Rise is a leading nonprofit organization that connects key groups, working to revitalize communities and neighborhoods in Greater St. Louis. Rise acts as a resource and partner to the community, bringing together non-profit organizations, financial institutions and government to make successful neighborhood revitalization possible. With the development of more than 4,000 homes and 60,000 square feet of commercial space, we’ve helped 42 communities across the region as a community developer, consultant, and lender.

At Rise, our staff brings extensive industry expertise to all stages of neighborhood revitalization and development, providing consulting and data-driven strategic guidance to help kick-start, finance, manage and successfully complete neighborhood redevelopment projects.

Our Mission:

Rise Partners with Communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis area neighborhoods.

In addition to providing housing development services, we deliver technical expertise for capacity-building support and access to financing, with the ability to navigate  tax credits and structured financing and tackle grants. Through our Regional Neighborhood Support Collaborative program, we have provided $2.7 million in operating grants to 20 community development organizations.

We work in partnership with community-based and other organizations to redevelop property, strengthen neighborhoods and build communities in the St. Louis area. This is done through nonprofit organization capacity building, organizational and community assessment, real estate development, and research, as well as by connecting stakeholders such as not-for-profit community organizations, financial institutions, government entities and others.  Rise offers technical assistance and training to increase the capacity and expertise of community-based development organizations through its CDC capacity Building Program; develops affordable housing in the region’s neighborhoods; provides development financing; and awards grants through its Regional Neighborhood Support Collaborative Grant Program and Community Development Technical Assistance Program.

With a focus on sustainable success, we strive to create stronger communities and more desirable places to live. We help turn neighborhood visions into realities of vibrant living areas that attract people and small businesses. By pursuing opportunities to help foster thriving communities and local economies in St. Louis, we help advance the regional economy. Working together with regional corporate, banking and public sector partners, we’ve assisted over 100 redevelopment projects that have strengthened area communities.

At Rise we connect key groups working to revitalize communities and neighborhoods in the Greater St. Louis area.

We develop affordable and market-rate housing in partnership with neighborhood stakeholders, particularly in areas where we see the potential to enhance diversity of all types—social, cultural, lifestyle and economic.

Rise History

Rise was formed as Regional Housing Alliance (RHA), a tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation engaged exclusively in providing technical assistance to nonprofit community development organizations in 1989, and became Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance (RHCDA) in 1997 when it combined with Technical Assistance Corporation (TAC), a not-for-profit revitalization-driven real estate developer. RHCDA changed its name to Rise Community Development in 2013, but continues the traditions of both TAC and RHA through its combination of community-based planning and redevelopment and sophisticated level of expertise in structured finance for difficult but strategic real estate development initiatives.