August Landlord Training Workshop Announced: Register today!

July’s Landlord and Rehabber Training Announced. Register today!

You are invited to a Landlord & Rehabber Training, Tuesday, July 28, Scope of Work Development & Working With Contractorsoffered online in a Zoom meeting.

Register here: https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUsc-6tpj0qEtRsMVynj9sPmdU3jgBCjnW8 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom. Save that email or copy and paste the information into your calendar. You will need that information to join the virtual workshop on July 28. Learn from Jill Aboussie, realtor and owner of City Restoration and Revival LLC.  Jill buys, renovates and sells or rents historic buildings in the city of St. Louis.  Jill will layout from beginning to end, a Scope of Work when rehabbing a property and her approach to working with contractors. Bryan Berry of the Berry Group, LLC provides insurance and Risk Management services, is a broker for the Charles L. Crane Agency, and President of the Board of Directors at Safety Council of Greater St. Louis. Bryan will educate us on managing the risk and exposures of rehabbing and rental property management. 

The 2020 Landlord Training is a Northside-Southside Collaboration between North Newstead Association, The Vacancy Collaborative, and Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC. This FREE training is open to all landlords, property managers, rehabbers, developers, and interested parties. This facility is ADA compliant. If you need special accommodations, please contact dana@towergrovecdc.org

The goal of the Landlord & Rehabber Training Program is to stabilize our communities by building an eco-system of educated landlords, rehabbers, and small developers empowered to reduce vacancy and nuisance.  The program will enlist professionals from real estate, property management, law, accounting, preservation, & finance industries to share their knowledge on acquiring and developing real estate and implementing property management best practices. 

This activity is funded by a HUD Community Development Block Grant via the St. Louis Community Development Administration and coordinated by Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, North Newstead Association, and The Vacancy Collaborative. 

COVID-19 RESOURCES: Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, property manager Kristan Nickels, has compiled resources for tenants and procedures for property management and maintenance during Covid-19 – including FREE mediation services as an alternative to eviction. Review those here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17fz2vrAnqJwXWtv_zNIipfNG3uJQylwHDqsk8oTIwlc/edit?usp=sharing

Feeling Thankful this Thursday

We’re feeling especially thankful this Thursday because of our awesome summer intern, Marye’ah Young!

Marye’ah started her internship with us just a month ago but since then, she has really become part of the North Newstead family. Fitting right in and jumping right in, she has assisted us tremendously with everything from administrative duties to property management to even rolling up her sleeves and getting involved with our community engagement work.

Marye’ah (second from the left) assists with collecting names of produce recipients during our stop at Homer G. Phillips Senior Apartments in May.

In the fall, Marye’ah will be returning to Missouri State University in Springfield to finish up her degree in Psychology.

Learn more about Marye’ah on our staff page here.

Thanks, Marye’ah! We’re lucky to have you on board!

St. Louisans Continue to Support One Another

North Newstead Association wrapped up our free fresh produce program a few weeks ago by delivering over 75 bags of fresh produce to senior residents of the Homer G. Phillips Senior Apartments in the historic Ville neighborhood.

When we pulled up with a van full of fresh produce to just a small line of folks in front of the Homer G. Phillips Senior Apartments, we thought we’d have a long afternoon ahead of us trying to give away all the bags we had brought. However, soon after we started handing out bags of the beautiful produce packed for us by Metro Market St. Louis, these concerns quickly vanished as residents not only called their friends and neighbors to come downstairs to grab their own bags but some residents began to bring bags up to friends and neighbors who could not otherwise pick up a bag.

This love, thoughtfulness, and camaraderie of our community members is what is carrying us through these times, inspiring hope for tomorrow.

Thank you to Invest STL for making all these deliveries possible and to our friends at Metro Market St. Louis for always packing such amazingly fresh produce for residents in North St. Louis. Through this program, NNA was able to deliver over 307 bags of fresh produce directly into the hands of residents.

If you or your organization would like to help us expand our reach, please do not hesitate to contact us.

North Newstead, however, is not alone in our efforts to support our residents. Please check out other events and resources below. Thank you to all these amazing St. Louisans and to the countless others for doing their part to support one another!

Back to Nature Project at O’Fallon Park Highlights the Power of Partnerships!

In 2018, North Newstead Association was selected as the community engagement partner on the Back to Nature Grant awarded to O’Fallon Park in North St. Louis. Since then, we’ve worked with partners including the Missouri Department of Conservation, the City of St. Louis’s Parks Department, Missouri Botanical Garden’s Outdoor Youth Corp, Brightside St. Louis, Americorp and so many others on many projects at the park.

