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Late April News and Updates
Early giving started on April 5th. Give STL Day is on May 6th. A donation to the Vacancy Collaborative helps ensure that this inclusive, community-centered effort to combat vacancy is sustained for years to come. 
Donate Now
Thanks to the generosity of the St. Louis REALTORS®, Carrollton Bank, and True Title Company, the first $5,000 of donations on Give STL Day will be matched!  

 
What Your Donation Can Do
Job Opportunities
Paid Fellowship with the Vacancy Collaborative and Green City Coalition

We are looking for a Policy & Partners Fellow to work with the Vacancy Collaborative and Green City Coalition over the next two years. The Lead for America fellowship program selects, trains, and places leaders ages 21-30 in high-leverage roles within their local communities. The deadline is May 14, 2021.

Learn More and Apply for the Position HerePlease share with your networks! 
 

Mayor's Office Job Portal  

View open positions for Mayor Jones's office. If you are interested in a position not listed, please fill out the form on the bottom of the page.
 
Racial Equity Spotlight
In 2019, the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic at Washington University School of Law, Action St. Louis, ArchCity DefendersDutchtown South Community Corporation, and the Sierra Club prepared a report called "Environmental Racism in St. Louis." The report highlight environmental injustices that disproportionately impact people of color and low-income individuals in St. Louis and adovcates for system changes to address these injustices.  

April is Earth Month. Let's take this time to reflect on environmental racism and injustice in St. Louis. One aspect of environmental racism that the report addressed is vacant buildings. The report highlights, "Abandoned buildings may contain asbestos in insulation and in floor and ceiling tiles, lead-based paint, and, in the case of commercial or industrial buildings, oil, PCBs, or other chemicals. If left untreated, these properties are at greater risk to grow dangerous mold. In addition, the demolition of vacant buildings exposes residents to harmful dust, lead, and/or asbestos."

 
Working Group Spotlight
Data Analysis Working Group- Preview of New Vacant Property Explorer

The Data Analysis Working Group is close to unveiling the new and improved Vacant Property Explorer! This new tool will display suspected and confirmed vacant properties in the City combining data from several City departments. The new Explorer will automatically upate on a monthly basis and provides more detail on the property's history, status and burden. Stay tuned for its release!

News and Events

 
Next Up: Property Management Services and Software. Tuesday April 27th @ 6:30pm via Zoom. Registration Link 

These free, monthly trainings are funded by a HUD Community Development Block Grant via the St. Louis Community Development Administration and coordinated by Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, North Newstead Association, and the Vacancy Collaborative.    
 

 Other News and Events  

April is Money Smart Month! 

On Thursdays in April, join the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force for the Money Smart Month - Preparing for Home Ownership Series
 

Policy, Practice, Process: Transforming Neighborhoods through Equitable Revitalization
 
Policy, Practice, Process: Transforming Neighborhoods through Equitable Revitalization is a 6 part training session hosted by the St. Louis REALTORS® that focuses on realizing equitable revitalization strategies. Next Up: Engaging the Community to Develop Equitable Solutions. May 18th @ 1pm via Zoom  
 

Creative Placemaking: New Tools for Empowering Community-Led Revitalization 
 

Join Center for Commmunity Progress on May 27th @12pm ET for a webinar about how neighborhoods are using arts and culture to improve the quality of life for residents and transforming vacant properties in the process.    
 

Saint Louis University Law and Urban Planning Students to present, Manufactured Housing: An Option for Repopulating St. Louis? 
 
Students will present their findings on the subject of Manufactured Housing as a tool for development during SLU's Urban Issue Symposium on May 11th @ 4:15pm. RSVP to bob.m.lewis@slu.edu to attend.  
 

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and the Urban League's Women's Business Center to Host "Building a Better Business Series" on Wednesdays in May at 5:30pm.  
 
Next Up: Business Planning on May 5th @ 5:30pm. This session will cover key components of a business plan, including understanding its primary purposes of 1) creating an effective strategy for growth, 2) determining your  future financial needs, and 3) attracting investors and lenders. Register For the First Session Here 
Telling the Vacancy Story


VC team member, Ronald Jones, conducted interviews of community members to learn more about the impact vacancy has on individuals and how they are leading the way on solutions. Ronald has published two new stories about Bob Marshak and Judith Arnold.  


 
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: Next Meeting TBD. Contact: tara@communitybuildersstl.org for more information. 
Marketing and Engagement: Meets on the First Thursday of the Month at 12:00pm. Contact: dana.malkus@slu.edu for more information. 
Reinvestment and Reuse: Meets on the First Tuesday of the Month at 10:00am. Contact: naimgry@yahoo.com for more information. 
Stabilization, Maintenance, and Demolition: Meets on the Fourth Wednesday of the Month at 11:00am. Contact: ginnl@stlouis-mo.gov for more information. 
Vacancy Prevention: Meets every other Third Thursday of the Month at 4:00pm. Contact pjhoffman@lsem.org 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, and the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis. 
 
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