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Progress at Clinton-Peabody

August, 2018 – The St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) and its management agent, McCormack Baron Management, have been very active in attempting to resolve the issues at Clinton Peabody for many months.  SLHA consulted with the City of St. Louis Department of Health to establish actions to abate the issues.

Since last September, SLHA has taken the following corrective actions:

  1. Plugged the large drainage holes in the dumpsters.
  2. Cleaned storm sewer catch basins that were full of trash and monitor the drains on a monthly basis.
  3. Changed extermination companies, which increased the frequency of extermination and used a more Integrated Pest Management approach.
  4. Placed screens over any damaged small outside vents to the crawl spaces and sealed dryer vents.
  5. Added new door assemblies to crawl space access hatches to completely seal the crawl spaces.
  6. Installed seals on over 400 exterior entry doors.
  7. Replaced 70 damaged exterior entry doors.
  8. Plugged entry holes identified by the Health Department, the exterminator, residents and maintenance staff and continue to plug holes as they are identified.
  9. Removed furnace and water heaters in 35 units to plug inaccessible holes.
  10. Pulled out and cleaned behind stoves and refrigerators.
  11. Provide education to residents by providing household management classes and informational classes from stoppest.org.
  12. Cleaned ductwork and radiators in all units identified in the Health Department’s inspections. A small number of units remain to be cleaned.
  13. Replacing stoves in 64 units where there is some indication there has been pest activity.

To date, the estimated cost of the corrective action is approximately $325,000.

Spire Helps Build 400th Habitat for Humanity Home in St. Louis

Contact Maxine Goldstein maxine.goldstein@beyondconcepts.net or 314-578-1719                               

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPIRE HELPS BUILD 400TH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOME IN ST. LOUIS

Volunteers will help frame walls, windows and doors on homes in La Saison neighborhood.

ST. LOUIS, August 17, 2018 — Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) will host 20 volunteers each day from Spire, Monday, August 20th through Friday, August 24th. The volunteers will frame walls, windows and doors of five new houses that will be built in the La Saison neighborhood. They will complete the framing for one house each day, including the 400th Habitat for Humanity home in St. Louis.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis was selected as the builder of choice for the final 10 lots of the La Saison development. These lots are the only remaining undeveloped sites in the project. Phase One includes these five houses; two will be built to universal design standards, with all being built to net-zero ready energy efficiency standards, a common practice of Habitat’s to ensure long-term sustainability for new buyers.

This build is the first time HFHSL has partnered with the St. Louis Housing Authority to create affordable home ownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers in St. Louis.

The project is supported with Trust Fund dollars from the Affordable Housing Commission of the City of St. Louis, as well as funding from the St. Louis Housing Authority. “The Housing Authority is excited to have new investment partners contributing to the housing development in the neighborhood,” said Cheryl Lovell, SLHA Executive Director.

This is a joint investment of over $2 million in affordable housing just south of downtown in an area just adjacent to LaSalle Park and Lafayette Square.

The new homes will be 3-4 bedroom, 2-bath, two-story buildings with garages that complement the neighborhood. HFHSL anticipates Phase One will be completed in early 2019.

Spire is HFHSL’s Keystone Partner for the 400th house. Spire volunteers will work from the parking lot at Peabody Elementary School at 1224 South 14th Street (63104) from 8:30 am -2:30 pm each day.

About Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. With nearly 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL will begin building its 400th house late summer. HFHSL regularly ranks among the top Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:  Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis. For more information, visit: www.habitatstl.org.

About Spire

At Spire Inc. (NYSE: SR) we believe energy exists to help make people’s lives better. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of our company. Every day we serve 1.7 million homes and businesses making us the fifth largest publicly traded natural gas company in the country. We help families and business owners fuel their daily lives through our gas utilities serving Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri. Our non-utility operations include Spire Marketing, which provides natural gas marketing and related services. We are committed to transforming our business and pursuing growth through 1) growing organically, 2) investing in infrastructure, 3) acquiring and integrating, and 4) innovation and technology. Learn more at SpireEnergy.com.

About The St. Louis Housing Authority

The St. Louis Housing Authority is a federally funded agency, operating independently of city government. The agency, with its 61 employees, helps provide low and moderate-income public housing for more than 24,000 residents and clients in the City of St. Louis, and, through partner programs, offer residents opportunities to improve their lives. www.slha.org

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More on the Need for Affordable Housing and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis receives 5,000 calls each year from people living in substandard housing who inquire about eligibility for Habitat’s home buying program. In 2016, more than 800 individuals or couples living in St. Louis City or County for at least one year, making within 25-50% of the area median income, and living in substandard housing requested a pre-screen application to begin the process of applying to the program.

