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October 26, 2016


Immigrants Can Help Revitalize Inner Cities in the 21st Century

By Cyril D. Loum, Executive Director of Caring Ministries, Inc.

In recent years, many immigrants and refugees have been moving to the United States to be part of the American Dream. The American Dream that "every U.S. citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative" has changed our communities, especially our inner cities. Our inner cities now have large concentrations of immigrants who contribute to the success of many of the most economically vibrant U.S. cities. In response to this trend, Caring Ministries, Inc. (CMI) was established to reinforce the positive trends of immigrant influxes to revamp inner-city communities.

The process of establishing strong communities with immigrants and Americans starts with building strong relationships with various neighborhood leaders. Immigrants need to have conversations about the safety of neighborhoods and school systems. Other issues that the immigrant population faces are the necessary demands from extended family members living abroad and the fragmented family unit.

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We Live Here Highlights Place-Based Community Development Efforts in the St. Louis Region
The latest episode of St. Louis Public Radio's We Live Here highlights a handful of local people and organizations working to "change the look of poverty" in the St. Louis region. The show talks with Melvin White about his vision for Beloved Streets of America, Rosie Willis about her thriving community garden (Fresh Starts) in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood, and Beyond Housing's Chris Krehmeyer about the 24:1 Initiative's efforts to preserve and protect trees as neighborhood assets. Click here to listen to the episode.

Former Wilkinson School on Arsenal Could Become Affordable Apartments For Teachers
Arsenal's Wilkinson School, which has been closed since 2008, is under development for possible conversion into an affordable apartment complex targeted to teachers. The project is part of an effort to keep city teachers from migrating to the suburbs. In recent months, school district officials have been working out plans to turn vacant school buildings "that were once liabilities into community assets," including community centers and senior living facilities. Click here for the full story.

Next Development Phase at Cortex Adds Amenities Meant to Draw And Retain Talent
Major expansion plans were announced last week for the Cortex technology district, including a hotel, apartments, retail space, additional labs, and a parking garage. Construction will start early next year and run through the end of 2018, around the same time the new Boyle Avenue MetroLink stop opens. Officials hope the development will draw more businesses, businesspeople, and investors to the area. Click here for the full story.

East Fox Homes Redevelopment Project Underway In Fox Park And Tower Grove East Neighborhoods
Rise Community Development (Rise) and Messiah Lutheran Church are leading a project to rehab twelve buildings in the Fox Park and Tower Grove East neighborhoods. East Fox Homes will create 45 apartments targeted to newly arrived Bhutanese refugees. The neighborhoods' density and proximity to retail, job opportunities, and public transit are ideal for these new neighbors, many of whom do not have access to a car. Messiah Lutheran Church is currently welcoming a growing population of Bhutanese refugees and is "very pleased" about the project. Click here to read more.

DeSales Community Housing To Lead $12.7 Million Rehab Of 19 Fox Park Homes
Nineteen homes in the Fox Park neighborhood will start receiving new roofs, windows, and apartment unit interiors next year as part of a rehab project led by DeSales Community Housing Corporation. The project will be funded partly by state and federal historic and low-income housing tax credits, as well as up to $6.5 million in revenue bonds that were just given initial approval by the St. Louis Industrial Development Authority this month. Click here to read more.

Long-Vacant Building in Shaw Neighborhood To Become A Second Baileys' Range
Local burger restaurant Baileys' Range has confirmed that it plans to open a second location in a former gas station and repair shop that has long stood vacant at 4175 Shaw. The restaurant will open in late 2017 and feature a menu similar to the original Baileys' Range with some additional grab-and-go options added. The Baileys' team is thankful to Tower Grove Neighbrhoods CDC for their help and hard work in getting the project off the ground. Click here to read the full press release.

Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority Approves Bond Issue For New NGA Site
The Land Clearance for Development Authority of St. Louis has authorized an issue of up to $120 million in revenue bonds in preparation for the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) site in North St. Louis City. The bonds are meant to cover loans the city took out to purchase the land for the project. Bonds will likely be issued late in November. Click here to read more.

