Sponsored by: 

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

Support SLACO Directly Here

The North Central Special Business District

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 next series will be on:

  • 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. 

Back-to-School Community Asthma Fair

from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 19 at Fairgrounds Park

Free backpacks, school supplies, LED light bulbs, food, and asthma management resources will be provided to raise awareness around the issue of asthma and clean air. Join the fair near the skating rink.

The Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign, Climate Parents, and Seventh Generation are launching a new partnership and five-part video series, “Commit To Clean,” featuring local leaders who are committed to driving positive momentum toward 100 percent clean, renewable energy in their communities. In this episode, see how Rev. Burton—a parent, faith leader, and resident of St. Louis, MO—made the choice to install solar panels on his church and ended up helping to get the largest Midwestern U.S. city to-date committed to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035. Watch the video and text “readyfor100” to 69866 to join the movement for 100% clean energy!


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

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

Location of The Saint Louis Women's Club/History of SLACO

Support SLACO While You Shop
Charity Shopping
Use Giving Assistant to save money and support St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

Automatically donate 3-30% of your purchase price to St. Louis Association of Community Organizations at 2,500+ popular online retailers like Aliexpress (6%).

With Support from the Regional Arts Commission

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.


St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

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

Dr. Mark Abbott

Community Healing Networks Coming This Fall

Preview Day from 9 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, August 18

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.

Turning Vacant Buildings into Urban Farming Spaces

More Sustainable Neighborhoods Academy Activities

Neighborhood Profit Sharing with Real Estate Investment Trusts

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

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.

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.

Copyright 2014-2016 St. Louis Association of Community Organizations. All rights reserved.

The community is invited to a reception in celebration of

SLACO’s 40 Years of Community-based Neighborhood Revitalization

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 

The Saint Louis Women’s Club

4600 Lindell Blvd.

R.S.V.P. to SLACO by Monday, September 10, 2018

​or R.S.V.P. online at slaco40.eventbrite.com

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

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

Community Healing Networks are part of the movement to take control of the narratives about Black lives and to take charge of paths into the future. The YWCA Metro St. Louis, whose mission is eliminating racism and empowering women, supports addressing the root causes of anti-black racism to deal with historical and continuing trauma. The Community Healing Network program, part of our racial justice work , offers guided groups for free in the St. Louis metro area for those who identify as Black or African American.

The YWCA will be present the concept and providing a sample of self-care and healing strategies, as well as introduce a group of volunteer leaders in a special Preview Day  from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, August 18 at the Phyllis Wheatley Heritage Center, 2711 Locust, 63103.