Streamlined Available Housing & Stability Resources for Communities
Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
- "Even as the US economy continues to recover, the inequalities amplified by the pandemic remain front and center. Households that weathered the crisis without financial distress are snapping up the limited supply of homes for sale, pushing up prices and further excluding less affluent buyers from homeownership. At the same time, millions of households that lost income are behind on their housing payments and on the brink of eviction or foreclosure..." Find the report here.
- "The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that for every 100 low-income renters, 94 units are affordable and available (that is, not occupied already by a higher income group). For ELI renters, however, the number dropped to only 37 affordable and available units for every 100 households. In a different analysis, the Urban Institute concluded that the rental market provided only 21 adequate, affordable, and available units for every 100 ELI renter households."
- "The affordability crisis is also evident in high rates of cost burden, particularly among ELI households. Severely cost-burdened households who spend more than 50% of their income on housing, leaving them with little to spend on other necessities. Seven in ten ELI renters (72%) are severely cost-burdened. Black and Latinx renters are more likely than white renters to be cost-burdened." See Report Here.
- *ELI (Extremely Low Income) renters = 30%AMI or below
- VLI (Very Low Income) renters = 50%AMI or below
- LI (Low Income) renters = 80%AMI or below
St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative Resources
- Learn all about the collaborative's work in bringing together stakeholders to rebuild St. Louis.
- In their recent news, they cover the work of Green City Coalition to secure a St. Louis Community Land Trust. Community Land Trusts are run by non-profits who help secure green spaces and keep housing affordable for residents. Here is the NPR version of the story as well.
- They also have a host of newsletters and other resources that help explain the history of inequalities in our region and the many organizations and coalitions working to shift these inequalities.
Green City Coalition
- Learn more about the St. Louis Community Land Trust from the Green City Coalition - a conglomerate of St. Louis City entities that have come together to advance community-led development.
- This draft www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/planning/planning/planning-commission/upload/2021-06-04-Neighborhood-Planning-Overview.pdfcaptures the history of neighborhood planning in St. Louis and what has been learned over time and includes a current draft of how to involve St. Louis residents and stakeholders in this next iteration of community-led development.
Brick by Chance and Fortune
- Learn all about the history of St. Louis through the view of how brick became the foundation for St. Louis housing.
- "The Prop NS Program (named after Proposition NS, approved by voters in 2017) stabilizes vacant residential buildings owned by the Land Reutilization Authority as a first step toward subsequent purchase and full rehab by others."
- "The Prop NS Program is a strategic initiative with a goal of stabilizing, securing, and selling vacant residential buildings owned by the City of St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority (LRA). The program was established by a community-initiated and voter-approved ordinance to create a dedicated source of funding to make it possible for LRA to improve properties within the City’s landbank of vacant buildings. This investment is intended to increase the likelihood that these properties will be purchased by private parties who will then finish their rehab and transform current deteriorating buildings into decent housing for their communities."
Community Benefits Agreements - WePower
WePower is working in East St. Louis to secure transparency around how TIF funding is being used and to support community benefits agreements with developers that ensure communities have a say in development and resources for workforce development. Learn more here.
Equitable St. Louis
Learn more about community benefits agreements and how they work from Equitable St. Louis.
181 Black-Owned Businesses You Can Support
Support Black-Owned Businesses: 181 Places to Start Online
- In the midst of our history of redlining, predatory lending, urban renewal and displacement, black-owned businesses were crushed time and again by highways that were built down the center of thriving black entrepreneurial communities. St. Louis did this on Grand Ave. It used to be Mill Creek Valley. 20,000 residents were pushed out to Delmar, Wellston and inner ring North County suburbs. Their homes, businesses, theaters, hair salons, restaurants and every part of their incredible artistic and entrepreneurial black-created neighborhoods were crushed. And they were further crowded into segregated neighborhoods.
- Here's a way today that you can help support black-owned businesses and help rewrite this history.
Dunbar Community Organization Coordinated Education Plan for Dunbar School
- When people lose access to housing, then gain access to housing, then find themselves displaced and this cycle continues over and over again, and in the midst of federally incentivized white flight, white people and their resources left St. Louis City and moved farther and farther out. Our city tax base has suffered, which means public services such as public schools have fewer resources to work with. Coupled with education policies that mandate high stakes testing that narrows what counts as learning, and education has become less and less culturally relevant, a key ingredient for any child. Children need to see themselves, their literature, their people, their entrepreneurs, their scientists, their business leaders and communities in the books they read and the subjects they study. Many schools in St. Louis are undergoing closure as we speak. Many community organizations are coming together to create power packed curricula that engages students in real-world learning. Please help support this partnership below and Dunbar Elementary, which has been closed to children.
From Mr. & Mrs. Alexander
Sponsored by a number of St. Louis non-profits
Sponsored by a number of St. Louis non-profits
Dunbar School Closing Protest, Tuesday, June 22, 6pm Board of Education Office, 801 North Eleventh Street, 63101
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