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Sunday, January 1, 2012

UMSL Takes Over E-mail List

The St. Louis lender and community development electronic mailing list has migrated to a new location. The University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) will now administer this St. Louis community development digest e-mail. The digest will include events and announcements, and will be sent out twice a month. It will consolidate several e-mail lists in an effort to decrease redundancy and to better communicate the strength of the community development profession in the area. For the past nine years, Matt Ashby at the St. Louis Fed has overseen this forum and has done a great job keeping e-mails timely and the list up-to-date. We thank Matt for his stellar service! And thanks also to UMSL for picking up the reins on this important informational service. For more information, please contact Karl Guenther at 314-516-5845 or

New Project Supports Veteran Housing

The National League of Cities (NLC) and The Home Depot Foundation (HDF) will launch a new effort to help local officials rehabilitate neighborhood housing for returning military veterans, disabled veterans and special-needs populations. HDF will support the efforts of the NLC with a $250,000 grant for 2012. The partnership will leverage HDF’s work in a number of cities to support nonprofit partners by funding housing repair and renovation, helping to eliminate barriers in providing rehabilitated housing for vets. For more information, visit

HUD Seeks “Choice Neighborhoods” Applicants

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will offer $110 million in FY 2012 Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Implementation Grant funds. CNI Implementation Grants support communities involved in revitalization strategies aimed at neighborhood transformation, meeting the program’s core goals of transforming distressed public and assisted housing into viable, long-term mixed-income housing, as well as improving safety, transportation and education. The application deadline is April 10. For more information, visit