In addition to a down payment and a 30-year affordable mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Homeowners are teachers, healthcare providers and returning college students determined to achieve homeownership and create a legacy for their families.

St. Louis Housing Authority welcomes Krista Peyton as new General Counsel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Cheryl Lovell W. Christopher White
Executive Director Chief Development Officer
314-286-4357 314-286-4269
clovell@slha.org cwhite@slha.org

St. Louis Housing Authority welcomes Krista Peyton as new General Counsel

St. Louis, MO (June 7, 2018) – The St. Louis Housing Authority is pleased to welcome Krista S. Peyton as General Counsel. She is responsible for ensuring that the St. Louis Housing Authority functions in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, assisting in the formulation of policy for the public housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs and furnishing legal advice on a wide range of issues. She also oversees the selection, retention, and management of all outside counsel, assists the Human Resources Department in personnel matters, negotiates, drafts and reviews contracts, and handles a variety of real estate transactions. She has considerable litigation, administrative law and appellate practice experience. Immediately, prior to joining the St. Louis Housing Authority, Ms. Peyton represented the St. Louis County Juvenile Officer in all phases of juvenile delinquency and child protection matters. She has a Juris Doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law and a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs.

About St. Louis Housing Authority

The St. Louis Housing Authority is a federally funded agency, operating independently of city government. The agency, with its 61 employees, helps provide low and moderate-income public housing for more than 24,000 residents and clients in the City of St. Louis, and, through partner programs, offer residents opportunities to improve their lives. www.slha.org

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For inquiries or to schedule interviews, contact the St. Louis Housing Authority at 314-286-4357.

Senator Jamilah Nasheed Announces Health Fair at Clinton-Peabody

Senator Jamilah Nasheed Announces Health Fair at Clinton-Peabody

JEFFERSON CITY —State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, announces she will be joining the St. Louis Housing Authority and Missouri Association of Health Plans for a health fair at the Clinton-Peabody Public Housing Complex on June 1. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will also be in attendance.

“This is a great event for the residents of Clinton-Peabody,” said Sen. Nasheed. “A healthy lifestyle starts at home, and we’re excited to introduce the community to the importance of making healthy choices. With a host of opportunities to learn about healthy living and other services, I encourage everyone to come out and take part in this event.”

The health fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Al Chappelle Community Center within the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex, with a press conference at 10:45 a.m. before the start of the fair. During the fair, residents will have access to a variety of health services, including dental exams and cleanings, asthma testing, health counseling, blood screenings, CPR training, smoking cession programs and exercise programs such as Zumba. Family counseling and empowerment as well as information on opening bank accounts will also be offered. Residents will also have access to job opportunities during the fair through the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment. Free food will be available for residents.

Additionally, residents will also be able to order, at no charge, one adjustable bed frames (twin, full or queen), 15 piece plastic food storage containers with lids and a range of plastic storage boxes.

For more information on the health fair, please contact Sen. Nasheed’s office at 573-751-4415.

Public Notice of Meeting

TO THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE

ST. LOUIS HOUSING AUTHORITY

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

PUBLIC NOTICE OF MEETING

TAKE NOTICE THAT AN EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE

Commissioners of the St. Louis Housing Authority will be held at the St. Louis Housing Authority in Board Room A, 3520 Page Boulevard, in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday, May 11, 2018, commencing at 10:30 a.m., to discuss legal actions, causes of actions, communications with attorneys, personnel matters, leasing, purchase or sale of real estate and bid specifications.

DATED:    May 11, 2018

ST. LOUIS HOUSING AUTHORITY

CHERYL A. LOVELL, Secretary

Cheryl Lovell receives 2018 Community Builders Award

Cheryl Lovell receives 2018 Community Builders Award

ST. LOUIS, April 26, 2018 – Cheryl Lovell, Executive Director of St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) receives the 2018 Community Builders Network Award for Excellence in the Public Sector.

The ceremony was held at St. Louis University’s Center for Global Citizenship. The public sector award recognizes an individual, government, quasi-government agency or tax-supported entity that develops or protects policy that supports investment in communities, demonstrates innovative use of resources for community improvement or is proactive, persistent, professional and efficient in finding ways to support community building initiatives.

Founded September 29, 2011, the Community Builders Network (CBN) is a professional association of nonprofit community building organizations (CBOs) and associate members comprised of lenders, philanthropy, nonprofits, and government actors, whose goal is to build vibrant neighborhoods where people want – and can afford – to live, creating a stronger and more competitive regional economy.

