In 2018, Mayor Lyda Krewson’s office found that of the 129,000 properties in the city of St. Louis, about 25,000 were vacant and abandoned.
Beginning this month, residents and community organizations in four high-vacancy neighborhoods will have extra support in reducing that number…. READ FULL STORY
On Tuesday, October 1st, our Executive Director, Kevin McKinney, sat down with Charles Bryson of the City of St. Louis’s Civil Rights Enforcement Agency for an interview about who we are and what we do. Check it out below or click here for an audio-only version.
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“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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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.
The Hodiamont Tracks cleanup event was a success. Almost 300 people came out. Congressman Clay, the Mayor, 4 different Aldermen, and a multitude of neighborhood associations and youth groups came as teams. Keeping it clean with SLACO!
How Neighborhoods United for Change transforms St. Louis into a journey toward equity.
As we drove by properties and land slated for development, St. Louis residents, black and white from north and south, expressed frustration the type of development that centered property and profit over people. Kim Jayne told me: “The way development was done is that people were moved out and then new people were brought in [with] higher income. A lot of people here could have really benefited from that economic development.” In these elicitations, the tour crystalized resident responses to recent development projects, including frustration at how city officials have often ceded to private developers without considering resident needs.
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More than 300 community leaders from throughout the St. Louis region have participated in the Neighborhood Leadership Academy, learning the skills and building the networks to create whole communities. The Academy provides hands-on leadership training that emphasizes community building principles, organizational leadership and management practices, and personal leadership skills.
- 11 sessions, September 9-November 18, 2019
- Academy sessions are held on select Mondays
Each year the NLA brings together a diverse group of current or potential neighborhood leaders who are actively involved in their neighborhoods and represent communities from throughout the St. Louis region. Academy participants may be municipal elected officials, neighborhood association members, community-based organization staff, or resident volunteers.
The NLA provides hands-on neighborhood leadership training that emphasizes community building strategies and principles, project planning, and organizational & personal leadership practices. Class dates: September 9 through November 18, 2019. Scholarship deadline: August 9. Early registration deadline ($390): August 23.
Register online here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egcfe8yed0f73aa