Since its inception in 1975, Beyond Housing has sought to provide the supports and services that assisted low-income families in growing into their long-term goals. Beyond Housing has met the challenge of evolving to incorporate the changing needs of families, communities and the 21st century workplace. While identifying and addressing immediate needs to establish stability, families are also engaged in a comprehensive array of services that produce positive long-term outcomes.
Our mission is to help entire communities become better places to live. We exist because home matters. We began with actual houses and housing preservation, focusing on quality and stability to give people a place to start. But, there is more to a home than the house. Home is about the life that happens in and around the house as well as the life that fuels and draws out the best of the people within it.
Beyond Housing is a community development organization that works in defined geographies like the Normandy School District in order to focus our resources where we can have the greatest impact.
While most organizations focus on one, maybe two, impact areas within a community, we understand that, in order to have a real impact, we must focus on all of the areas that make up a thriving community-housing, education, health, job readiness/access and economic development.
Beyond Housing is a member of the NeighborWorks® Network, a national network of community-based organizations that improves and strengthens communities through cooperative efforts with residents, business people, government officials, and other partners.
Recognition and Awards
We have been recognized on a local, national, and international level for our unique and successful approach to meeting the needs of low-income families and communities. Awards have been presented by the United Nations, Metropolitan Life Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Mortgage Bankers Association, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, Missouri Bar Association, FOCUS St. Louis, East-West Gateway Coordinating Council, and the Ethical Society.
Mostly recently, Beyond Housing was cited in Building Neighborhoods of Opportunity, the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Report of July, 2011, for “developing strategic and accountable partnerships” in the 24:1 Community Development Plan. Beyond Housing, along with the mayors of the 24:1, was also honored to receive the 2012 St. Louis County Municipal League Creative Collaboration Award.