Segregation By Design Exhibition Explores American Apartheid
The Segregation By Design Exhibition from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts draws on photographs and conversations to explore segregation issues in the United States. The exhibit will be on display from October 28th through January 3rd. An opening reception that highlights some of the project's "haunting and astonishing" photographs will be held this Friday, October 28th in Washington University's Olin Library at 5:30 pm. Click here to learn more.

New Tool Maps The History of Redlining in the United States
Maps and documents from the archives of the federal Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC, created during the Great Depression) that highlight the history of redlining across the U.S. are now available online. Mapping Inequality houses maps of "investment risk" by area in various cities. Proxy variables for higher-risk areas often included a neighborhood's racial and socioeconomic characteristics. Click here to view maps for St. Louis and here to read more about the website.

EPA Releases Land Revitalization Toolkit for Communities
The Land Revitalization Program Team at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a toolkit highlighting land revitalization strategies for communities interested in sustainably redeveloping formerly contaminated properties. The publication spotlights tools that have grown out of community-based projects assisted by the Land Revitalization Program Team, including tools for property prioritization, economic development and climate resilience, brownfields development, and more. Click here for more information.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Turns 30
October 22nd marked the 30th birthday of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit), now the U.S.'s "primary tool for encouraging private investment in affordable rental housing." Enterprise Community Partners estimates that since its inception in 1986, the Housing Credit has allowed development of over 2.9 million apartments and provided affordable homes for about 6.7 million low-income families. Enterprise hopes that legislators will prioritize expanding the Housing Credit during the coming decade to address growing needs for affordable housing. Click here to read more.


Vince Schoemehl On Preparing St. Louis For The Future
Tonight, October 26th, Vince Schoemehl will share ideas about the changes that could shape the future in St. Louis and how our region should prepare for them. The discussion is part of an informational session about UMSL's Master of Public Policy Administration program. Click here to learn more.

SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference
The 21st annual Regional Neighborhoods Conference from the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) is this Saturday, October 29th at Harris-Stowe State University. This year's conference theme is "Neighborhoods for Everyone" and will explore topics related to social and environmental justice, multigenerational and sustainable communities, and neighborhood health and safety. Click here to learn more and here to register.

Refugee Resettlement Best Practices in St. Louis and Germany
This Sunday, October 30th at 2:00 pm at the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Mosaic Project and the International Institute of St. Louis will host a free town hall meeting and round table discussion on successful strategies for refugee resettlement and immigration integration. Click here for more information.

Community Day at Cortex
On November 10th, the Cortex Innovation Community and the St. Louis Promise Zone are inviting members of the community to learn more about the Cortex community, where STEM education and entrepreneurship come together. Attendees will get a tour of the TechShop facility and learn about how Cortex and other organizations can help start a business. Click here to learn more and register.

Dialogue with the Fed: is Homeownership Still the American Dream?
On November 15th from 6:00-8:00 pm, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will host a panel discussion on declining homeownership rates and whether they reflect short-term reactions to the recent recession or long-term changes in our society. The event will conclude with an audience question-and-answer session. Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to learn more.

How Housing Matters Conference
The National Housing Conference, the Urban Institute, HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research, and the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing are hosting the How Housing Matters Conference on December 13th in Washington, D.C. The conference seeks to discuss how housing can help promote positive health, education, and economic opportunity outcomes and invites practitioners from different sectors to participate. For more information, click here.

New Partners For Smart Growth Conference
The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, the U.S.'s largest smart growth and sustainability event, will convene in St. Louis on February 2nd-4th of 2017. This year's conference is focused on "Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities" and will feature presentations, breakout and training sessions, workshops, peer-to-peer learning, networking, and more. Click here for more information.

People & Places Conference: Spring 2017
Save the date for the People & Places Conference next spring! The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA), in partnership with several other organizations, is hosting a peer-learning conference for community development practitioners next May 31st through June 2nd in Arlington, Virginia.


