By Karl Guenther, Community Development Specialist, University of Missouri St. Louis
By November 2014 the City of St. Louis has to devise a new Consolidated Plan to guide its spending of federal block grant resources from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over the next five years. Based on past funding levels, this represents about $100 million in federal spending. The new emphasis by HUD on data, outcomes, and resident engagement make this a real opportunity for improving the community development system in the City of St. Louis.
Research shows that segregation has a negative impact on health in St. Louis Assistant professor Keon Gilbert at SLU's college of public health and social justice and Melody Goodman assistant professor of surgery at Washington University co-wrote the fourth policy brief in For the Sake of All series on segregation. The brief outlines the impact that segregation has on the health of African Americans in a particular neighborhood in St. Louis. To listen to the findings of this report and to read click here.
Bank Celebrates One Year anniversary in Pagedale Midwest Bank Centre celebrated its one year anniversary in the City of Pagedale. This is the first full service bank in the city's history. This Midwest branch is housed inside the Rosie Shields Manor on the corner of Ferguson and Page Blvd. For the full story click here.
Best Practices in Engagement for Resident Services Staff
Enterprise Community Partners hosts this webinar on engaging residents around healthy living, energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction and recycling practices. This December 17th (1-2:30 pm CT) webinar is geared toward affordable housing owner's resident services staff. For more information click here.
Rebound Communities: What Explains Neighborhood Success UMSL's Community Partnership Project hosts another event in the What's Brewing? series exploring various strategies and approaches to creating successful communities along with some background data from Professor Todd Swanstrom. The next event will be held on February 13th from 7:30-9:00 a.m. The next neighborhood to be focused on is to be determined. For more informationclick here.
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS
Affordable Housing and Mixed Income Community Management Workshop Washington University in St.Louis and NeighborWorks offers this course emphasizing financial strategies for managing and operating subsidized housing January 6th-10th. For more information click here.
Grant Writing Workshop Washington University St.Louis offers this workshop on December 17th through the 19th focused on strengthening grant writing skills and techniques for beginners as well as professionals. For more informationclick here.
Our Town Grant
The National Endowment for the Arts offers a grant to support projects that increase the liveability of communities and sustainability of local neighborhoods. For more information click here.
Marketing outreach and events manager Habitat for Humanity St. Louis seeks a marketing outreach and events manager to help further the mission of the organization through branding, imaging and educating the community about Habitat for Humanity. For more information click here.