“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 Organizing.
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 1000 families of low income live in the nonprofit’s rental housing. A robust resident services strategy creatively meets resident needs and encourages progress through four Youth Learning Centers, three 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 1,200 caring volunteers to elder or disabled home owners needing home repair help. Community Building & Organizing 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.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Housing Development
Director of Property Management
Director of Home Ownership Preservation
Management Information Systems Director
Resident Services Staff Leader
Board of Directors
Adel S. Elmaghraby, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Computer Engineering and Computer Science
University of Louisville
Community Relationship Manager
Fifth Third Bank
Northern Continental Logistics
President and CEO
Louisville Real Estate Development Co.
Valenti, Hanley & Robinson
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
Area Director Provider Network Operations
Louisville Metro Government Operations
Dr. Tony Newberry
Jefferson Community & Technical College
John C. Pieper
McCauley, Nicolas & Company, LLC
Beth Cress Rose
Real Estate Agent
Milestone Realty Consultants
Director of Maintenance
Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering
Terry Singer, Ph.D.
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville
Executive Asst. to the Chancellor
Ivy Tech Community College
Louis Straub, II
Senior Vice President
Councilman David Tandy
Louisville Metro Government
Strategy and Development
Network Center for Community Change
City Properties Group
Imm. Past President
Vice President, Community Consultant
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