Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) was selected as the builder of choice for the final 10 lots of the La Saison development. St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) owns the undeveloped lots and procured Habitat through a competitive selection process to complete the neighborhood revitalization.
This build is the first major project HFHSL has partnered with the St. Louis Housing Authority on to create affordable home ownership opportunities for homebuyers.
Along with CannonDesign, the chosen architect, HFHSL is set to begin a community engagement process that will inform the home design process as plans begin to be drafted. This development is part of CannonDesign’s “Open Hand Studio,” which provides design services for the public good. This build represents a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.
Ground will be broken this year on the first phase, which will include five homes, 2 of which will be built to universal design standards, with all being built to net-zero ready energy efficiency standards, a common practice of Habitat’s to ensure long-term sustainability for new buyers.
This development is supported with Trust Fund dollars from the Affordable Housing Commission of the City of St. Louis, as well as funding from the St. Louis Housing Authority.
“SLHA is committed to building affordable housing in the region and believes this project will continue to invest in area residents,” said Thomas Jerry, SLHA Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
This is a joint investment of over $2 million in affordable housing just south of downtown in an area just adjacent to LaSalle Park and Lafayette Square.
The new homes are expected to be 4-bedroom, 2-bath, two-story buildings that complement the neighborhood. HFHSL anticipates the first phase will be completed in the first quarter of 2019.
A community charrette* will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at 6 PM at Al Chappelle Community Center, 1401 LaSalle, Street, 63104. Residents will get information about the project and their feedback will be sought. Questions about the charrette can be directed to Michael Powers, HFHSL’s Real Estate Development Manager at 314-678-4630.
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. With nearly 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL will begin building its 400th house late summer. HFHSL regularly ranks among the top Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis: Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis.
For more information, visit: www.habitatstl.org.
The area, located just adjacent to Lafayette Square and La Salle Park, has seen steady increases in home prices for many years, which has created greater demand for quality housing available below the market rate. The project is just north of the 152-unit mixed-income rental complex known as “King Louis Square.” It is walking distance to businesses, a full-service grocery and pharmacy, Lafayette Square, Soulard, downtown St. Louis and major bus and light rail lines.
More on the Need for Affordable Housing and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis receives 5,000 calls each year from people living in substandard housing who inquire about eligibility for Habitat’s home buying program. In 2016, more than 800 individuals or couples living in St. Louis City or County for at least one year, making within 25-50% of the area median income, and living in substandard housing requested a pre-screen application to begin the process of applying to the program.
In addition to a down payment and a 30-year affordable mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Homeowners are teachers, healthcare providers and returning college students determined to achieve homeownership and create a legacy for their families.
*A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.