YourSTLCourts Partners with REJIS to Expand Access to Case Information

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YourSTLCourts Partners with REJIS to Expand Access to Case Information

YourSTLCourts is a Roadmap for People to Navigate Municipal Court

St. Louis, January 18, 2018—Eight months after piloting YourSTLCourts.com with unincorporated St. Louis County, local nonprofits Rise Community Development and CivTech St. Louis have partnered with REJIS (Regional Justice Information Service) to expand easy access to personal traffic ticket information via this free, digital tool.

With this new partnership, YourSTLCourts can service 30 municipalities within St. Louis County and St. Louis City, representing nearly 75 percent of residents. It also brings together more independent municipal court databases than anywhere else in the country.

“We are glad to see more-and-more municipal courts in St. Louis County working with YourSTLCourts to get more information to those who are involved with their municipal court,” said Hon. Douglas R. Beach, St. Louis County 21st Circuit Presiding Judge.

YourSTLCourts puts municipal court records into one, no-cost, mobile-friendly, online portal where people can easily access their ticket information and outstanding warrants, as well as court contacts,  information and procedures. The program also includes a text-message notification system to remind people of upcoming court dates.

With a better understanding of their rights, municipal court users are empowered to keep minor offenses from escalating unnecessarily. Additionally, municipal courts are given tools to improve transparency and accessibility.

“REJIS is proud to partner with homegrown startup CivTech St. Louis and the courts we serve to provide a one-stop shop for defendants caught in a tough-to-navigate system,” said former St. Louis City Police Chief and current REJIS General Manager Dan Isom.

“We have come so far since the prototypes for YourSTLCourts were developed at GlobalHack in 2015,” said CivTech St. Louis President Laura Kinsell-Baer. “With the addition of REJIS, nearly 75% of all St. Louis City and County residents have access to this powerful, online tool. Our team is confident we will hit 100% as we continue building a more equitable society through civic technology.”

In 2015, Living Cities awarded Rise, in partnership with St. Louis County, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant to create CivTech St. Louis (formerly St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative) with three goals: improve the experience that low-income people have with the municipal courts, lower the outstanding warrant rate and decrease incarceration as a result of traffic violations. CivTech St. Louis developed YourSTLCourts to serve residents and help courts comply with legislation passed by the Missouri Supreme Court in 2016, which imposed minimum operating standards. In August 2017, CivTech St. Louis became a standalone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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About Rise Community Development

Rise (www.risestl.org) is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis-area neighborhoods. As a community lender, Rise develops affordable and market-rate housing, particularly in neighborhoods with the potential to enhance economic diversity. Rise also provides capacity-building and technical assistance to community-based development organizations. Additionally, the organization maintains a variety of data and mapping for areas throughout the region and assists in the collection and creation of data specific to developments and neighborhoods.

About CivTech St. Louis

YourSTLCourts (www.YourSTLCourts.com) is a product of CivTech St. Louis (formerly St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative), a nonprofit organization and the local affiliate of the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative. The national collaborative is a joint project of Living Cities, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership and Code for America. It is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

 

Learn more about which municipalities are currently partnering with YourSTLCourts at www.civtechstl.com/ystlcp

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Statement from Rise – MHDC Withholds Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

November 17, 2017

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his allies moved to withhold state low-income housing tax credits this year. The vote came at the Missouri Housing Development Commission in Columbia today.

Rise’s President, Stephen Acree, has released an official statement concerning the decision:

This morning the Missouri Housing Development Commission voted to strip State Low Income Housing Tax Credits from its annual funding plan for 2018. By orchestrating this vote, the Governor is attempting to use the Commission to administratively overrule the will of the legislature. Sadly, low-income Missourians will suffer from this callous act.  There are tens of thousands of people on housing waiting lists across the state.  By thwarting the will of the legislature to withhold these resources, seniors, homeless veterans and people with special needs will spend another winter out in the cold, in shelters, or doubled-up with whoever might take them in. All because of political gamesmanship.

The funding plan, called the Qualified Allocation Plan, now goes out for public comment. We urge all concerned citizens to speak out. We hope that MHDC will respond to the calls of those most affected and the legislature and do the right thing when the plan goes back to them for approval in December.

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4th Annual Rise Up Festival – Celebrating Revitalization in St. Louis!

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Larry Perlmutter, Rise Communications and Development Manager

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4th Annual Rise Up Festival – Celebrating Revitalization in St. Louis!

