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Legislation to Aid Urban Farming in Food Deserts

Check out the article on Fatimah Muhammad
regarding her Be Well Farmers Market. "Muhammed and her husband therefore took it upon themselves to
develop a venture for supporting the community’s
economic viability and affordable fresh food
access. This led to the establishment of 
Be Well Farmers Market,  which provides locally grown produce, dairy, fresh flowers and herbs." The HB 1919 bill sponsored by Rep. Kimberly-Ann Collins, D-St. Louis, aims to establish a tax credit for urban farms for the sole purpose of food production. 

Redevelopment in the West End - Part of Delmar Divine Opens

"The project, envisioned by Build-A-Bear founder Maxine Clark and Clayco CEO Bob Clark as bridging the north-south "Delmar Divide" — St. Louis' longstanding geographical boundary for race and wealth — sought new life for the vacant St. Luke's.." By Gloria Lloyd. 

Check out the story to learn more about the
amazing redevelopment project in the West End.


Two recent orders from the Missouri Public Service Commission helped mitigate the impact of Ameren Missouri’s recent rate increase for struggling families. A coalition of consumer groups and energy efficiency advocates pushed back against the rate increase, lowering it to $220 million and securing a collective set of priorities that will help the most vulnerable families who have experienced severe utility debt and disconnections as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the recent press release.


Neighborhood in Transition

Check out this phenomenal FOCUS St. Louis panel discussion featuring Julia N. Allen, 4theVille; Annissa G. McCaskill, Dutchtown South Community Corporation; Vontriece McDowell, Invest STL; Angela Pinex, Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation; and Treena Thompson, West End Resident and Board Member, Cornerstone Corporation. These amazing women are talking about St. Louis neighborhoods in transition. 

The 2022-23 Vacancy Collaborative Work Plan is now available on the Vacancy Collaborative website. After several months of analyzing our past progress and determining where we want to go next, we have released our action steps for the next 18-months.

Click through, read the work plan, and get involved in the action steps that resonate with you. You can view the work plan on our website or download a PDF version.


Events and Resources
Landlord & Rehabber Training 2022 Session

You are invited to a March 22, Landlord & Rehabber Training, Vetting & Hiring Contractors, offered online in a Zoom meeting. Register here:

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 March 22 virtual workshop.  This session will feature:

  • Keith Crawford of Management Services for Commerce, Industry and Government, LLC, who will share an overview for vetting and hiring contractors, drawn from his experience as a general contractor, project manager, and consultant. Mr. Crawford managed operations and procedures for his clients’ construction projects.  His experience includes projects for Metro Transit, Metropolitan Sewer District, MO Air National Guard, historic Meramec Elementary School, single family subdivisions Maple Acres and Riverview Terrace, and several multi-family rehab projects, among many others.

Learn the process and procedures of vetting and hiring contractors from a pro.

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

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!


West End Spring Spruce Up

Join Pocketparks and the West End community this Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 11:00 am  - 2:00 pm for a spring spruce up planting event. Pocketparks needs your help to get the West End Park ready for Spring! We will be weeding, trimming grasses, cleaning, watering, adding mulch, pruning trees/shrubs, and removing leaves/excess foliage.
What to Bring:
If you have any of these items at home, please bring them!
  • Gardening Gloves
  • Spades                                                       
  • Shovels
  • Knee Pads
  • Water Bottle  

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

Invest STL is hiring a Collaboration Support Partner. If you know anyone looking, please share. Here's a bit about us and the position. Deadline to apply is March 21, 2022. More info can be found at the link below. 

Invest STL facilitates investment in the power of people and their neighborhoods to create communities of justice and opportunity in places that continue to endure the legacy of systemic anti-Black racism. We seek to do this by generating trust-based, community-driven, place-based investments; investing in the regional community and economic development system; influencing policies and decision-making that advance equitable development; and reframing prevailing narratives in our region about predominantly Black neighborhoods and the people, power, challenges, and dreams that they hold.

The Collaboration Support Partner will provide coordination, consistency, and continuity across multiple neighborhood collaborative efforts. Internally, this role will collaborate closely with our Neighborhood Solidarity and Policy Design + Activation Partners to design, implement, and sustain on-the-ground efforts with neighborhood investees, residents, and broader community partners.

Salary range is $42k-$50k.

Click here to see the job description.

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

Working Group Meetings 
Anti Displacement:
Meets on the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 5:30pm. Contact: for more information. 
Data Analysis:
Standing Meetings TBD. Contact: Torrey @ for more information
Neighborhood Engagement: Meets on the First Thursday of the Month at 12:00pm. Contact: Dana @ for more information. 
Reinvestment and Reuse:
Meets on the First Tuesday of the Month at 10:00am. Contact: Samantha @ for more information. 
Stabilization, Maintenance, and Demolition:
Meets on the Fourth Wednesday of the Month at 11:00am. Contact: Contact Laura @ for more information. 
Vacancy Prevention:
Meets every other Third Thursday of the Month at 4:00pm. Contact 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 for more information.

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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