St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

SLACO to Receive CDA Block Grant Funding for 2017

Funding will Benefit Sustainable Neighborhoods Program

The Community Development Block Grant program recently recommended SLACO for a $25,000 block grant to support the Sustainable Neighborhoods program, pending approval from the Board of Alderman and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.

Sustainable Neighborhoods is a resident-based program that combines social, economic and environmental ideas to create balanced and vibrant neighborhoods.

The program offers a series of issue-based sessions designed to educate and challenge participants to rethink the neighborhood of the future. No special skills, education or experience is needed to participate – just a desire to better your neighborhood.

Funding will be available in 2017.

​Check out Executive Director Kevin McKinney's op-ed article on a program from SLACO called Neighborhoods United for Change in the latest issue of the St. Louis Community Builders e-newsletter. In the photo gallery: Earlier this month, residents from several communities participated in the first bus tour of the program.

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We, as citizens of the City of St. Louis, have had enough. Vacant buildings are dragging our city down. Now is the time to do something about it.

The thousands of vacant buildings in neighborhoods north and south and all across the city lower the quality of life for our neighbors who live on the block or next door to them. They're magnets for crime. They pose public health and safety dangers.

Vacant properties cost all of us. They don’t affect just neighborhoods with a high number of them. Lower property values and lost tax revenue run into the millions of dollars each year and vacant buildings project an image of St. Louis as a city in a state of decline, spiraling downward toward unlivability.

Proposition NS provides us with an opportunity to invest in our community and halt the decline before we lose more of the fabric of our neighborhoods. Proposition NS will be on the ballot for the April 4 general election. This is your opportunity to be part of the solution.

What is Prop NS?

  • Up to $6 million in bonds would be issued each year; no more than $40 million in total. Bonds would be repaid with a penny property tax in- crease, or about $11/year on a $100,000 home.


  • Money would be used to repair the foundation, tuck point, and repair/replace the roof. Only city-owned residential properties are eligible and only what is needed to stabilize and secure the building, making it water tight and prevent further deterioration.

  • Stabilization work will be put out for bid by the city according to current city guidelines.

  • Up to $30,000 can be spent per home; $50,000 for multi-family homes (6 units or less)

  • No more than 200 homes in process at a time (as one is sold, another can be stabilized)

  • Once stabilized, buildings will be put up for auction individually. Purchasers must have plans, financing etc. in place before the sale closes.

How properties will be selected for stabilization is not spelled out in the ordinance. We are proposing a commission comprising neighborhood leaders, nonprofits and professionals, which would review and select applications according to a point system. Applicants would include neighborhood organizations, nonprofits and similar groups.