For the last several months, I have been preaching from the book of regional self-interest about the need to invest in our collective future. I
High concentrations of poverty and communities in decline don’t just harm those most directly impacted. In addition to devastating the lives of generations of St. Louisans, the negative impact of these conditions have a rippling effect across our entire region in the form of failing schools, decreased public safety, a negative national image, and limiting our region’s growth, wellbeing, and prosperity in every way.
For our region to succeed in the years ahead, it’s vital that we invest in our under-resourced communities. We believe our work and model provides a real solution to move all of St. Louis forward, once and for all.
Beyond Housing is a nationally recognized community development organization dedicated to strengthening families and transforming our under-resourced communities to create a stronger, more equitable, and prosperous St. Louis, once and for all.
Our work in North St. Louis County is one of the most comprehensive community development efforts in the United States and the largest in the St. Louis region.
Beginning as a housing organization in 1975, our history has been one of continual learning and evolution in our mission to create greater results and lasting change.
Our comprehensive, holistic work spans several key impact areas that are essential for thriving families and communities, from housing to education, health, employment, economic development, municipal government, and more.
The 24:1 Community is a community comprised of multiple municipalities within the Normandy schools footprint in North St. Louis County. Though the community contains a variety of household incomes and successful neighborhoods, the area has had the highest concentration of poverty in the Missouri side of the St. Louis region for several decades.
In 2010, Beyond Housing worked with community leaders and residents to create the 24:1 Community, uniting the multiple municipalities under a common vision. In partnership with the community, we launched a comprehensive initiative to
address the significant challenges and begin reversing the decades-long trajectory of decline.
Since 2010, we have raised and invested more than $150 million in the community. We have also invested heavily in creating the infrastructure of staff, programs, partners, and trusted relationships for fulfilling our comprehensive model and creating real change.
Our innovative model provides a real solution that can also be replicated in other parts of the region.
raised and invested in the 24:1 Community
invested in construction projects for housing and economic development
invested in commercial development
increase in property values
rental housing units with holistic supportive services for families
in wealth creation (individual savings accounts, college savings, and down payment assistance for new homeowners)
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This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Business Journal. Among the challenges identified by readers of the St. Louis Business Journal in its AdvanceSTL
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