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Invest STL Pilot Program focused on keeping residents Rooted in the community

“This is not just a dream or something that is so far away that you can’t reach. This is happening in our community and it’s happening with people that are here.” - Star Stinson, West End resident and Rooted participant. Watch the Fox 2 story to learn more about...

Rooted initiative provides 20K to some city residents

The Rooted initiative hopes to create “a multi-generational approach to wealth building” by providing $20,000 to 50 participants that live in the city’s West End or Visitation Park neighborhoods who applied and qualified for the grant. Each participant will have...

Can Wealth-Building Programs Both Prevent Displacement and Narrow the Racial Wealth Gap?

In recent years, the West End and Visitation Park neighborhoods of St. Louis have begun to see signs of gentrification. These historically Black communities are experiencing increased economic investment, rising rent and housing prices, and a growing white and...

To strengthen north St. Louis neighborhoods, program gives 50 families $20,000 each

“We entered this program to keep our home for our family,” Darius Franklin said. “We didn’t enter this program just so we could fix it up, make it look nice and get a check. This house is more than just monetary value to us.” The 1906 home in the West End is owned by...

How West End residents took control of their community’s future development

WeCollab hit a critical milestone in their journey to bring resident vision and leadership into their community’s planning and development conversation. On June 14, 2023, the WeCollab Neighborhood Plan was adopted by the City of St. Louis’ Planning Commission as a...

WeCollab Resident-led Neighborhood Plan – A New Standard

The adoption of the WeCollab neighborhood plan is historic for what it is and how it was conceived; its authentic commitment to making real the vision and initiatives that residents want to see is a signal to the larger ecosystem that a new approach is already making...

West End + Visitation Park Resident-led Neighborhood Plan Receives International Chart Award

WeCollab has been awarded the Congress for New Urbanism International Charter Award. WeCollab is a resident-led collaborative in the West End and Visitation Park neighborhoods, on the western edge of the city north of Forest Park and Delmar Blvd. Their top priority...

Invest STL Plans for the Future

“We are grappling with, ‘How do we plan for the future of our neighborhood and its economic prosperity, and its continued call for diversity and racial equity?’ At the same time as we’re doing this, how do we prevent things like displacement from happening?” Treena...

Reflections On 2021

Invest STL offers our 2021 reflection from a place of gratitude and growth. We have come a long way as we set the tone for the journey ahead. 2021 presented our growing team and vision with the opportunity to look inward and cultivate our organizational place and...

Systems change requires all of us.

Systems change pictures a future where we do things differently and that’s how we get different results, lasting change, justice, and opportunity for every person. Stepping toward that future, here in St. Louis, are leaders from across a broad spectrum of activities...

Invest STL – Reflections On 2020

Invest STL takes a moment to pause, breathe and reflect on the year that was 2020. We are growing steadily, both internally as an organization and through our impact in St. Louis neighborhoods. Getting to know and grow our relationships with community partners and...

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