On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2019 HBA President John Suelthaus (Kingbridge Homes) (left) and HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (right) presented a $20,000 donation to Lucas Rouggly, executive director and founder of LOVEtheLOU. LOVEtheLOU is a not-for-profit community development initiative that connects resources to the needs of the City of St. Louis.
The donation will be used to assist in the renovation of an abandoned home that is being renovated as a part of LOVEtheLOU’s STL Live Program for a mother and her six children. Through the STL Live Program, abandoned houses and apartments are being purchased in North City St. Louis. The houses are then remodeled and identified families enter into a rent-to-own lease in an effort to stabilize the neighborhood. Families who move into the homes will be anchors for their children and the community.
The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.