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ARCHS Invests in Housing & Jobs

ARCHS has issued $9 million to support housing and workforce development initiatives across the region. ARCHS provided grants to the following organizations:

-Better Family Life
-Bridging Families to Communities & Beyond
-Employment Connection
-Fathers & Families Support Center
-Habitat for Humanity
-Housing Options Provided for the Elderly
-Living with Purpose
-Mission: St. Louis
-St. Louis Agency on Training & Development
-Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

ARCHS secured its funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services. ARCHS’ funded partners will provide additional leveraged/in-kind support to further advance the ARCHS’ funded programs.

Services available through ARCHS’ funded programs include new home construction/repair, senior housing support, case management, soft skills and job readiness training, life counseling and employment skills training, cultural enrichment, pre-apprenticeships, certifications in high demand industries, transportation, uniforms, childcare, utility assistance, assistance for court referred non-custodial parents, and additional wrap around support services.

ARCHS Addresses Gun Violence

ARCHS has issued $1 million to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis (UL) to further the success of the Serving Our Streets program (SOS), aimed at intervening and preventing violent gun confrontations.

The program was created in 2020 to address the chronic gun violence plaquing the St. Louis region. UL responds to information given to them by neighborhood residents, or who call a hotline with knowledge of gun violence confrontations.

This is the third grant cycle ARCHS has provided funded and strategic support for the program that has served more than 8,500 participants. Since 2020, the program has intervened to de-escalate 207 conflicts, all within 72 hours. On average, 98% of participants did not engage in violent crimes while in the program during a six month follow up period. In addition to the de-escalation efforts, the program provides extensive wrap around education, employment, health, legal, safety, and social services.

ARCHS secured its funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services. UL provides additional leveraged/in-kind support to further advance the ARCHS funded program. SOS focuses on the three St. Louis neighborhoods:

-Hyde Park: A historic North St. Louis neighborhood, bound by Ferry to the North, I-70 to the east, Palm Street and Natural Bridge Avenue to the south, and Glasgow to the west.
-Jeff-Vander-Lou: Situated between North Vandeventer Avenue on the northwest, Natural Bridge Avenue on the northeast, North Jefferson Avenue on the east, Delmar Boulevard on the south, and North Compton Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive on the southwest.
-Kingsway East: Defined by Natural Bridge on the north, Martin Luther King on the south, Marcus Avenue on the east, and Kingshighway on the west.

State Site Visits & Audits

In January 2023 the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) conducted a site visit of ARCHS' funded Bridging Families to Communities and Beyond's Youth Build program. DSS staff heard first-hand testimonials from program participants. They expressed their appreciation for the experience and knowledge gained through the life skills and job training program. DSS frequently asks ARCHS to provide site visit opportunities to get real-time feedback into programs being strategically supported by ARCHS funded partners. Additionally, DSS and other funders conduct program and finanical audits of ARCHS' funded programs. Recently ARCHS successfully completed audits of programs provided by Better Family Life and the Neighborhood Healing Network. ARCHS is directly responsible to the state to ensure ARCHS and its funded partners are adhering to complex federal and state guidelines. Through ARCHS' strategic grant management system, it can assure the state it has the data and reports to track program objectives and outcomes.

ARCHS Summer 2023 Youth Program Application

ARCHS is seeking funding proposals from service organizations that deliver summer programs and camps for school age youth (5-16 years old). For those interested in applying for summer funds for FY 2023, please note that the funding period is from May 1 - June 30, 2023. This means that any services billed after June 30th, 2023 will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Before submitting your proposal please note the following criteria:
-ARCHS’ funding is intended to serve students in under resourced families (i.e. those
living at or below federal poverty levels, families that would be eligible for free and
reduced lunch programs)
-Students that are supported by ARCHS funds must receive services at no cost (for
ARCHS’ funded programs)
-Programs will be required to serve a minimum of 20 students to be eligible for funding
-Programs must be licensed or obtain license exemption status for the summer prior to
the start of the program

Applications will be due by February, 23, 2023 at 5 p.m. Late submissions will not be considered.
Application processes closed.

ARCHS Spring/Summer 2023 Enrichment Program Application

ARCHS is seeking funding proposals from service organizations that deliver enrichment programming to youth in grades K-12. Enrichment programming will be delivered in partnership with ARCHS existing funded partners to supplement their afterschool and summer programs. Proposals submitted for standalone community-based programs will not be considered at this time.

ARCHS is seeking proposals for the spring semester of the 2022-2023 school year to support afterschool programs (February-May 2022) and to support youth development summer programs (May 1st- June 30, 2022). Enrichment programs generally tend to focus on one or more of the following areas and can be offered in a single session or multiple sessions over a span of several weeks:

-Mental Health
-Education (Health, Literacy, Career, STEM, etc.)
-Creative Arts/Expression
-Social Emotional Skill Building
-Physical Health and Wellness

Applications for both spring and summer will be due by January 6, 2023 at 5 p.m. Late submissions will not be considered.

Application closed.

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