Workshop from Rise on Youth Engagement and Empowerment for Improved Community Outcomes
Rise Community Development (Rise), in collaboration with the United Way and East Side Aligned, is presenting a workshop focused on youth voice and leadership this Friday, October 28th. The session will discuss the importance of engaging youth in community improvement efforts and opportunities to elevate youth as active community stakeholders. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

SLU Law Small Business and Entrepreneurship Workshop
On November 2nd, the SLU Law Entrepreneurship and Community Development (ECD) Clinic is hosting a Small Business Workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The workshop will cover various business and legal topics, including best practices and risk mitigation strategies. Attendees will have an opportunity request pro bono assistance through the ECD Clinic and connect with local nonprofits after the event. Click here to register.

Brownfields Marketplace Preparatory Webinar
SLU's Center for Sustainability will be hosting a brownfields marketplace on February 22nd, 2017 for area organizations and stakeholders interested in brownfields redevelopment. Interested parties are invited to attend a webinar that will cover an overview of how to prepare for the marketplace on Wednesday, November 9th from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. The event will be held at SLU's Il Monastero facility at 3050 Olive Street. Please click here for more information and contact Dr. Sarah Coffin at with questions.

Starting and Governing A Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization in Missouri
On November 10th, UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NPML) program is offering a class on how to start and govern a Missouri-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The course has a practical focus and discusses resources, processes, and best practices for gaining and maintaining tax-exempt status from the IRS. Click here to register.

Asset Management Training from the Brown School of Social Work, NeighborWorks America
This three-course certificate program, Affordable Housing and Mixed Income Community Management, prepares professionals with key skills and knowledge to successfully manage property and services, maximize performance, and strategize sustainable growth. Courses can be taken as stand-alone opportunities or in pursuit of NeighborWorks America's "Asset Management Specialist" designation. Click here for details.


October 27
City of St. Louis 2017 Annual Action Plan Public Hearing

October 27
2017 CDBG and HOME Funds Public Hearing

October 28
Segregation By Design Exhibition Reception

November 2
St. Louis County 2017 Annual Action Plan Public Hearing

November 3
St. Louis County 2017 Annual Action Plan Public Hearing

December 7
Beyond Housing Home for the Holidays Benefit Concert

December 10
TEDxGatewayArch 2016 Annual Event: BOUNCE



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 maps that look at foreign-born residents in the St. Louis region. 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.

City of St. Louis Community Development Administration Winter 2016 Notice of Funding Availability
The City of St. Louis Community Development Administration (CDA) will issue the Winter 2016 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on November 7th. At that time, a copy of the NOFA and associated requirements will be available online here. Additional information, including the date and time for a general workshop presentation, will be available on CDA's website after the release date. Please contact Matthew Sisul, CDA Residential Development Manager ( or 314-657-3814) with questions.

EPA Smart Growth Technical Assistance Programs
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers technical assistance programs for communities interested in development strategies that promote health for people and the environment, create economic opportunities, and make neighborhoods more attractive and affordable. Applications for next round of three programs—Cool and Connected, Healthy Places for Healthy People, and Local Foods, Local Places—are due November 6th. Click here to learn more.

CSH Show Me Healthy Housing Fund
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national Community Development Financial Institution and expert in supportive housing and lending, has introduced a new acquisition and predevelopment loan pool in Missouri, the Show Me Healthy Housing Loan Fund. This fund draws on funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health and CSH's national loan pool to finance predevelopment costs associated with high-impact supportive housing projects. Click here to read more.

Kresge Foundation Local Systems Program
The Kresge Foundation is accepting applications for its Local Systems program, which supports cross-sector, cross-disciplinary projects that integrate arts and culture into community revitalization efforts and promote creative placemaking. Nonprofit organizations and government entities working with disinvested communities are invited to apply. Proposals are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Click here for more information.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize awards up to $25,000 to local communities in recognition of outstanding efforts to prioritize community health and well-being. The Prize seeks to celebrate success stories that involve entire communities and "define health in the broadest possible terms." Applicants should note that this award is for work that has already been accomplished. Phase I applications are due November 3rd. Click here for more information.

Lodestar Foundation 2017 Collaboration Prize
The Lodestar Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 Collaboration Prize from October 3rd through November 16th. The award seeks to recognize effective, impactful examples of permanent collaboration among nonprofit organizations, community foundations, government entities, and/or public agencies in response to challenges or opportunities. One grand prize winner will receive $150,000, with $10,000 awarded to eight finalists. Click here for more information.

