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December 12, 2013


City of St. Louis Consolidated Plan: An opportunity for Civic Engagement and Strengthening Our Community Development System

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.  

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The Community Builders Network Exchange will Return on January 8, 2014 due to the holidays.

Alderman appointed as Director for Community Development Administration
Alderman Fred Wessels has been appointed by Mayor Francis Slay to head the Community Development Administration for St. Louis City.  Alderman Wessels will replace Jill Claybour who is retiring.  For the full story click here.

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.

Missouri Housing Development Commission List Tax Credit Recommendations
MHDC released a list of organizations that it recommends for the 2014 NOFA funding rounds.  Community Builders Network members Beyond Housing, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, DeSales Community Housing Corporation and Lemay Housing Partnership are among those listed for recommendations. For the full story click here.

New Fund from Enterprise Community Partners Streamlines Investment Process
Enterprise Community Partners created a $143.9 million fund that can be a one-stop shop for those looking to invest in affordable housing and provides new resources for affordable housing development. For the Full Story click here.  

2014 Community Builders Network Awards Reception Seeks Nominations and is Open for Registration
The Community Builders Network opens its nominations for the 2014 Community Builders Awards Reception set to take place on March 6th at the Missouri Botanical Garden. CBN is looking forward to hosting another successful reception highlighting the tremendous efforts of the community development field. For an electronic nomination form click here and for a file nomination form click here. To register for this event click here. CBN hopes you make a nomination and attend the event.


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 information click here.


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 information click here.


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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!

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.

Director Of Housing And Economic Development 
Beyond Housing seeks a Director of Housing and Economic Development to oversee, organize and evaluate the economic development, affordable housing programs. For more information click here.
Mobility and the Metropolis: How Communities factor into Economic Mobility
The Pew Charitable Trust polled Americans asking what elements are needed to get ahead in the U.S. economy.  80% of Americans said that ambition, hard work and access to education were important factors in upward mobility.  Research shows that a person's neighborhood has a profound affect on upward mobility.  For the full publication click here
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