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2022 Top of the Year News

News and Events
Vacancy Collaborative News
The St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative would like to congratulate Vacancy Advisory Committee Co-Chair Sundy Whiteside for being named Missouri REALTORS® 2021 Good Neighbor Award recipient!

Serving as Board President for the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO), Sundy has been the creator and driving force behind numerous initiatives focused on strengthening neighborhoods and improving quality of life for St. Louis residents. Additionally, she is the co-founder and current co-chair of the St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative, a coalition dedicated to reducing the number of vacant properties and the negative impact of vacant properties within the city of St. Louis.

Accepting on behalf of SLACO and the St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative, Sundy was presented with a check from Missouri REALTORS® for $5,000. Learn more about Sundy's story by watching the 2021 Good Neighbor Award video.

Clear Titles Legislation
Director, Torrey Park and Vacancy Advisory Committee member, Dana Malkus, spoke with St. Louis Public Radio about the new bill introduced by Representative O'Donnell in the Missouri State Legislature. House Bill 2218 addresses the significant legal barriers to investment in any property that has gone through a tax foreclosure. Title insurance is an essential component to development and homeownership. Without title insurance, property cannot be bought or sold for full value, and bank financing - either for the purchase of the home - or for its rehabilitation - is not possible. 

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"Real estate investors are rehabbing homes north of Delmar Boulevard in transactions that, while small in number, are bringing unheard of prices for the area and leading to hope that the region's long-standing dividing line for race and wealth may be starting to break down." By Gloria Lloyd. 

Check out the story to learn more about the amazing real estate investors dispelling the Delmar Divide stigma by rehabilitating homes in north St. Louis neighborhoods.

Revitalization of Baden Association (ROBA) plans to reclaim the growing number of abandoned homes in their neighborhood and they are looking for partners who care about Baden as much as they do and want to call it home. With the help of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, ROBA STL is seeking legal control of abandoned homes through a court process. If you or your family have construction skills, financial stability, and a dream of becoming a homeowner, they want your help rehabilitating these homes!

To learn more, click the link or contact us by email at or call Gloria Gooden at 314-580-6811.


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 Feb. 22, Landlord & Rehabber Training, Funding Sources for RE Acquisition and Rehab, 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 February 22 virtual workshop. This session will feature:

  • Steve Bahru of CIBC, offers FHA, VA, Conventional, and Portfolio mortgage products.
  • Colleen Hafner of Rise Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Rise’s CDFI focuses on lending to small neighborhood-scale real estate developers and minority-owned contractors. 
  • Renden Click of Gateway Neighborhood Fund, offering home purchase and rehab financing for STL city homes in areas where there are appraisal gaps. Gateway Neighborhood Fund is a collaborative initiative between local banks, the City of St. Louis, and community organizations, including EHOC and Justine Petersen - the fund’s administrator. 
  • Odester Saunders, Managing General Partner of LDS Management LLC, offers Logistics, Design, Strategies and Management concepts for planning, funding, marketing and development of residential and commercial Co-Op Ventures(c) with a focus on distressed neighborhoods. 

Learn about the various funding sources, as well as 1st time homebuyer down payment assistance.

Cornerstone Lunch-and-Learn Webinar Series

Center for Community Progress new line up for their monthly Cornerstone lunch-and-learn webinar series. Stay stay up-to-date on the latest trends in community development. Webinars take place from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET on the fourth Thursday of each month and offer a range of topics including land banks and land banking, vacant land stewardship, and strategic code enforcement.

Check out the upcoming webinars below and register now to save your seat!

Land Banks and Community Land Trusts: Partnering to Provide Equitable Housing Opportunities for Generations to Come
Thursday, February 24, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Understanding The Final Rule: Leveraging ARPA To Address Vacancy and Strengthen Communities
Thursday, March 10, 2022, 12:00  - 1:00 pm ET


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

"While a lack of quality and affordable housing for lower income residents affects people of all races and ethnicities in our region, we cannot release this Affordable Housing Report Card without acknowledging St. Louis’ specific history and context of racial segregation and its pervasive effects."

Check out the St. Louis Affordable Housing Report Card. Released earlier this month, the report card is a tool for determining our progress in providing affordable housing in the St. Louis region. It was commissioned by the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Coalition with support from the Deaconess Foundation. URBNRX served as the lead consultant on the project with support from Osiyo Design + Engagement
Job Listings

Community Builders Network

Executive Director

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is looking for their next Executive Director as their current ED, Jenny Connelly-Bowen, prepares to step down from the role by the end of June.

CBN is seeking an Executive Director who is a change agent, a strategic leader able to mobilize and focus the power of member organizations to further equitable community and economic development in St. Louis. The successful candidate will:
  • Value differing opinions and be able to galvanize membership around a shared voice.
  • Be able to center the grassroots perspectives of neighborhood-based nonprofits while considering the grasstops perspectives of regional entities, and have the 30,000-foot perspective needed to effectively lead at the coalition level.
  • Be equipped to increase visibility and resources for place-based community development in St. Louis and drive strong capacity building initiatives for place-based nonprofits.
Click here for more information about the position. Applications are due Friday, February 25, 2022. To apply or set up a conversation to learn more, please reach out to
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. 
Neighborhood Engagement: Meets on the First Thursday of the Month at 12:00pm. Contact: for more information. 
Reinvestment and Reuse:
Meets on the First Tuesday of the Month at 10:00am. Contact: for more information. 
Stabilization, Maintenance, and Demolition:
Meets on the Fourth Wednesday of the Month at 11:00am. Contact: 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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