Jackie and Elisabeth — #STL2039
This is part of the #STL2039 Action Plan storytelling series in partnership with Humans of St. Louis. Jackie Hutchinson: I am the Board President of Consumers Council of Missouri. CCM’s mission is to educate and advocate for the collective interests of consumers through leadership and partnerships on issues such as utility rates, personal finance, health…
Stephanie and Neal — #STL2039
Sharing the visions of St. Louis residents for a future St. Louis—in 2039—where Racial Equity is the reality and what they’re doing to achieve it today. #STL2039
What does it take to find a home?
It’s the summer of 2002. Fredica M., a St. Louis native who’s moved back to the Midwest after spending some time in California, is a 25-year old mother renting an apartment in South City. She’s glad to be back in her hometown, and expecting her third child. What she isn’t expecting is becoming homeless. When…
Why do you live where you live?
Deciding where to make your home is challenging enough when you’re familiar with where you’re moving. For those who transplant to St. Louis from an entirely different city, state, or country even, the advice of contacts in your soon-to-be-local area can provide valuable insights
Support affordable housing
Support affordable housing in your neighborhood.
Teach Financial Literacy to Section 8 Housing Beneficiaries
Provide Section 8 housing beneficiaries with financial literacy and technical assistance in asset-building so that they can become permanent homeowners.
Expand the City of St. Louis Housing Trust Fund
The City of St. Louis should lift the $5 million cap on its Housing Trust Fund
Expand the Statewide Housing Trust Fund
Expand the statewide Missouri housing trust fund (HTF) program by doubling the current real estate transaction filing fee
Institute Fair Housing Protections
Create fair housing protections that prohibit discrimination by source of income for the entire State of Missouri.
Use Federal Funds in Strategic Maximally Impactful Ways
St. Louis County shall partner with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop an approach that directs Community Development Block Grants to be more impactful
Build Healthy, Affordable Housing
Support the Missouri Housing Development Commission’s 2015-16 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) as it references unit sizes, investment of LIHTC, and workforce housing namely with respect to:Limiting applications to fifty (50) affordable units (with exceptions mentioned in the QAP) Prohibiting new construction and conversion in locations where the total publicly subsidized housing units (as defined…
Enact Inclusionary Zoning Ordinances
Enact inclusionary zoning ordinances to promote access to affordable housing for low-income individuals
Optimizing Existing Housing Support
The expert testimony, research, scholarship, and lived experience collected by the Commission revealed the following:The nation is facing a housing crisis (Desmond, 2015). The number of market-rate housing units affordable for lower-income families has decreased substantially (Poethig et al., 2015). In 2013, St. Louis City had 21 market-rate units available per 100 extremely-low income…
Escaping the vicious cycle of economic strife is a struggle at the crossroads of health, employment, education, housing and finances. Families and individuals whose lives hover at the edge of financial stability are devastated when faced with an unexpected or unmanageable financial set back and often never recover. Predatory lending practices shamelessly prey upon people when they are at their most vulnerable.