Our Story


“I don’t know what we do, but we have to find a new direction.”  This call to action begins our story, when in 1969, Father Ben O’Connor ended a verbal account of his neighborhood’s challenges with this declaration.

New Directions Housing Corporation was born from the ecumenical efforts led by Father O’Connor at his parish, Saint William Church, a Roman Catholic congregation located at 13th and Oak Streets in Louisville, Kentucky.  From this declaration came an organization, incorporated as a nonprofit in 1971, which has evolved into a tri-county service agency offering excellence in Real Estate Development, Asset and Property Management, Resident Services, Home Ownership Preservation, and Community Building and Engagement.


New Directions Housing Corporation serves Jefferson County, Kentucky, and Floyd and Clark counties in Southern Indiana.  Its nonprofit community development strategies provide much-needed housing development, and today nearly 1,000 families of low income live in the nonprofit’s rental housing.  A robust resident services strategy creatively meets resident needs and encourages progress through five Youth Learning Centers, four Lifelong Learning Centers and its homeless shelter, Heverin House, one of our nation’s first established transitional shelters designed to serve single-parent families moving toward permanent housing.  The agency’s follow up strategy further supports shelter graduates to ensure that permanent housing is attained and sustained. 

In addition, New Directions delivers the region’s most comprehensive efforts in Home Ownership Preservation, including the volunteer-driven Repair Affair which annually links over 1,500 caring volunteers to elder or disabled home owners needing home repair help.  Community Building & Engagement initiatives include The Neighborhood Roundtable, our board’s advisory group comprised of grassroots leaders and neighborhood association members. 

New Directions is a member agency of Metro United Way and NeighborWorks®America, and is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.

Our Mission

New Directions Housing Corporation develops and maintains affordable housing and vital communities in partnership with neighborhoods and other stakeholders.

Our Vision

Caring neighbors building community.




Executive Staff

Lori Hudson Flanery
President and CEO

Kitty McKune
Executive Vice President,                 Development/General Counsel          

Gerald Tyrrell 
Chief Financial Officer

Bridgette Johnson
Executive Vice President,                 Property Management


Senior Staff

Marshall Anderson
Director, Information Technology

Ashley L. Cassetty
Director of Community & Donor Engagement

Amanda Sneed, MSSW
Director, Resident Services

Board of Directors

Art Baltes
Executive Committee
Community Volunteer

Karen Branham
Asst. Superintendent, Curriculum Instruction, Jefferson County Public Schools

Bryan Burns
Research Assistant, Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville

Adel S. Elmaghraby, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Computer Engineering and Computer Science University of Louisville

Rosetta Fackler                                   Vice Chairperson
Community Volunteer

Nancy Fox
Community Volunteer

Gary Grieshaber
Community Volunteer

Adam Hall
Community Development Relationship Manager
Fifth Third Bank

Todd Harrett

Stephanie Horne
Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education, District 3                           Owner, Horne Title

Jennifer Jenkins
Director of Advertising
The Record Newspaper


Jason Knoy
Sr. Analyst
Energy Efficiency Planning and Development

Rob Lewandowski
Director of Engineering                        UPS Airlines

Linda Onnen
Director Pricing, GE Appliances

John C. Pieper
Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP

Christopher Quirk
Period Architecture

James Ritter                               Associate Relationship Manager     Public Finance                                       PNC Financial Services Group

Jim Stammerman
Community Volunteer

Elizabeth Stith
Immediate Past Chairperson               
Community Volunteer

Greg Theil
Senior Project Manager
Messer Construction Company

Christopher Tompkins
Strategic Consultant
Humana Pharmacy Solutions


PDFs of Quarterly Newsletters

Winter 2014 (January, February and March 2014)

Spring 2014 (April, May and June, 2014)

Annual Reports

PDFs of the 2005 - 2011 Annual Reports



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