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St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) announces new Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Alana C. Green W. Christopher White
Executive Director Chief Development Officer
314-286-4357 314-286-4269
agreen@slha.org cwhite@slha.org

St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) announces new Executive Director

St. Louis, MO (December 10, 2018) – The Board of Commissioners of the St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alana C. Green as SLHA’s new Executive Director. She began her new role November 19, 2018.

“We are delighted to have Alana Green lead our Housing Authority,” said Shelby Watson, chairman of SLHA’s Board of Commissioners. “After an extensive national search, it was clear that Alana’s expertise, passion for the St. Louis community and vision for affordable housing would inspire the Board and staff.”

The public is invited to meet Ms. Green on January 10, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the SLHA Open House. The Open House will provide an opportunity to explore all that’s happening at SLHA during its 80th year, from development of new affordable housing to resident service provision across its portfolio.

The selection of Ms. Green to head the SLHA is the culmination of a national search and it reflects SLHA’s commitment to achieve a dynamic and fresh approach in its continued efforts to provide quality, affordable housing for residents of the St. Louis region.

Ms. Green has an extensive housing and community development background, spanning almost 20 years. Immediately prior to coming to SLHA, Ms. Green was the Executive Director of the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration, where she was responsible for overseeing and directing public policy, federal programs and regulations research for urban development programs. She managed a staff of approximately 30 professionals who are responsible for the implementation and evaluation of approximately $50 million in federally-funded programs. Prior to her tenure with the City, Ms. Green served as the Assistant Director of DeSales Community Housing Corporation, a premiere development organization.

Ms. Green has a Juris Doctorate degree with a concentration in Urban Development, Land Use and Environmental Law and a Masters in Public Administration, both from Saint Louis University. She is the recipient of the 2017 Award for Excellence in the Public Sector from the Community Builders Network of Metropolitan St. Louis and a graduate of the CORO Women in Leadership program.

As Executive Director, Ms. Green will develop SLHA’s comprehensive strategic plan, which includes fundraising, communications, strategic partnerships and support for SLHA residents. “I look forward to working with the residents, Commissioners, staff and stakeholders to create an exciting new chapter in SLHA’s development,” said Ms. Green.

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.

 

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.

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

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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.

Residents of Clinton-Peabody form a new tenant affairs board

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

Residents of Clinton-Peabody form a new tenant affairs board

Residents of the Clinton-Peabody public housing development form the new Clinton Peabody Tenant Association today.

St. Louis, MO (March 16, 2018) – Deandria Barnes—President and Treasurer, Mary Buckley—Vice President, Johnny Smith—Secretary and Claudia Grant—Sergeant at Arms, all residents of the Clinton-Peabody public housing development, formed a new tenant affairs board (TAB) today.

The function of the Clinton Peabody Tenant Association is to unite residents with the St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) in planning and decision making processes in order to make resident neighborhoods better places to live. The Clinton Peabody TAB will address needs and concerns and keep residents informed about their development’s activities and programs. The TAB will work with the SLHA and onsite managers to give residents a voice in overall development operation.

The St. Louis Housing Authority began steps to develop a new TAB after the former Clinton- Peabody TAB dissolved last December when one of the three members resigned. TABs must maintain a minimum of three members to be recognized as a TAB with the SLHA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

TABs are not-for-profit organizations specifically charged with the responsibility to maintain open communication with residents to keep them informed of all resident association meetings, activities, functions; promote programs that will provide improved educational, recreational, and social service opportunities; and receive official recognition from SLHA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a resident association pursuant to HUD regulations; and cooperate with other development resident associations in representing the interest of all residents.

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.

ND Consulting Group to conduct feasibility study at Clinton-Peabody

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 selects ND Consulting Group to conduct a real estate feasibility study at the Clinton-Peabody

St. Louis Housing Authority, ND Consulting Group and Capital Consultants to begin property assessment and resident engagement work this month at the Clinton-Peabody public housing development.

St. Louis, MO (March 16, 2018) – The St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) selects ND Consulting Group, which includes Tim Person and Associates, Grice Group Architects and Capital Consultants to conduct a feasibility study of the 358 unit, Clinton-Peabody, multi-family apartment complex, located at 1401 LaSalle Lane, St. Louis, MO 63104.

Through a Request for Proposals (RFP) competitive solicitation issued November 27, 2017, the SLHA selected the ND Consulting Group team. The team will conduct a physical needs assessment of the current housing, a market assessment of the development and surrounding neighborhoods and provide capital expenditure planning, construction cost estimates and project capital funds for the proposed redevelopment strategies.

As part of the analysis, data will be gathered from residents, the community and external stakeholders in an effort to obtain feedback and to develop the proposed strategies. Existing housing availability in the St. Louis area and adjacent to the housing development will be evaluated. Once complete, data from the market analysis will provide information to assist in forming the team’s recommendations. The team will then present their recommendations to the St. Louis Housing Authority for review.

After review of the recommendations, an update will be shared with Clinton-Peabody residents and all stakeholders. “It is our goal to provide the most viable approach for redevelopment whether it be through rehabilitation or redevelopment,” said SLHA Executive Director Cheryl Lovell.

Clinton-Peabody, built in 1942, is the only remaining large conventional public housing development in the SLHA portfolio. The development has issues of size, density, design and functional obsolescence. Significant cuts in federal funding for capital improvements over the last decade have left unmet capital needs. ND Consulting Group expressed that it is “eager to support SLHA and the residents and neighbors of Clinton-Peabody to determine how best to reposition this long-standing community asset.”

About the Companies:

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

About ND Consulting Group

ND Consulting Group (NDCG) is a St. Louis based multi-dimensional real estate development and finance consulting firm assisting public, private and non-profit organizations, including Public Housing Authorities, in all matters related to the development, financing and operations of commercial and multi-family real estate. NDCG has completed commercial, residential and mixed-use projects ranging in size from a few units to more than 500 units, including 3,300 apartments financed with Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity and over 1,000 apartments built and/or renovated with various HUD multifamily program funds and/or FHA loan programs.  www.ndconsulting.com

About Tim Person & Associates (TPA)

Tim Person & Associates is a certified minority and disadvantaged owned business providing public and media relations, community engagement and diversity consulting services to individuals, organizations and businesses involved in all of the various and essential aspects of government financed development and other initiatives.  www.timpersonandassociates.com

About Capital Consultant, Inc. (CCI)

Since 1997, St. Louis based Capital Consultants has provided services for over 1,200 projects in 46 states containing over 80,000 dwelling units, plus commercial spaces. The recipient of our assessments ranges from HUD approved lenders to state agencies or for developers/lenders/investors.  www.capital- consultantsinc.com

About Grice Group Architects (Grice)

Grice Group Architects is a St. Louis based, minority-owned firm, established in 1984 for the private practice of architecture and planning and has since designed and overseen the construction of dozens of HUD and MHDC financed affordable housing developments, including several multi-family developments owned and operated by Public Housing Authorities.  www.grice-stl.com

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