“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 supports neighborhoods, families and individuals. 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 over 1,000 families live in the nonprofit’s rental housing.
We believe that the foundation of community is supporting each other and working together towards success. Our Resident Services program allows over 2,000 residents in our affordable housing (and the surrounding community!) to work one-on-one with staff in areas that support our four pillars of service: education, financial empowerment, healthcare provision and sustainability.
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.
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Lori Hudson Flanery
President and CEO
Chief Revitalization Officer/General Counsel
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Strategy Officer
Director of Information Technology
Director of Development
Director of Home Ownership Preservation
Board of Directors
Anitra Durand Allen
The Mom on the Move Blog
Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation Louisville Metro Government
Facility Personnel Manager Michelin North America
Heather M. Dearing
Yarmuth for Congress
Adel S. Elmaghraby, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Computer Engineering and Computer Science University of Louisville
Rosetta Fackler Board Chairperson
Master Gardener Community Volunteer
Neighborhood Liaison Center for Neighborhoods
Darrell Fuller Vice President Group Services NetLaw
Vice Chairperson Community Development Relationship Manager Fifth Third Bank
Senior Research Associate
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
University of Louisville
Director of Advertising
The Record Newspaper
Director of Marketing and Communication Strategy
Energy Efficiency Planning and Development
LG&E and KU LLC
Kurt D. Mason Urban Conservationist for Kentucky USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Kentucky State Senator
19th Senate District
Member, Morgan & Pottinger
Sheri Rose, M.Ed. Chief Executive Officer The Thrive Center
Immediate Past Chairperson
Senior Project Manager
Messer Construction Company
Board Treasurer Strategic Consultant
Humana Pharmacy Solutions
Rita J. Ward
Real Estate Coordinator
Develop Louisville -- Louisville Forward Louisville Metro Government
Gant Hill & Associates, LLC
Community Development Advisor for Neighborhoods and Housing
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Louisville Branch