Community Progress Technical Assistance Scholarship Program
The Technical Assistance Scholarship Program from Community Progress provides progressive technical assistance to communities aiming to assess, reform, develop, and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment. Five finalists will be selected for on-the-ground assessments to gauge project potential; three of these will receive up to 400 hours of reduced-rate technical assistance from national experts. Applications are due November 17th. Click here to read more.

Surdna Foundation Grants For Urban Infrastructure
The Surdna Foundation's Sustainable Environments Program invites Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from nonprofit organizations working to improve or overhaul outdated, overburdened urban infrastructure. Grant applications are currently being accepted to fund three main program categories: Sustainable Transportation Networks & Equitable Development Patterns, Urban Water Management, and Regional Food Supply. Favorable proposals will foster collaboration, focus on underserved communities, and/or encourage long-term investments and solutions. Click here for more information.

Sam's Club Community Grant Program
The Walmart Foundation's Community Grant Program is accepting applications for grants ranging from $250 to $2,500. Applicants should operate within the service area of a Walmart, Sam's Club, or other Walmart facility. Applications will be accepted through December 31st. For more information, click here.
Housing Authority of St. Louis County: Deputy Director of Finance and Administration
The Housing Authority of St. Louis County is looking for a Deputy Director of Finance and Administration to direct and manage accounting and financial reporting, as well as functions of treasury management, procurement, insurance, and facilities management. Applicants should have strong knowledge of accounting, governmental principles, fiscal and administrative management, and local government procedures and policies. Applications are due November 30th. Click here for more information.

U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation: Strategic Communications Manager
U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation (CDC) is seeking a Strategic Communications Manager to lead efforts to align the planning and execution of both internal and external CDC communications. This role is responsible for advancing the U.S. Bank brand and the organization's CDC strategy by developing channels to tell the CDC's story within the Bank and the industry at-large. Click here for more information.

Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization: Community Development/Nonprofit Intern
Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization is seeking a Community Development/Nonprofit Intern to assist with fundraising and outreach efforts, including grant research and application preparation and the development of strategy and content for social media outlets. The intern will also create a promotional brochure for the organization. Preferred candidates will be able to attend monthly organization committee and board meetings in the evenings. Click here for more information.

Tower Grove Park: Membership Officer
Tower Grove Park is looking for a Membership Officer to manage the Friends of Tower Grove Park program, including the Young Friends program, related events, and tribute gifts. This position is responsible for engaging the Park's membership community, generating membership revenue, assisting with identification and cultivation of major gift prospects, helping with programs and events, and managing social media accounts. Applications are due November 10th. Click here for more information.

Habitat for Humanity: Accounting Associate
Habitat for Humanity St. Louis is hiring an Accounting Associate to assist with processing, documenting, and supporting financial and accounting activities. This position helps prepare monthly financial statements and process daily accounting activities. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, October 27th. Click here for more information.

Beyond Housing: Rental Housing Occupancy Specialist
Beyond Housing is seeking a Rental Housing Occupancy Specialist to work with its Rental Housing Manager to select residents that will best benefit from Beyond Housing's Service Enriched Rental Program. This role manages outreach, screening, documentation, and coordination responsibilities related to this process. Click here to learn more.

Katherine Dunham Internship With the Regional Arts Commission
The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) is accepting applications from St. Louis-area candidates for the Katherine Dunham Internship, which aims to increase diversity in the arts administration field. The program has a special focus on using community art to support social change and community development. Interns train predominantly with RAC's Artist and Community Initiatives Department, gain experience in arts administration, and have access to opportunities for professional and personal enrichment. Applications are due November 11th. Click here to learn more.
New Report Finds Low Social Mobility Between Generations
paper released last month argues that intergenerational social mobility might be more limited than previously thought. The report draws on a new data set with information on American families that extends back to 1910, allowing researchers to look beyond parent-child relationships and consider the conditions of grandparents and great-grandparents as well. This expanded perspective provides insight into whether and how individuals benefit (or don't) from the knowledge and resources that their ancestors have amassed. The authors estimate that past studies have underestimated by about 20 percent the persistence of a family's economic conditions over time. Click here for a summary and here to order a copy of the paper.
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