Beyond Housing CEO Chris Krehmeyer writes why addressing poverty makes all of St. Louis richer
The 24:1 Community is an area comprised of multiple municipalities within the Normandy schools footprint in North St. Louis County.
Though the community is home to several thriving neighborhoods and a mix of household incomes, this area has had the highest concentration of poverty in the Missouri side of the St. Louis region for several decades.
In 2008, local mayors, officials, and residents within the Normandy schools footprint in North St. Louis County began a series of conversations in partnership with Beyond Housing on how to address the many challenges resulting from decades of disinvestment and decline.
From these discussions, the 24:1 Community was born. Chosen by the community, the name represents the 24 municipalities (now 23) within the Normandy schools footprint united under one vision for neighborly communities, invested families, and successful businesses.
The next several years were focused on stabilizing these municipalities to prevent further decline and creating the infrastructure of staff, nonprofit partners, programs, and close trusted relationships to fulfill our comprehensive model and create real change.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and commitment of residents, officials, and our many partners, great progress has been made since 2010. Reversing decades of decline doesn’t happen overnight, however. There is still much work to be done.
What happens in communities like the 24:1 Community has a large impact on our entire region. The further transformation of this community is critical—not just for this community but for all of St. Louis.
Learn more about the community and our work by visiting the community website at our241.org.
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To be clear, St. Louis is not America’s comeback city at the moment. If we can get enough of the right heads together on the same page, however, then it’s not out of the realm of possibility in the not-too-distant future. I believe the story of how it could come to be has a distinct possibility of one day becoming national news.
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