of New Market Tax Credits
The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (SLEDP) is seeking applicants for a position as an Assistant Vice President of New Market Tax Credits. To view position descriptions and requirements, click here.

Chief Resilience Officer
After being selected as a Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient City, the City of St. Louis is seeking a Chief Resilience Officer to develop a Resilience Strategy. To read more about this position and to apply, click here.

Executive Director
Skinker-Debaliviere Community Council is accepting applications for a new Executive Director. Applications submissions are requested before October 25. For more information on how to apply, click here (opens a PDF)

Government Affairs Manager
Beyond Housing is seeking a Government Affairs Manager to manage and maintain the organization's relationships with the various governmental entities within its footprint. For more information on this position, click here.

 
Racial Disparity in Debt Collection Lawsuits: A Study of Three Metro Areas
Last week, Anna Waldman and Paul Kiel of ProPublica released this white paper that looks at court judgements across mostly black and mostly white neighborhoods. The paper finds that the mostly black neighborhoods experience court judgements at twice the rate experienced in white neighborhoods. To read their white paper, click here (opens a PDF). Along with the white paper, the two authors published a story on the ProPublic website. This story focuses on the city of Jennings, in which they found a very high ratio of lawsuits per resident population. To read that story, click here.

 
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