SLACO recently received a $2,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation's (WFHF) Homeownership Counseling Grant Program. This is the first private funds for 2019 #NU4Change/Sisterhoods program.

Stay up to date with the latest information about the North Central Special Business District. For more information, click here.

We would like to thank everyone who supported the  23rd Annual SLACO Regional Neighborhoods Conference, which was held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park. 

​The program booklet for the event is available now.

Conference presentations will be available soon. 

Dr. Mark Abbott

The North Central Special Business District

Click below to view program booklet.

St. Louis Commits $100,000 to Legal Services for Vacancy Initiative

Feb. 16, 2018 from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Turning Vacant Buildings into Urban Farming Spaces

SLACO Receives $2,000 Grant from Wells Fargo for Homeownership Counseling Grant Program

More Sustainable Neighborhoods Academy Activities

SLACO's Neighborhoods United for Change Program Featured on NewsChannel 5
March 17, 2018

Can Real Estate Investment Trusts change the way residents view their neighborhoods?  Learn how this redevelopment tool can positively change the course of St. Louis neighborhoods.

What is the North Corridor Collaborative?

A collective group of service providers, city officials and residents along the North Corridor, dedicated to providing a supportive network of services and facilitating measurable change in an effort to create a stronger North City. 

Its vision is to build a structure for stakeholders to support effective vehicles for investment and neighborhood support and greater collaboration in North St. Louis.

Violence Prevention Commission

The Youth Violence Prevention Partnership

ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis nonprofit group is developing a program to bring neighbors from north and south St. Louis together. To read more, click here.

ST. LOUIS – There is a division often seen between north and south St. Louis that shows up in demographics, economics, race and wealth. Now, one St. Louis group is working to bridge that divide.

The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) program is now underway and they have a mission to bring communities together, to strengthen the neighborhoods. To read more, click here.

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) awarded SLACO a $4,000 Program Support grant for the 2018-2019 grant cycle (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).  This award is in recognition and support of SLACO's commitment to the cultural development of the St. Louis region. 

With support from the Regional Arts Commission, SLACO will be able to continue to provide a neighborhood, after-school program in which elementary children receive music lessons.

"We are very appreciative of the Regional Arts Commission's support," said Kevin McKinney, executive director of SLACO.

​"Your work in the arts provides a significant contribution to the vibrancy of our region. We wish you continued success in the coming year," said RAC Chairman Michael Scully and Executive Director Felicia W. Shaw in an award letter addressed to SLACO. 

Founded in 1985, the Regional Arts Commission is the largest annual funder of the arts dedicated to the cultivation, promotion and fostering of cultural programming in the St. Louis region. In addition to financial support, RAC serves as a cultural catalyst in the arts community, providing technical, promotional and other support for arts organizations of all shapes and sizes.

SLACO Improving the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the St. Louis region through community-based initiatives, citizen empowerment and neighborhood organizing.


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October 14, 2018

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Here is the “Guide for Successful Neighborhood Associations.”  You may read the guide, download and read later or print.

This guide will assist you in starting a neighborhood association.  It is by no means a complete set of rules to be followed.  It is merely a starting point with helpful hints and proven methods to effectively organize your group.

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Guide for Successful Neighborhood Associations Now Available

​ Learn to Preserve Your Neighborhood History

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​Neighborhood associations interested in preserving their history now have an opportunity to do so. 

Called Activating History to Promote Resilient Communities: The Importance of Neighborhood Histories, neighborhood associations are working with local humanities scholars in a series of workshops to learn the process of developing their neighborhood’s history. The project’s goal is to foster community-led neighborhood histories with the aim of creating stronger, more resilient communities. The project also aims to create a neighborhood history toolkit/guide that can serve as a resource for SLACO.

SLACO received a grant for the project from the Missouri Humanities Council. SLACO is sponsoring the program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

The neighborhood workshop series began February 13 and runs through March 20. In addition, two neighborhoods will have the opportunity to apply for additional assistance with developing their neighborhood history through an RFP process. 

For more information or to register for the workshops, contact Maeve Elder at or 773-573-8749.

Looking to chip away at the thousands of abandoned properties throughout the city, the St. Louis Development Corporation agreed Thursday help fund a new attorney at the region’s premier nonprofit legal clinic. To read more, click here.

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40th Ruby Anniversary


SLACO Receives $4,000 Grant from the Regional Arts Commission to Support After-School Program 

Did you know that a vacant building could become a neighborhood farm?  Chicago pioneered this innovative space.
Check it out!

It takes less than 20 minutes to drive between the Lewis Place and Holly Hills neighborhoods in St. Louis. Yet that relatively short trip from north to south  – or vice versa – is one that many people in the Gateway region are unlikely to take. To read more, click here.

SLACO's Neighborhoods United for Change Program Featured on

St. Louis Public Radio
March 15, 2018

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Neighborhood Profit Sharing with Real Estate Investment Trusts

SLACO's 40th Ruby Anniversary Celebration

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (second from right) presented SLACO Executive Director Kevin McKinney (far left) with a Proclamation at the St. Louis Women's Club declaring September 20 as SLACO Day.  Also present are Chief Resilience Officer Patrick Brown (second from left) and Collector of Revenue Greg F.X. Daly (far right).  

See more photos from the event here. All photos and story presented by

B. Webster of Blacktie Photos. Click here to view a video featuring the honorees.