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October 24, 2017


When the SLACO vacancy committee met with LRA staff in January, they asked if they could pick 15 LRA properties in Walnut Park West and help market and sell them to homeowners.

LRA responded by providing “For Sale” signs and attending numerous homebuying workshops, led by neighborhood leaders Angela Drake, Eltorean Hawkins, Lillie Clay and Al Willis. The workshops addressed such topics as how to purchase LRA properties, financing options and renovation costs. As a result, eight of the first “Finest 15” are under contract and the first one closed last week. A ribbon cutting and open house was held on October 20th to celebrate Donita Sims’ purchase of her first home, a former LRA property in Walnut Park West.


The “Finest 15” partnership will continue highlighting and marketing LRA properties in different neighborhoods throughout the City of St. Louis. The price of these selected properties range from $1000 to $4000. The committee estimates that rehabilitating these homes requires approximately $10,000 in investment. The "Finest 15" properties all have strong foundations and well maintained roofs and need a minimal amount of work.   

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SLACO and LRA held a follow-up Finest 15 workshop on October 28. The partnership selected 15 properties in the Fairground Neighborhood that are ready for rehab and perfect for home-ownership. For more information about the program, contact SLACO at 314-361-9406 or LRA at 314-657-3725.





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Attendees at a recent “Finest 15” workshop held in October at the O’Fallon Park YMCA.


Please join us as we help homeownership become a reality. From 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 10 at Mission St. Louis, SLACO's Vacancy Project will host a free event called "The Finest 15". 


The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) and the LRA will highlight and market 15 LRA properties in the Hyde Park Neighborhood that are ready for rehab and home-ownership. The purchase price of these selected properties 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. 

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"Finest 15” LRA Property Ownership Workshop


10 a.m. to Noon
Saturday, February 10
Mission St. Louis Office

3108 N. Grand 

St. Louis, MO 63107

"Finest 15" partnership between LRA and SLACO neighborhood

committee results in first home sale in Walnut Park West

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