Sean Thomas appointed to head Proposition NS Fund

The battle against derelict buildings in St. Louis just got a new leader and $6 million-a-year war chest. 

On Monday, Sean Thomas started work as leader of Project NS, a city effort to shore up salvageable homes owned by the Land Reutilization Authority.

In April 2017, voters approved Proposition NS (Neighborhood Stabilization), which authorized a small property tax increase allowing the city to sell up to $40 million in bonds for stabilizing residential property. That measure said that up to $6 million of the bond revenue should be issued a year.


Taylor Community Consulting Program Report

In 2019, SLACO was chosen to be a partner of the Talyor Community Consulting program at the Olin Business School at Washington University:

The Taylor Community Consulting Program (TCCP) provides students the opportunity to impact the local nonprofit sector. Through team-based, applied learning projects, students enable positive change in the St. Louis community. Projects have included market research and advertising; strategic planning; feasibility studies for expansion; and the infusion of technology into billing and reporting activities.
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For 14 weeks during the 2019 Fall semester, four Washington University students worked with SLACO on two important projects.  The first project was collecting demographic data on each of our member neighborhoods across the St. Louis Metropolitan region.  SLACO and its members may use this data to strategically plan and execute target specific demographic based initiatives.  The data may also be used as supporting evidence and documentation for grant writing proposals.  The second project worked with our Emerging Leaders Youth to create a survey and curriculum to identify why youth may not engage in neighborhood organizing and a curriculum to facilitate discussions and solutions on how to actively include more youth in neighborhood activities and organizing.  The Washington University students did an exemplary job and dedicated many hours working with SLACO and our youth.  The documents they have produced and the data they have compiled are exceptional tools that will allow our member Neighborhood Associations and SLACO to progressively plan, increase engagement to youth, and acquire more funding.  

Pictured below are Kevin McKinney- SLACO Executive Director, Tim Yu- a Washington University Junior, Cade Elliott- a Washington University Sophomore, Rachel Li- a Washington University Junior, Lauryn McSpadden- a Washington University Senior, and Sundy Whiteside- SLACO Board President.

We are happy to release the report prepared for us, on the demographics of SLACO’s neighborhoods and our Emerging Leaders program.

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December 7, 2019: NU4Change Re-united

After our biggest year ever – 14 trips! – SLACO invited the participants in all of our neighborhood field trips back to SLACO’s Offices for a wrap-up party. Participants heard from community advocates, discussed what they’d learned from the program, and made plans to collaborate in the future. Thank you to all who participated!

Our 2019 Trip Line-up – Contact SLACO to have your organization join in 2020!

May 4, 2019 – Academy/Sherman Park and Bevo Now

May 23, 2019 – 18th Ward and BJH

June 8, 2019 – Covenant Blue and Lindenwood Park

July 13, 2019 – Cook Ave. Neighborhood Assn and Princeton Heights

July 20, 2019 – Kingsway West and Benton

July 27, 2019 – West End Neighbors and Shaw

Aug. 10, 2019 – Hodiamont Tracks Project

Sept. 5, 2019 – Kingsway East/Fairgrounds and Washington Univ.

Sept. 21, 2019 –Revitalization of Baden and Tower Grove South/TG Heights

Oct. 22, 2019 – Covenant Blu, Vandeventer, Fountain Park, Lewis Place, Academy/Sherman Park and West End

Oct. 25, 2019 –Vandeventer, Fountain Park, Dutch Town, Bevo

Oct. 28, 2019 – Resource Fair and Greenlining

Nov. 12, 2019 –Vandeventer, Lewis Place, Fountain Park and Central West End

Nov. 19, 2019 – Fountain Park, Lewis Place and Fox Park 

Nov. 23, 2019 – BJH and 18th Ward

Congratulations to the Vacancy Collaborative!

On November 20th, 2019, SLACO Board President Sundy Whiteside accepted the Community Planning Champion Award on from the American Planning Association’s St. Louis Metro chapter.

The Vacancy Collaborative (VC) is a coalition of partners committed to the reduction of vacant property as a top priority in St. Louis. Reducing the negative impact of vacancy is a complex puzzle, that requires coordination to achieve a shared vision.
The VC is not a stand-alone entity, but a coalition of community representatives, private and non-profit stakeholders, and City agencies. The VC helps to coordinate existing vacancy efforts under one umbrella and encourages the public and private sectors to work together toward solutions in a comprehensive and coordinated way.

Development north of Delmar Boulevard encouraging to St. Louis residents

“A development north of Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis is encouraging to residents in the area.

“It gives people hope,” said Judith Arnold. “It gives them hope that their neighborhood can change for the better.”

Arnold points to new homes being built along Finney Avenue, the proposed Hodiamont Tracks Greenway and also investment in a new building from Ranken Technical College.

“It’s actually an asset adding new buildings to the land, increasing property value to everything around it so it’s extremely important,” Arnold said.”…

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Harlan Hodge joins SLACO Board

The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations is pleased to welcome its newest board member, Harlan Hodge.

“Anything in isolation is dead or dying” Harlan is a serial connector.  Over the past 25 years, he has partnered with schools, non-profits, and charitable corporations to build a network of support systems for the disadvantaged. His mission is to see every person with many connections.  He leads a team of interpreters, facilitators, and inclusion advocates at one of country’s largest healthcare systems. He is a passionate researcher, speaker, writer, film maker, and Chess Player.  He is also a nationally recognized facilitator and certified trainer.  

Harlan is an Alumni of Tennessee State University, The University of Missouri St. Louis and The Brown School at Washington University.  He holds a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Social Work.  He is a partner at Imagine Services, a communications, facilitation, and training company.