Notice of Town Hall Meetings

APRIL 30, 2018 – NOTICE OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS

ST. LOUIS HOUSING AUTHORITY FY 2018 AGENCY PLAN

ADMISSIONS AND CONTINUED OCCUPANCY POLICY

UTILITY ALLOWANCE SCHEDULE

FLAT RENT SCHEDULE

FIVE-YEAR ACTION PLAN

For:  ALL SLHA Residents

 

When:

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

Cahill House Community Room

1919 O’Fallon Street

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.

West Pine Apartments

Community Room

4490 West Pine

 

Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.

Al Chappelle Community Center

1401 LaSalle Street

 

Transportation will be provided.

If you are interested in attending the Town Hall meetings and you need transportation, or any other special accommodations, please contact Fran Bruce at (314) 286-4365 at least two (2) days prior to the meeting you wish to attend. If you have any questions or require more information please give us a call.

The St. Louis Housing Authority’s (SLHA) Planning Team met with St. Louis Tenant Affairs Board (STLTAB) and outlined their needs and concerns for the preparation of the Annual Submission of the Agency Plan for FY2018.  The “Draft” Agency Plan has been prepared and is currently out for public review and comment period for 45 days.  You may review the plan on the SLHA website, www.slha.org or at your Management Office, TAB Office, or call (314) 286-4365 to make an appointment to review the plan at the SLHA Central Office.  SLHA has scheduled three (3) Town Hall type meetings within this 45-day comment period, in an effort to achieve greater resident input relative to the draft plan.  The 45-day comment period ends on June 13, 2018 at the Public Hearing.

Notice of Public Hearing

April 30, 2018 – NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

ST. LOUIS HOUSING AUTHORITY FY 2018 AGENCY PLAN

ADMISSIONS AND CONTINUED OCCUPANCY POLICY

UTILITY ALLOWANCE SCHEDULE

FLAT RENT SCHEDULE

CAPITAL FUND PROGRAM BUDGETS

 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing annual funding to the St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) to improve the physical condition and upgrade the management and operation of its Public Housing and Section 8, Housing Choice Voucher programs.  On October 21, 1998 congress enacted a new law, the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act (QHWRA) of 1998.  Under this new law, to receive the funding SLHA is required to develop an Annual and Five-Year Agency Plan, in consultation with residents, local government officials, and other interested parties and to develop and implement the goals, strategies, and priorities identified in the Plan.  The annual submission must be submitted to the HUD field office by July 15, 2018.

This Agency Plan is subject to public review and comment.  The St. Louis Housing Authority is providing a 45-day comment period beginning April 30, 2018 and ending with the Public Hearing on June 13, 2018.  The plan will be available at the SLHA’s Central Office, 3520 Page Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63106.  Written comments will be accepted until June 13, 2018.  Contact Fran Bruce, Development & Planning Coordinator, at (314) 286-4365 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment to view this Agency Plan, Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy and/or SLHA Utility Allowance Schedule.

Additionally, revisions to the Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP), a component of the Agency Plan, have been made and therefore, are subject to public review and comment.  The draft ACOP will be available concurrently with the draft of the Agency Plan.

St. Louis Housing Authority’s Utility Allowance and the Flat Rent Schedule will be revised and is subject to public review and comment.  The proposed Utility Allowance Schedule will be available concurrently with the draft of the Agency Plan.

Also, effective November 25, 2013, the Capital Fund Program Final Rule was implemented to decouple the Capital Fund Annual Submission from the Agency Plan.  This annual submission will be subject to public review; therefore, the Five-year Action Plan (FY 2018 –FY 2022) is simultaneously being made available concurrently with the draft of the Agency Plan.

St. Louis Housing Authority will hold the Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss and accept comments on its Agency Plan, ACOP, Utility Allowance and the Flat Rent Schedule and Capital Fund Program.  The Public Hearing will be held at the SLHA Central Office, Conference Room.  All parties that wish to speak at the Public Hearing must abide by the SLHA’s Speaker Policy.  A copy of the policy is available at the SLHA’s Central Office.

The public is invited to attend this meeting to provide comments on the proposed Agency Plan.  Upon reasonable notice, SLHA will make efforts to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities through sign language interpreters or other auxiliary aids.  For additional information or assistance please contact Fran Bruce at (314) 286-4365 or TDD (314) 286-4223.             

The St. Louis Housing Authority                                                                            

By:  Cheryl A. Lovell, Executive Director                                         

HUD, VA Team up to help 65 homeless veterans find permanent homes in Missouri

HUD NEWS

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Ben Carson, Secretary

Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410
HUD No. 18-011

FOR RELEASE – HUD Public Affairs – Friday

(913)-551-6803 – April 6, 2018

http://www.hud.gov/news/index.com

 HUD, VA TEAM UP TO HELP 65 HOMELESS VETERANS FIND PERMANENT HOMES IN MISSOURI

WASHINGTON – In an effort to end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $278,626 to 6 local public housing agencies (PHAs) in Missouri to provide a permanent home to 65 veterans experiencing homelessness. The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.

