“The first place that human hearts are formed, where we learn to give and receive love and recognize dignity, is in the home.”

— Archbishop Robert. J. Carlson

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.


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
Kathy Siddens, Vice Chair
Executive Director, Prosperity Connection
Jane Tracy, Secretary
BOD, Light a Single Candle Foundation

David Dodson
CEO of Bywater Development Group
Rev. Mitchell Doyen
Pastor, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Bridget Flood
Executive Director, Incarnate Word Foundation
Mildred Galvin
Senior HR Business Partner, Talent Development at FleishmanHillard
Marie Kenyon
Director, Peace & Justice Commission
Archdiocese of St. Louis
Lucy McCalpin
Social Worker
Matt Lanzone
Vice President, Vault Verify
Duan Lee
RE Broker, Berkshire Hathaway
Sr. Mary Ann Nestel, CSJ
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet/Community Activist
Evelyn (Sunny) Sims
Attorney, Wasinger Daming
Jesse Wise
Vice President – Corporate CRA Officer for First Bank

Executive Director

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.

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Director of Development

Christy McCutcheon 

Christy has worked in not for profit fundraising for 30 years, most recently at St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired as the Director of Development and Communications. She has experience in many aspects of development including annual and major gifts, grant writing, and events, and has an undergraduate degree from Stephens College in Columbia MO, and a Masters Degree from Lindenwood University.   As a native St. Louisan, Christy is committed to this community and the people in it, and inspired by St. Josephs mission to create vibrant communities and help families thrive, prosper, and build equity through home ownership. She is eager to get to know the current donors and grow the support from the St. Louis community for this one-of-a-kind mission.  Christy lives in Defiance with her husband and two children ages, 17 & 15. She spends her free time traveling with her kids sports teams.

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Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

Annie Purcell

Annie is delighted to be working with SHJI. A freelance writer, Annie was for many years a New York-based professional actor and arts educator.  Born and raised in Shaw neighborhood, she is passionate about her hometown and delighted to work for an organization that serves St. Louisans and celebrates St. Louis City neighborhoods.  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.

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