St. Louis: Renaissance Place

A 512- garden and townhome apartments, economically-integrated LEED-ND certified HOPE VI community. Previously, the Arthur Blumeyer public housing development, constructed in 1968, which had four high-rise and 42 low-rise buildings and housed 1,747 customers. Residents began managing the development in 1995 and, as part of the management process, began undertaking a major renovation of the units; however,  together with the St. Louis Housing Authority, the residents determined that major revitalization was needed to truly transform the community. The first step in creating a master plan for the community was conducting an extensive community planning and visioning process to draft the plans for new housing and community support services with a steering committee made up of residents and stakeholders, including the Blumeyer Village Tenant Association and the Tenant Advisory Boards of the Elderly buildings.

Housing Stability

Through intense case management and strategic partnerships, we seek to follow the changes in the following indicators. Our dashboard details the data associated with the bold items:

  • Families actively engaged in case management
  • Families in active case management completing a goal
  • Adults in active case management completing a goal
  • Families in active case management who have completed a goal related to housing stability
  • Households with a decrease in risk score since baseline
  • Households with a risk score higher than 100
  • Average family risk score

Income & Employment

Through intense case management and strategic partnerships, we seek to follow the changes for families actively in case management for the following items:

  • Average household income
  • Average earned household income (this excludes households with $0 earned income)
  • Employment rate among able-bodied adults (18 to 64)

Education

Through intense case management and strategic partnerships, we seek to follow the changes for the following indicators:

  • Children age 0-5 enrolled in an early learning program
  • Children and youth engaged in enrichment programs

Health

Through intense case management and strategic partnerships, we seek to follow the changes for the following indicators:

  • Participants connected to a primary care provider
  • participants who have been seen by their primary care provided in the last year

Today, the transformed community is environmentally-sustainable community featuring 213kw of solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system that provides irrigation and was the first community in Missouri certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) program. Amenities include an on-site community activities building, community gathering space, a computer lab, private pool and fitness center. Urban Strategies raised money to develop a pavilion and walking path at a neighboring park, encouraging more active, outdoor lifestyles for residents. The Community Supportive Services Program, managed by Urban Strategies, helps residents achieve their goals for self-sufficiency and personal development. This includes linking with educational services, career placement and enhancement support, child care services, health services, and programs for youth including employment, tutoring, and other educational activities. A Resident Liaison, funded by the operations of the new Renaissance Place at Grand developments, continues to work in the community.