BHCS has impacted the lives of thousands of urban residents, including children, youth, adults and seniors, in meaningful and empowering ways through numerous housing, education and community development initiatives.

Housing

  •  Affordable Homes (Since 1974) – BHCS has demonstrated leadership in creating affordable housing opportunities in urban neighborhoods by completing more than 960 units during the past 33 years.
  • Transitional Housing (1984) – In partnership with the Rose Brooks Center, BHCS commenced a housing project to support the housing needs of victims of domestic violence. BHCS completed nine housing units for families in transition in 1984.
  • State and National Recognition (1996-1998) – BHCS received the Governor’s Award for the development of affordable housing in the non-profit sector, and the Federal Housing Commissioner’s Certificate of Special Recognition from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It also received the Urban Design Award, Maxwell Award for Excellence in Housing from the Fannie Mae Foundation, and the Cornerstone Award from the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation.
  • Local Recognition – BHCS received the Southtown Council Beautification Award in 1998 and 2007.

 

Education

  • Title I (1977 to 2003) – The U.S. Department of Education contracted with BHCS to provide remedial reading and math instruction to children in nonpublic schools in four cities in Missouri. BHCS was the first bypass contract in the nation. In 1979, BHCS was awarded a contract to administer Title I resources in Virginia. Services offered through Title I resulted in significant increases in students’ achievement on standardized tests.
  • Title V, Part A (Since 1983) – BHCS has effectively administered education funds provided by the U.S. Department of Education for Chapter 2, Title VI and Title V, Part A programs that have impacted more than 92,000 students at 440 nonpublic schools throughout Missouri.
  • School Renovation Program (2002 to 2003) – BHCS administered program activities for renovation of 15 urban nonpublic elementary and secondary schools in St. Louis, MO, during the 2002-03 school year. To qualify, the schools demonstrated a poverty index of at least 40 percent. School renovation included asbestos abatement and removal in 11 schools, and modification of facilities, including outside ramps, inside lifts and handicapped accessible bathrooms. These crucial improvements made it possible for schools to operate at optimum levels by advancing accessibility of school facilities and ensuring the health and safety of students and staff.

 

Community Development

 

  • Community organizing – BHCS organized more than 70 block clubs that provide residents with information on housing, mortgages, insurance and other important neighborhood issues.
  • East Meyer Community Association (1977) – BHCS helped form EMCA and the Blue Hills Community Association.
  • Southtown Council (1979) – BHCS helped form and provided management assistance for the Southtown Council, an effective economic development organization serving south-central Kansas City.
  • Save Our Streets (1979-1982) – BHCS developed this model crime prevention program that included youth and senior components.