Highlighting the “Power of Partnerships”, this amazing video features some of these partners and the importance of this project. Check out what’s happening at O’Fallon Park and let us know if you’d like to learn more or get involved with supporting this wonderful community asset!

June Landlord Training Workshop to focus on New Construction on Vacant Lots

This month’s Landlord Training Workshop will focus on New Construction on a Vacant Lot. Register today for June 23rd’s free workshop with the link below!

More details:

You are invited to a Landlord & Rehabber Training, Tuesday, June 23, New Construction on a Vacant Lot –  focusing on LRA property, offered online in a Zoom meeting. Register here:

https://umsystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrcuGrrTkrH92pEiEjLWGgnn4WzZWvI1lp   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom. Save that email or copy and paste the information into your calendar. You will need that information to join the virtual workshop on June 23.

 

We will learn the process to acquire a property from Laura Costello, director of the city’s landbank, the Land Reutilization Authority (LRA).  Hear from two developers about new housing on LRA lots. Yaphett El-Amin, former MO State Rep, president of Efficacy Consulting & Development, has built 40 single family homes in the Vandeventer neighborhood.  Jamilah Nasheed, MO Senator 5th District, is securing architect drawings and surveys for her proposal to build a 4-plex on an LRA lot.  Learn from these ladies’ experiences.

 

The 2020 Landlord Training is a Northside-Southside Collaboration between North Newstead Association, The Vacancy Collaborative, and Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC. This FREE training is open to all landlords, property managers, rehabbers, developers, and interested parties. This facility is ADA compliant. If you need special accommodations, please contact dana@towergrovecdc.org

The goal of the Landlord & Rehabber Training Program is to stabilize our communities by building an eco-system of educated landlords, rehabbers, and small developers empowered to reduce vacancy and nuisance.  The program will enlist professionals from real estate, property management, law, accounting, preservation, & finance industries to share their knowledge on acquiring and developing real estate and implementing property management best practices.

 

This activity is funded by a HUD Community Development Block Grant via the St. Louis Community Development Administration and coordinated by Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, North Newstead Association, and The Vacancy Collaborative.

 

Tenant Screening service is available for all areas! Visit MyHomeScreen.org or call 314-865-5530.

COVID-19 RESOURCES: Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, property manager Kristan Nickels, has compiled resources for tenants and procedures for property management and maintenance during Covid-19. Review those here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17fz2vrAnqJwXWtv_zNIipfNG3uJQylwHDqsk8oTIwlc/edit?usp=sharing

 

Fresh Produce Giving Us A Reason to Smile– or Smize

Smizing– I remember the first time I had heard the term used to describe someone who was smiling with their eyes. However, it is not until today that I realized that there is no better way of describing our faces whenever Friday rolls around because TGIF!

Thank goodness it’s Friday! However, TGIF not only because its a long holiday weekend ahead but thank goodness it’s Friday because we get to see our wonderful community partners and get to deliver fresh produce into the hands of our community members.

Trust me, we are all smiling full grins under our masks even though all you see are our beautiful smizes.

This week, another 75 bags of fresh produce was dropped off to folks impacted by COVID-19 in our neighborhoods, bringing our total to 230 bags! Thank you to Invest STL for making all this possible and to our partners Metro Market St. Louis, Old North Restoration, Old North Provisions, Vandeventer Neighborhood, and the Revitalization of Baden Association!

If you or your organization would like to help us expand our reach further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Thank you. Be well and take care. 🙂

We Have Strong Communities!

Every day, we hear news of the toll that COVID-19 is taking on our economy, communities and current way of life. This news is overwhelming and often defeating. But its not all without hope. Every day, people are coming together and lending a helping hand to those around them. What we do at North Newstead Association is just a small snippet of the great work that is happening across our region and my heart swells just thinking of how strong our communities are!

Today, another round of fresh, nutritious produce was delivered to our wonderful partners and residents in the Fairground, Wells-Goodfellow, Fountain Park, and Lewis Place neighborhoods. As of today, over 155 unique individuals and their families have received bags overflowing with collard greens, potatoes, cabbage, onions, bananas, cantaloupe, tomatoes and more. 

 

Thank you to InvestSTL, Fairground Neighborhood Revitalization Organization, Wellston Loop CDC, Lewis Place and Fountain Park Neighborhood Association, and MetroMarket for making all this possible and allowing us to reach more people- especially those who have no other means of getting fresh food at this time.

Additionally, a special thank you to Urban Harvest! For the past several weeks, the folks over at Urban Harvest has generously shared the spring bounty from their Food Roof with us. Paired with our other deliveries, this partnership has served as a catch-all for other residents looking for fresh food.

Another round of deliveries is in the works for next week. If you or your organization would like to help us expand our reach further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Thank you. Be well and take care. 🙂