A component of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, the HUD-VASH vouchers being awarded today enable homeless veterans to obtain affordable, decent housing in the private market.      These vouchers are critical tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans. See local funding chart below.

“Our nation’s veterans deserve more than a life on the streets,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “There is no greater responsibility than to end veteran homeless and to make certain that those who have served our nation have a home they can call their own.”

“HUD and the VA have successfully collaborated to help nearly 1200 homeless veterans in Missouri obtain housing since 2008,” said Regional Administrator Jason Mohr.  “The HUD-VASH program provides vital resources for veterans to achieve stability and success.”  

Nationally, more than 87,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 144,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program since 2008. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s veterans.

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov.  You can also connect with HUD on social media  or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.

 You can follow Secretary Carson on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 HUD-VASH AWARDS
STATE HOUSING AUTHORITY PARTNERING VA MEDICAL FACILITY NUMBER OF VOUCHERS AMOUNT
 

Missouri

Joplin Housing Authority Fayetteville AR 25 $90,999
Springfield Housing Authority Fayetteville AR 10 $40,116
Housing Authority of St. Louis County St Louis 10 $51,982
Ripley County Public Housing Agency Poplar Bluff 5 $15,070
St. Charles County Housing Assistance Program St Louis 5 $25,675
St. Louis Housing Authority  St Louis 10 $54,785
Missouri Total     65 $278,626

Housing Authority Selects Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis to Build Final 10 Homes at La Saison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Maxine Goldstein maxine.goldstein@beyondconcepts.net or 314-578-1719                               

HOUSING AUTHORITY SELECTS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

 SAINT LOUIS TO BUILD FINAL 10 HOMES AT LA SAISON

ST. LOUIS, April 5, 2018 — Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) was selected as the builder of choice for the final 10 lots of the La Saison development. St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) owns the undeveloped lots and procured Habitat through a competitive selection process to complete the neighborhood revitalization.

This build is the first major project HFHSL has partnered with the St. Louis Housing Authority on to create affordable home ownership opportunities for homebuyers.

Along with CannonDesign, the chosen architect, HFHSL is set to begin a community engagement process that will inform the home design process as plans begin to be drafted. This development is part of CannonDesign’s “Open Hand Studio,” which provides design services for the public good.  This build represents a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.

Ground will be broken this year on the first phase, which will include five homes, 2 of which will be built to universal design standards, with all being built to net-zero ready energy efficiency standards, a common practice of Habitat’s to ensure long-term sustainability for new buyers.

This development is supported with Trust Fund dollars from the Affordable Housing Commission of the City of St. Louis, as well as funding from the St. Louis Housing Authority.

“SLHA is committed to building affordable housing in the region and believes this project will continue to invest in area residents,” said Thomas Jerry, SLHA Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

This is a joint investment of over $2 million in affordable housing just south of downtown in an area just adjacent to LaSalle Park and Lafayette Square.

The new homes are expected to be 4-bedroom, 2-bath, two-story buildings that complement the neighborhood. HFHSL anticipates the first phase will be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

A community charrette* will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at 6 PM at Al Chappelle Community Center, 1401 LaSalle, Street, 63104. Residents will get information about the project and their feedback will be sought. Questions about the charrette can be directed to Michael Powers, HFHSL’s Real Estate Development Manager at 314-678-4630.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. With nearly 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL will begin building its 400th house late summer. HFHSL regularly ranks among the top Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:  Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis.

For more information, visit: www.habitatstl.org.

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Neighborhood/Project Background

The area, located just adjacent to Lafayette Square and La Salle Park, has seen steady increases in home prices for many years, which has created greater demand for quality housing available below the market rate. The project is just north of the 152-unit mixed-income rental complex known as “King Louis Square.” It is walking distance to businesses, a full-service grocery and pharmacy, Lafayette Square, Soulard, downtown St. Louis and major bus and light rail lines.

More on the Need for Affordable Housing and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis receives 5,000 calls each year from people living in substandard housing who inquire about eligibility for Habitat’s home buying program. In 2016, more than 800 individuals or couples living in St. Louis City or County for at least one year, making within 25-50% of the area median income, and living in substandard housing requested a pre-screen application to begin the process of applying to the program.

In addition to a down payment and a 30-year affordable mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Homeowners are teachers, healthcare providers and returning college students determined to achieve homeownership and create a legacy for their families.

*A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.