Excellence in Community Building: Lemay Housing Partnership

Congratulations to Lemay Housing Partnership, winner of our 2017 Award for Excellence in Community Building!

Reginald Scott, Executive Director of Lemay Housing Partnership, Inc.

Reginald Scott, Executive Director of Lemay Housing Partnership, Inc.

CBN’s Award for Excellence in Community Building recognizes a CBN member who:

  • Demonstrates excellence in multi-year, place-based, collaborative, comprehensive community building based on strong community engagement.

  • Uses data and evaluation to achieve maximum impact in their efforts.

  • Is a full CBN member.

Lemay Housing Partnership (LHP) has served the Lemay community in St. Louis County since 1998. As a certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) and U.S. Housing Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-Certified Housing Counseling Agency, LHP provides homebuyer training and counseling, home repair financial assistance through forgivable loans, and downpayment and closing cost assistance as a participant in St. Louis County’s HOME Consortium First Home Program. LHP has also spearheaded the development of more than fifty new construction and moderately rehabbed homes and the demolition of derelict and vacant properties.

LHP has set an impressive standard for community building in Lemay. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors, at least one-third of which is comprised of low-income or Lemay residents at all times. As LHP works to revitalize Lemay, it follows a community plan based on extensive community engagement, pursuing projects and programs as part of a comprehensive vision for the community. Since Lemay (as a Census Designated Place) does not have its own municipal government, LHP—along with Lemay Development Corporation—serves as a trusted partner in representing the interests of area residents and businesses. With the help of the St. Louis County Economic Partnership and many other partners, LHP has played a crucial role in stabilizing the Lemay community.