U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

A portrait of Will Jordan, the executive director of the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council.
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Can access to more data and a revised funding application help the St. Louis region and the federal government fulfill the promise of the Fair Housing Act of 1968? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development hopes so.

Affordable housing advocates gathered at the Saint Louis University law school building Friday to discuss the possible impact of a new HUD rule that requires communities that receive federal housing grants look at best practices nationwide when renewing their grant applications.

The Harambee Youth Training program, which teaches kids tuckpointing skills, received a HUD-funded community development block grant from the St. Louis city's community development administration in 2014.
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St. Louis highlighted accomplishments this week that it made using millions in federal grant money. These include funding 13 youth programs, developing about 325 new or rehabbed housing units, and hosting other programs for low to moderate income residents last year.

Flanked by Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and Mayor Francis Slay, Clinton-Peabody Tenant Affairs President Sam Blue celebrates winning the HUD jobs grant on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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Residents of St. Louis’ Clinton-Peabody housing development will soon have help from the federal government to find good-paying jobs. The near south side public housing complex is the recipient of a $3 million grant.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay thanks HUD Deputy Director Nani Coloretti for the grant as 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard looks on.
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Updated at 5:00 p.m. with further information about planning partners and neighborhood boundaries.

The neighborhood centered around an 1,800-unit assisted housing project just north of downtown St. Louis will be the focus of a $500,000 planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday.

(courtesy of Housing and Urban Development department)

City officials are bullish about a comprehensive data analysis aimed at providing guidance to steer money more strategically for housing and community development programs.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released a "market value analysis" of the city of St. Louis. It’s a snapshot that provides detailed information about foreclosures, housing prices, construction permits and commercial development around the city.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The rules are changing for federally insured reverse mortgages designed to enable older Americans to borrow from the equity in their homes without making payments. Lenders don’t collect on the loans until the houses are sold.

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The BEACH Project, an initiative focused on quickly creating permanent housing and additional services for the city’s chronically homeless, received an additional $1 million to continue its mission.

Bill Siedhoff, director of human services for the City of St. Louis, says that the funding is essential for the project’s goal to end chronic homelessness in St. Louis by 2015.