ORGANIZE & ADVOCATE
Host events or reach out to policy makers in your community.
Register to Vote
Register to vote and participate in your local and state elections.
Advocate for Policies
- Advocate for policies that promote neighborhood diversity, affordable housing, infrastructure improvements, and/or neighborhood health programs by writing to or calling your local and state policy makers, such as members of the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives.
- Support the new Section 3 law by HUD, a newly proposed rule on the hiring of low-income persons and businesses on federally funded projects.
- Advocate for Smart Growth America, a model of planning and zoning by the American Planning Association, which encourages the clustering of homes near shopping areas, public transportation, and employment possibilities. The type of community design proposed by the principles of Smart Growth could encourage healthy behaviors and positive social relationships among neighbors.
- Advocate to bring retail food markets into disadvantaged communities as a way of increasing access to affordable, healthy food options, particularly in neighborhoods that have limited choices.
Become a Tester
Assist the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council in its goal to ensure equal access to housing and places of public accommodation for all people by becoming a tester for its housing discrimination testing program or by serving as a tenant advocate.
Join a Community Group
Join your neighborhood association and bring the conversation to your neighborhood association or faith community by hosting a panel discussion or community town hall on opportunities for improvement.
Organize a resource fair, develop a website, or create a brochure to highlight the opportunities that already exist in your neighborhood. These could range from housing assistance programs to health-related events to recreational facilities.
Write a Letter
Write a letter to the editor or op-ed in support of equitable housing laws, neighborhood diversity initiatives, or community development programs.