OUR HOMES

SJHI homes are renovated and sold at an affordable price to low and moderate-income homebuyers who have been pre-qualified and participated in SJHI-sponsored home buying education programs. Our families are also assigned a “First Neighbors” partner family, who will provide support and connect them to their greater community.

5036 SOUTH GRAND

5036 South Grand is a cheery, roomy house, full of South City character. It has a large backyard, and sits on a major street, centrally located to all the conveniences of the neighborhood. Thanks to crackerjack volunteers, including those from St. Mary’s High School, and Fontbonne University, as well as the work of Wall Flower Design, Dream Builders 4 Equity, and other professionals, we renovated all major components so that a homebuyer could be confident they wouldn’t be facing any major maintenance or costs in their first years.

In late July, a wonderful family of six closed on this house, and at the end of 2019 they celebrated their first Christmas there. From beginning to end, this has been a journey of community coming together and we are grateful to all involved.

If you are interested in buying one of our homes, check out our How to Qualify guidelines, and please contact us. Additionally, if you have a South City home you are interested in selling or donating, we are interested in you! Reach out to us today.

4651 and 4647 Alaska Ave. — In Process!

We are so thankful to be renovating not just one house, but also the house next door! 4651 Alaska and 4657 Alaska are great houses, one with two (potentially three) bedrooms and the other with three. Both have great bones and nice yards.  We excited to double our impact on the block and  facilitate the relationship between two new neighbors in the community. These homes are coming to completion and should be ready to go on the market by the end of February 2020!

If you are interested in buying one of our homes, check out our How to Qualify guidelines, and please contact us. Additionally, if you have a South City home you are interested in selling or donating, we are interested in you! Reach out to us today.

FIRST NEIGHBORS PROGRAM

In a city neighborhood, owning a home doesn’t just mean having a roof over your head–it means having neighbors by your side. In our First Neighbors program, each new homeowner is paired with a team of current community residents facilitated by SJHI, to offer support and foster community.

FIRST NEIGHBORS ARE:

  • Residents of the neighborhood
  • Representative of the diversity of races, ethnicities and cultures in our community
  • Willing to welcome the new homebuyer to the area by introducing them to other neighbors and families
  • Will be willing to take the new neighbor on a tour of the area, pointing out important resources (grocery store, library, post office, etc.)
  • Will invite the new homebuyer to join them in attending neighborhood meetings, block parties, alley sweeps etc.
  • Will introduce the new family to Neighborhood Stabilization Officer, Alderman and neighborhood leaders and explain their roles
  • Will provide info on churches and schools as needed
  • Will check in frequently with the new neighbor, maybe even invite for a casual dinner from time to time
  • Will give information that a new neighbor might not understand, eg. protocol for using dumpsters, where to park on street cleaning days, etc.
  • Will be willing to loan a tool or help with a project
  • Will commit approximately 20 hours/year, for at least 1 year, including attending occasional homeowner welcome parties and occasional First Neighbor team meetings with the SJHI First Neighbors team coordinator
  • Will attend an orientation conducted by SJHI
  • Will have ongoing check-ins and communication with the SJHI First Neighbors team coordinator
  • Will be provided with a First Neighbors Handbook that includes a phone/email tree, neighborhood community resources, and helpful ideas for how to be a good neighbor

If you are interested in becoming a part of the First Neighbors team, reach out to us today!