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Rise Launches Online LIHTC Explorer

As an affordable housing developer, Rise works hard to ensure that quality housing is available to people regardless of income level. Fortunately, we’re not the only ones who do this kind of work – and it’s not just in low-income, urban areas: it is all over the country, in all kinds of communities.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development makes this data publicly available at regular intervals. While the most recent database only covers projects from the program’s inception during the end of the Reagan administration to projects funded through 2014, it gives a really good look at what types of projects get funded, where and when. While it covers the whole country, we decided to highlight the work that is done in the two states that are part of our service area – Missouri and Illinois.

What it shows is that communities everywhere face a need for quality affordable housing, regardless of how dense their local area is, what way they lean politically, or what other factors play into their way of life. This is a need that affects every type of place where people live.

A few things to keep in mind about these points on the map as you navigate:

  • It only covers projects up to 2014, so the most recent projects will not appear.
  • Some projects did not contain addresses and were not mapped, so while it is very comprehensive it is not 100% complete.
  • The name of the company / developer may be the name of a development partnership created just for this development and not match which entity is responsible for the development. That means if you wanted to find out who was behind the building of the project, you might need to do some more research.

Click here to view our interactive LIHTC map for Missouri and Illinois, and click on any point to view more information about the project!

John Cruz Joins Rise Staff

Rise would like to welcome the newest member of our staff, John Cruz as Data Management Coordinator. John will replace Eleanor Tutt, who has been in the position for the past nine years and is taking a short sabbatical to focus on her personal life and volunteer projects. She will be seeking opportunities to use her data analysis and mapping skills to work in the field of social justice. We will miss Eleanor and wish her the very best in all of her endeavors.

John is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where he completed a Masters Degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development. John’s research focused on economic development strategies for urban areas, demographics research, placemaking strategies, retail business development, and transit-oriented development. He has used his extensive background in programming and information technology to utilize database systems and Geographic Information Systems.

John has worked in the community development field with one of our partners, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, as an intern conducting community development research, grant writing, IT, and organization based work. He is skilled in data collection, GIS mapping, social media, photography, and website development.

We are fortunate to have John on our staff and  encourage all of our partners and associates to make John feel at home with Rise.

Feel free to contact John at 314.333.7017 or [email protected]john-web-profile-2015.





Rise Announces 2015 Group Training Schedule

Our group training classes cover a broad range of organizational development and neighborhood revitalization topics and are taught by in-house Rise staff and outside experts in a variety of specialty areas. This year we are doing some collaboration with the Community Builders Network and our own Rise YP Board. Please sign up for the 2015 trainings as soon as possible, they fill up quick!

Revitalization in Transitional Neighborhoods

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 

Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: Harris Stowe State University; AT&T Library; Telecommunity Room

Description: Community Builders Network, in collaboration with Rise, is providing this training opportunity focusing on best practice strategies for developing and implementing in the revitalization of “middle” neighborhoods, also referred to as places where there is some market strength. Presenters will highlight strategies locally and in other comparable cities where community development is occurring in middle or transitional market neighborhoods.

To register for this training through Eventbrite click here or

RSVP: Please RSVP at least three business days prior to class by contacting

Jenny Ryan, Community Development Specialist with Community Builders Network at [email protected] or by phone at (314) 402-5595


Comprehensive Community Development in Distressed Communities and Weak Market Areas

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: Harris Stowe State University; AT&T Library; Telecommunity Room

Description: Rise, in collaboration with Community Builders Network, is offering this training seminar focused on working in distressed neighborhoods.  There will be a focus on developing and implementing a comprehensive community development plan, quality of life planning and managing the partnerships with plan implementation.

RSVP: Please RSVP at least three business days prior to class by contacting

Brian Hurd, Technical Assistance Program Manager with Rise at [email protected] or (314) 333-7012


Date: Friday, September 25th, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon


O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex
4343 West Florissant Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63115


Rise and CBN are excited to present a training and workshop on the role of Civic Technology and Community Development. Eleanor Tutt, Data Management Coordinator at Rise, will facilitate an engaging session directed to community development professionals regarding how tech can improve the interaction between residents and the public sector as well as improve the quality of life for neighborhoods. Be prepared to discuss what challenges and opportunities you are facing in your service areas and how tech might improve or assist your work.

To register through Eventbrite here.

RSVP: Please RSVP at least three business days prior to class by contacting

Jenny Ryan, Community Development Specialist with Community Builders Network at [email protected] or by phone at (314) 402-5595

For more information please contact Eleanor Tutt, Data Management Coordinator at [email protected]

Other notable group training topics coming later this year: 

  • And in the fourth quarter, Rise will discuss opportunities and strategies to engage renters in neighborhood revitalization and community development by fostering their inclusive involvement

For more information on Rise’s 2015 group training schedule, please contact Brian Hurd, Technical Assistance Program Manager, at [email protected] or by phone at (314) 333-7012.

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