Sustainable Housing & Equitable Development

Building Stable Foundations for Accessible and Inclusive Communities

SHED Offers New Home Ownership Education Series

In today’s market, owning a home can be just as affordable as renting. Would you rather pay yourself instead of a landlord? Are you wondering if you can get approved for a mortgage? Would you like to know what first-time homebuyer programs are available?

Beginning in June, SHED and its financial partners are bringing back their popular four-part education series on home ownership. The first virtual session, “How to Financially Prepare For a Home,” will take place via Zoom on June 20, 2024, and will feature Dino Willis from Guild Mortgage. During the session, he’ll tackle questions like:

  • “Is buying as affordable as renting?”
  • “How can homeownership build personal wealth?
  • What programs are available to assist in purchasing a home?
For more information, please call 314-7827433 or click below to register. Or click here for recaps and videos of all four sessions from last year’s series.

Our Mission

SHED (Sustainable Housing & Equitable Development) serves University City residents by providing volunteer-driven home maintenance support, home repair funding, affordable housing development, community planning, and workforce development training.

Our Programs

Volunteer Home Maintenance Program

SHED acts as coordinator and leader of volunteer activities to assist residents with exterior home maintenance, including painting, yard work, and repairs.

Home Rehab Program

The program will perform more substantial exterior and interior rehab & maintenance, involving community youth for hands-on experience in construction and landscaping.

Youth Career Development

Students will be offered career pathways in the construction/landscaping trades through in-class, volunteer, and paid employment opportunities.

Delivering help and hope to University City

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Who we are

SHED works to strengthen housing equity for low- to moderate-income residents of University City.

We partner with local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, city government, the school district, and other area service providers.

Our vision is to strengthen 3rd Ward neighborhoods through home ownership, access to affordable housing, and career pathways for local youth.

NEW: Our 2021 Annual Report

READ: Our 3-year strategic plan

SHED News & Updates

SHED Hosts Successful Housing Fair & Seminar

On April 6, SHED hosted its first annual Housing Fair & Seminar. The half-day conference was held at University City High School and featured informative sessions aimed at helping new and existing homeowners:

  • Discover Buying Programs: Explore on-site pre-qualifications for financing and meet with lenders to find out which buying programs you are eligible for. 
  • Build or Repair Credit: Obtain a free credit report and learn how to build your credit score or repair your credit.
  • Increase Home Value: Learn about home energy efficiency and repair programs and what improvements provide the best ROI for home value.
  • Plan An Estate: Talk one-on-one with an attorney to learn how best to leave your property to others and create generational wealth.

SHED Featured In St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The carpenters at the job site wield circular saws and nail guns, wearing steel-toed boots, tool belts and safety goggles. They look like a professional construction crew, but they’re University City High School students working for credit. Read More…

Read Our Annual Report is Out

What an incredible year 2021 was for SHED! Not only were twice as many homes serviced this year as last, but we reached an exciting milestone: 500 U City residents served since our inception in 2009! Read More…

SHED Featured In UCity Pride

When He Started His Sophomore Year At University City High School, Da’Shaun Calicutt Knew That College Was Not For Him. It Was A Confusing Time As He Went To School Uncertain About Why He Was There And His Future. Read More…