In the 1990s, when the gaming industry was vying for a license to construct an entertainment complex on the Mississippi River at the port in Lemay, a group of Lemay residents and businesspeople were instrumental in requiring the gaming developer to set aside funds for the improvement of housing in Lemay. The St. Louis County Port Authority received $225,000, which became the seed money to start The Housing Partnership. The casino, on the other hand, did not materialize.
The Partnership was incorporated on May 4, 1998, hired its first executive director in the fall of 1998, and received its 501 (c) (3) non-profit classification from the Internal Revenue Service. It was designated a certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Since then, the Partnership has invested millions of dollars back into the Lemay community through its housing programs.
In November 2001, the Partnership was recognized by the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council (now called the East-West Gateway Council of Governments). THP was one of three organizations from throughout the entire metropolitan area to receive the Community Initiative Award for Outstanding Achievement in Local Government. In 2013, THP was approved as a HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Who We Are
THP is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board has at all times at least one third of its membership comprised by low-income or Lemay residents. Additionally, the board includes representatives from the business community, local institutions, and several retired professionals.