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Give STL Day - May 5  

St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative will be participating in Give STL Day on Thursday, May 5, 2022. We are asking for donations to help us reach our goal of $5,000, to be matched up to $5,000. Will you help us to knock this goal out the park?  

Are you on vacation that day? You can give early and often between now and the day of. We appreciate the support of the community in rising to the challenge of reducing vacant properties in St. Louis city! Click here to give.


SLDC Plans to $1.5M Renovation Project to Convert Sumner High School Into A Business Resource Center 

The St. Louis Development Corp., the city's development agency, plans to open a center in north St. Louis to provide training and other resources to businesses and entrepreneurs. The project will be funded through $1.5 million from the city's American Rescue Plan Act allotment of nearly $500 million. Officials said the Northside Economic Empowerment Center will be a technical assistance hub to support growth in small businesses in north St. Louis, providing services including certification workshops for minority-owned and women-owned businesses, digital training and resources, and procurement education, among others. Check out more details.

ARPA Community Needs Survey

The City of St. Louis has released a survey allowing City residents to weigh in on their priorities for how to allocate the City's remaining $250 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Housing needs are covered under "Household Assistance," "Neighborhood Transformation," "Economic Empowerment," and "Government Services." You can select up to 3 issues per category to prioritize and put in your own suggestions at the end.

CDA Notice of Funding Release Update 

CDA released the NOFA announcement for availability of funding from the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration (CDA) to facilitate the new construction or rehabilitation of residential or mixed-use development projects. This NOFA only applies to developments located within the City of St. Louis. CDA-assisted, LRA-owned properties must form the basis for every proposal. More details here


$37M in Covid relief funding to revitalize north St. Louis clears board vote, nears passage 

A St. Louis Board of Aldermen bill that leaders say would fund job creation and healthy living in north St. Louis took a major step toward passing Tuesday. The Board of Estimate and Apportionment advanced a plan for $37 million worth of American Rescue Plan Act funds that would go to North Side corridors. The plan would allocate the funds for small businesses, nonprofits and neighborhood economic development. The federal revitalization would span across North Grand Boulevard, Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and other struggling north side areas. Read more here.
 

   Vacant Lot ToolKit Launched 

    Check out the new Vacant Lot Toolkit. This resource guide was 
    developed as a tool for neighbors and community organizations
    interested in revitalizing a vacant lot in the City of St. Louis. 
   
     Click here to view and download. 










 


Events and Resources
 
Events
 
Landlord & Rehabber Training 2022 Session

You are invited to an April 26, 6:30-8:30pm, Landlord & Rehabber Training, Creating a Healthy Home, offered online in a Zoom meeting. Register here: https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/91509703905?pwd=VGxKZkRZaHJDazBIdUE2bWJkK3djZz09

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom. Save that email or copy and paste the information into your calendar. You will need that information to join the April 26 virtual workshop.  This session will feature:

  • Richard Reilly, the Energy Programs Manager at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Earthways Center, was among the first to be certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) as a Healthy Homes Evaluator. Richard will provide an overview of this concept and review the eight primary healthy housing principles: Keep it Clean, Keep it Dry, Keep it Pest-free, Keep it Contaminant-free, Keep it Safe, Keep it Ventilated, Keep it Comfortable, & Keep it Maintained.

Come prepared with questions on how to Create Healthy Housing for your family & tenants.

The 2022 Landlord & Rehabber Training is a Northside-Southside Collaboration between North Newstead Association, The Vacancy Collaborative, and Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC. This FREE training is open to all landlords, property managers, rehabbers, developers, and interested parties. Zoom is ADA compliant with exceptions. If you need special accommodations, please contact dana@towergrovecdc.org


CBN Annual Neighborhood Celebration



Tickets are now on sale for the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis' 2022 Annual Neighborhood Celebration on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park! Reserve your ticket here by April 30 to save 20% on admission!
 

Vacant Property Resource  
 
Vacant Property Explorer
 
The Vacant Property Explorer, introduced in July 2021, is a robust tool for viewing and exploring potentially vacant properties in the City of St. Louis. This new tool displays likely and confirmed vacant properties in the City, combining data from several City departments. The new Explorer automatically updates on a monthly basis and provides more detail on the property's history, status and burden to the surrounding area. 

Just click on a colored parcel on the map to learn more about that property. See something that needs updating? Once you click on the property, a popup box will appear on the left. Then just click the Report It dropdown arrow to alert the City department you wish to receive notice. 
Racial Equity Spotlight

"A Red Circle and STL Mutual Aid are hosting a presentation on the St. Louis Affordable Housing Report Card with a training on rental assistance on Saturday, March 26th from 4:00-6:00 pm. Click here for a flyer with more information, and click here to join the Zoom meeting.
Job Listings

                            Park Central Development

Job Opportunity with Park Central Development  

Park Central is hiring for a Full Time Resource Specialist to join their team. This candidate will be responsible for addressing individual and family needs in the neighborhoods we currently serve with neighborhood-based community resource counseling. The Resource Specialist will work with existing residents so they are able to stay in their homes and benefit from the developments by connecting them with critical services, such as housing, employment opportunities, emergency utilities assistance, transportation, childcare, and other immediate needs. Check out the job listing here

Vacancy Collaborative Recurring Events
The Vacancy Reading Group has continued meeting during COVID via zoom. All are welcome! Contact: dana.malkus@slu.edu for more information. 








 
Working Group Meetings 
Anti Displacement:
Meets on the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 5:30pm. Contact: stldisplacementwg@gmail.com for more information. 
Data Analysis:
Standing Meetings TBD. Contact: Torrey @ torrey@communitybuildersstl.org for more information
Neighborhood Engagement: Meets on the First Thursday of the Month at 12:00pm. Contact: Dana @ dana.malkus@slu.edu for more information. 
Reinvestment and Reuse:
Meets on the First Tuesday of the Month at 10:00am. Contact: Samantha @ samantha.lee@pocketparks.co for more information. 
Stabilization, Maintenance, and Demolition:
Meets on the Fourth Wednesday of the Month at 11:00am. Contact: Contact Laura @ ginnl@stlouis-mo.gov for more information. 
Vacancy Prevention:
Meets every other Third Thursday of the Month at 4:00pm. Contact stlvacancypreventionwg@gmail.com for more information. 
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What is the St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative?
The St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative (VC) is a coalition of community members, private and non-profit stakeholders, and City agencies committed to reducing vacant property in St. Louis. The VC helps to coordinate existing vacancy efforts under one umbrella and empowers the public and private sectors to work together toward solutions. We convene committees and working groups to facilitate systemic change, advance new policies, share success stories, and support neighborhood-centric solutions. Head to www.stlvacancy.com for more information.

Support
Funding to support coordination of the St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative was provided, in part, by Missouri Foundation for Health, the Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Bank, and many generous individual donors. 
You can make a donation now if you are so inclined :)
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