“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.
New Directions Housing Corporation develops and maintains affordable housing and vital communities in partnership with neighborhoods and other stakeholders.
Caring neighbors building community.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
Chief Financial Officer
General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Real Estate Development
Executive Vice President, Property Management
Director, Information Technology
Amanda Sneed, MSSW
Director, Resident Services
Board of Directors
Service Department Associate
Asst. Superintendent, Curriculum Instruction, Jefferson County Public Schools
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
Community Development Relationship Manager
Fifth Third Bank
Chief Operating Officer
Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education, District 3 Owner, Horne Title
Director of Advertising
The Record Newspaper
Energy Efficiency Planning and Development
LG&E and KU LLC
Sharon Landrum President/Broker
Sharon Landrum Realty, Inc.
UPS Airlines - Worldport
Air District Engineering Manager
Director Pricing, GE Appliances
John C. Pieper
Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP
Historic Preservation Architect
Associate Relationship Manager
PNC Financial Services Group
Senior Project Manager
Messer Construction Company
Humana Pharmacy Solutions
Immediate Past President
City Properties Group