Duties and Responsibilities
The Office of Community Development is charged with coordinating housing and community development related activities in St. Louis County.
We do this by administering federal Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership Program funds received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Office of Community Development receives funds allocated to St. Louis County each year; approximately $4.5 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds and $2.8 million in federal Home Investment Partnership program funds.
These funds are utilized in participating municipalities and unincorporated areas throughout St. Louis County to carry out programs and activities which benefit low and moderate income households, eliminate slums and blighted conditions.
Housing Programs were designed to create solutions to abandoned, substandard and un-affordable housing stock by assisting in the development of housing for low and moderate income individuals and families.
The St. Louis HOME Consortium assists in creating and maintaining affordable housing. They utilize funds to provide down payment assistance to first time home buyers in
Funds are also provided to developers of affordable for sale and rental housing for low and moderate income residents who experience obstacles maintaining their residences.
St. Louis County offers assistance through the Home Improvement Program and the Lead Hazard Control Program.
Community Development Block Grants
Community Development Block Grant funds provide annual grants on a formula basis to entitlement cities and counties. The purpose of the program is to assist in developing viable urban communities.
As the lead member, St. Louis County assists 77 municipalities and various non-profits by carrying out a wide range of community development activities including but not limited to:
- Acquisition of real property
- Relocation and demolition
- Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
- Construction of public facilities and improvements such as water, sewer, streets, parks, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes.
- Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources
- Economic development and job creation/retention
- Historic preservation
Office of Community Development Information Brochure
Community Development’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, more commonly known as the Fair Housing Act, ensures protection of housing opportunity by prohibiting discrimination in the sale or rental of housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin, and was amended in 1988 to include familial status and disability.
HUD grantees receiving funds under the Community Development Block Grant program are required to complete a fair housing study, known as an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice to ensure that housing and urban development programs are being administered in a way that furthers fair housing for these protected classes. St. Louis County, the City of Florissant, and the City of O’Fallon participate together in a Consortium for the purpose of accessing federal affordable housing funds under HUD’s Home Investment Partnerships Act program.
Because of the collaborative affordable housing planning undertaken by the Consortium, the members sought to jointly conduct this AI to provide a streamlined regional approach to fair housing and to identify and address impediments to fair housing choice that often do not strictly follow jurisdictional boundaries.
Analysis of Impediments