OUR MISSION: As a faith-based organization, our mission is to create vibrant communities through affordable quality housing where low and moderate income families can thrive, prosper and build wealth.
OUR HISTORY AND NEIGHBORHOOD
Those of us who make St. Louis City our home know what a special place it is, and take pride in the joy of living here. It is also clear that our city needs our attention. The Ferguson Commission confirmed alarming statistics about poverty and systemic racial injustices in our St. Louis Area. For example, in St. Louis City, 32% of black residents own their homes compared to 56% of white residents, according to a 2015 study cited by “Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity.” The median value of a black-owned home here is $82,000, as opposed to $145,000 for a white-owned home. Additionally, the report points out that by some estimates black St. Louisans are denied home loans at more than twice the rate as white St. Louisans.
The St. Joseph Housing Initiative was born out of a desire to acknowledge, address and combat these inequities. Through the vision and efforts of Bridget Flood, Executive director of the Incarnate Word Foundation, Mike England, President of St. Mary’s High School, Archbishop Robert Carlson, and many others, SJHI was formed.
Our initial focus area is a vibrant section of South City that straddles the Dutchtown and Carondelet neighborhoods. We are here to serve and partner with existing residents and new neighbors in this region, members of the community who deserve the opportunity to build equity through home ownership. Our goal is simple: to invest in families by helping them build financial security. Brick by brick, hand in hand, we are building stronger homes, stabler neighborhoods, and a more vibrant, more humane St. Louis.
“This isn’t just about homeownership. It’s also about what I call community equity, racial equity and socio-economic equity.”
— Bridget Flood, Executive Director, Incarnate Word Foundation
Board of Directors
Michael F. England, Chair
President, St. Mary’s High School
Jeff Pitts, Vice Chair
Retired, Anheuser Busch General Manager
Jane Tracy, Secretary
Director, Light A Single Candle Foundation
Buzz Hopkins , Treasurer
Rev. Mitchell Doyen
Pastor, St. John the Baptist
Executive Director, Incarnate Word Foundation
Senior HR Business Partner, Talent Development at FleishmanHillard
Director, Peace & Justice Commission
Archdiocese of St. Louis
Principal, Our Lady of Lourdes
COO, Superior Building Group
RE Broker, Berkshire Hathaway
Sr. Mary Ann Nestel, CSJ
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet/Community Activist
Vice President, US Bank
Evelyn (Sunny) Sims
Attorney, Wasinger Daming
Maureen Sweeney McCuen
Maureen brings over 20 years of experience in St. Louis real estate and urban renewal. She has worked as the Director of Sales/Leasing and Property Management at Loftworks/Citiworks, was the Vice President of Transaction Management for the Equis Corporation, the Director of Commercial Leasing for Love Management Company, and the Executive Director of St. Margaret Housing Corporation. Her diverse background includes sales, leasing, planning, development, construction, marketing, negotiations, property and staff management. Among her proudest accomplishments was helping to create The St. Louis Stamping Lofts, a transitional housing opportunity for homeless, ex-offenders, and veterans. A life-long city resident, she has raised her family and renovated several happy homes in the Shaw Neighborhood of South City.
Annie is delighted to be working with SHJI. A freelance writer, Annie was for many years a New York-based professional actor. One of her proudest affiliations was as a devoted volunteer with The 52nd Street Project, a New York community-based arts organization, that brings together kids and teens with theater professionals to create original theater offered free to the general public. She recently relocated to the city with her husband and daughter, and is happy to work for an organization that celebrates her hometown of St. Louis, and serves St. Louisans.