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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.

Save the date for the 23rd Annual SLACO Regional Neighborhoods Conference, which will be held 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park. Tickets will be $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Student tickets will be $20 with a valid student ID.

Dr. Mark Abbott

Register Now for the 2nd Annual SLACO Town/Gown Mini-Summit Nov. 14​​

SLACO's 40th Ruby AnniversaryCelebration

Thanks to all our Sponsors!!! 

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

SLACO's Featured on

St. Louis Public Radio
October 14, 2018

Support SLACO Directly Here

As you do your pre-holiday shopping, support SLACO by participating in Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018.

GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. 

​Your contribution will support community-based programs like The Finest Fifteen, Neighborhoods United for Change, our after school program and our annual Regional Neighborhood conference. And you don't have to wait until November 27. Click here or on the donate button at the top right of this homepage and know that your donation helps improve our community, one neighborhood at a time. 

The North Central Special Business District

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 2017

Annual Report

SLACO's Neighborhoods United for Change Program Featured on

St. Louis Public Radio
March 15, 2018

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

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

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ST. LOUIS -- SLACO is hosting its second annual Town/Gown Summit on from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, November 14 at Saint Louis University’s Il Monastero Conference Center.  At the summit, participants will learn what community/university partnerships look like elsewhere and hear about what is working in St. Louis. 

In the final session, community organizations will have an opportunity to brainstorm with professors and students from area universities to devise effective strategies to address their organizational and community problems in roundtable discussions.

Organizations are invited to apply to host a roundtable discussion on their challenge. Click the "Application Details" button for information on how to submit a roundtable discussion challenge. Applications are due Friday, October 26, 2018.

The day's sessions are as follows:

Session 1: Keynote Address:Dan Pitera, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Session 2: What’s Working in St. Louis Community/University Partnerships

             a. Panel Discussion Saint Louis University Legal Clinic SLACO Vacancy Partnership
             b. Health Equity Works (Washington University) Grace Hill Partnership

Session 3: Thinking Outside the Box: Roundtable discussions on what might be possible in

                 St. Louis community/university partnerships.

Our University Partners

Harris-Stowe State University: Center for Neighborhood Affairs and the Institute for Social Justice
Saint Louis University: Center for Service and Community Engagement
University of Missouri-St. Louis: Office of Community Outreach and Engagement and the Community Innovation and Action Center
Washington University in St Louis: Sam Fox School of Design and the Visual Arts,

Office of Socially Engaged Practice

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

Neighborhood Profit Sharing with Real Estate Investment Trusts

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

"Reimagining Community/University Partnerships for 
Community Development in St. Louis" 

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.

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.

Guide for Successful Neighborhood Associations Now Available

SLACO 40th Ruby Anniversary Celebration

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewsome (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. 

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With Support from the Regional Arts Commission

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.

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.

Support SLACO on Giving Tuesday November 27

Your Support Funds

Programs like these:

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.

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.