ST. LOUIS, Washington Avenue Historic District – June 20, 2016- Rise is proud to announce our fourth annual Rise Up Festival taking place on August 20th, 2016 in the city of St. Louis on Washington Avenue, from 15th Street to 17th Street. The festivities will start up at 2 PM and continue on into the evening until 11 PM, remaining free for all to attend!

Rise’s mission is to partner with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis neighborhoods. The Rise Up Festival is a one-day street event that brings together art, music, local business, and other key elements that play a part in community building in order to celebrate revitalization in St. Louis.

A wide variety of musical performances will take place at the festival, including The Original Wailers (Reggae), Platinum Rock Legends (Rock), Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor (Blues), and Dr. Zhivegas (Dance Music). With the broad range of genres, there will be something for everyone at the festival!

Emerging artists will attend, displaying their work and participating in a competition managed by Cultural Festivals (founders and managers of the St. Louis Art Fair). Local artisan food and craft vendor booths will be present at the festival as well.

Local restaurateurs will be providing a generous sampling of food and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company will provide the microbrew. Other attractions at the festival include a Kids Carnival and Circus Area including face painting, games, and juggling.  Fun for all ages is offered at the Rise Up Festival!

We are excited to announce the National Blues Museum (NBM) as our Blues partner for 2016. NBM will sponsor Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor and will have a strong presence at the festival promoting the rich heritage of Blues.

“We’re so excited to have the opportunity to partner with an organization that is just as passionate about music, art and culture in St. Louis as we are,” said Dion Brown, Executive Director of the National Blues Museum. “The National Blues Museum just opened in April and to be able to help promote the blues at the Rise Up Festival is just an example of the programming we hope to accomplish.”

About Rise (www.risestl.org) Rise is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis area neighborhoods.  Rise develops both affordable and market-rate housing, particularly in neighborhoods with the potential to enhance economic diversity.  Rise has developed or assisted in $700 million in neighborhood redevelopment in the St. Louis area. Rise flourishes at the intersections of public, private and non-profit sectors, enhancing the quality of life in St. Louis.

For more information about the Rise Up Festival, please visit: riseupfestival.org

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Rise Accepts Affordable Housing Champion Award for Emerald Ridge Development

March 29, 2016–On behalf of Emerald Ridge, Rise and the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA) accepted the 2016 Wyvetter H. Young Award in recognition of innovation and excellence in affordable housing at the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago.  The event is co-hosted by the Illinois Housing Council and Illinois Housing Development Authority.

Rise Community Development developed Emerald Ridge in partnership with the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA).  The grand opening for Emerald Ridge was held on April 20, 2015.  The redevelopment consists of 46 new single-family homes, with the majority of the homes occupied by existing neighborhood residents.  The new single-family homes are affordable to families earning 60% of the Area Median Income, which includes nearly two-thirds of the residents of East Alton.

“This is an acknowledgment of a remarkable collaborative effort,” said Stephen Acree, President of Rise.  “We share a sense of pride and accomplishment for this award but the most significant accomplishment is the transformation to this area of East Alton.”

Every year the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing awards three Affordable Housing Champion Awards for distinguished developments, initiatives or programs in affordable housing.  These nominees stand out for their commitment to serving the Annual Comprehensive Housing Plan focus areas and one or more of the State’s Priority Populations, and for having positive impacts on the community in which they are located.

About Rise (www.risestl.org) Rise is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis area neighborhoods.  Rise develops both affordable and market-rate housing, particularly in neighborhoods with the potential to enhance economic diversity.  Rise has developed or assisted in over $675 million in neighborhood redevelopment in the St. Louis area.

About the Illinois Housing Council (www.ilhousing.org) Founded in 2002, the Illinois Housing Council (IHC), a statewide non-profit organization, was created to promote the stabilization of Illinois communities through the construction and preservation of affordable housing.  IHC is comprised of industry leaders committed to advancing our mission through education, information and constructive relationships with local, state and federal officials.

About the Illinois Housing Development Authority (www.ihda.org) The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) creates opportunities for Illinois residents to build stronger futures. IHDA programs offer buyers and renters real options to make housing affordable.

About the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (www.swida.org) The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA) is Southwestern Illinois’ hands-on regional economic development authority.  Through its partnerships with parties in the public and private sectors, the organization works to jumpstart investments in St. Louis’ Metro East region, helping to take plans off the drawing board and turn them into bricks and mortar.

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