St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

Please join us as we help homeownership become a reality. SLACO encourages you to Save the Date for a series of free events from Mission St. Louis, SLACO's Vacancy Project called 

"The Finest 15". 

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) and the LRA will highlight and market 15 LRA properties in a series of workshops that will be held throughout the city on the following dates: June 2 in the Lewis Place/Fountain Park neighborhood, 10 a.m. to noon, at Ranken Technical College, Mary Ann Lee Bldg., 1313 N. Newstead Ave. To register for the June 2 event, click here or go to Eventbrite and type "Finest 15".

The next series will be on August 4 in the Dutchtown, Mt. Pleasant, Gravois Park and Marine Villa neighborhoods; and October 6 in the West End neighborhood. The purchase price of these selected properties will range from $1,000 to $4,000.

The goal of the “Finest 15” is to encourage home ownership. There are a lot of people who live in substandard housing and pay rent that is twice the amount of a mortgage. This program offers a great opportunity to purchase a home without a 20 to 30 year mortgage.

Tackling vacant housing in St. Louis neighborhoods has been always been a priority for the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO). Our group's Vacancy Project started holding workshops to educate the public on the process of buying a home from the City of St. Louis' Land Reutilization Authority (LRA), which has 3,100 homes across the city in its portfolio. 

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

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

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

Participants gathered for a Finest 15 workshop held in the Hyde Park neighborhood on February 10.

Turning Vacant Buildings into Urban Farming Spaces

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

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.

Save the Date: "Finest 15” LRA Property Ownership Workshops to be held Around Town from April to October 2018

Register Now for the June 2 Finest 15 on Eventbrite

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

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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.

Thank You for Making the 22nd Annual Regional Neighborhood Conference a Success 

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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.

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


SLACO would like to thank all of our sponsors, speakers, attendees, volunteers, our board and staff for making the 22nd Annual Regional Neighborhood Conference a success.

Conference material is now available. Click here to be taken to the 2018 Regional Neighborhood Conference page. Thanks and see you again next year!!!

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