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 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. 

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

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Executive Staff

Lori Hudson Flanery
President and CEO

Kitty McKune
Chief Revitalization Officer/General Counsel

Bridgette Johnson
Chief Operating Officer

Leah Driver
Chief Financial Officer

John Beran
Chief Strategy Officer

Senior Staff

Marshall Anderson
Director of Information Technology

David Snyder
Director of Development
George Sanders
Director of Home Ownership Preservation

Board of Directors

Anitra Durand Allen
Founding Editor
The Mom on the Move Blog

Ed Blayney
Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation                                            Louisville Metro Government

Ben Brown
Facility Personnel Manager          Michelin North America

Heather M. Dearing
Campaign Manager
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

Jackie Floyd
Neighborhood Liaison                          Center for Neighborhoods

Darrell Fuller                                            Vice President Group Services NetLaw

Adam Hall
Vice Chairperson                                        Community Development Relationship Manager Fifth Third Bank

Trinidad Jackson
Senior Research Associate
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
University of Louisville

Jennifer Jenkins
Director of Advertising
The Record Newspaper

Hannah Jezreel
Director of Marketing and Communication Strategy
Kertis Creative


Jason Knoy
Sr. Analyst
Energy Efficiency Planning and Development

Kurt D. Mason                                        Urban Conservationist for Kentucky USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Morgan McGarvey
Kentucky State Senator
19th Senate District
Member, Morgan & Pottinger

Sheri Rose, M.Ed.                                       Chief Executive Officer                                The Thrive Center  

Elizabeth Stith
Immediate Past Chairperson               
Community Volunteer

Greg Theil
Senior Project Manager
Messer Construction Company

Christopher Tompkins
Board Treasurer Strategic Consultant
Humana Pharmacy Solutions

Rita J. Ward

Joshua Watkins
Real Estate Coordinator
Develop Louisville -- Louisville Forward Louisville Metro Government

Zach Wedding
Gant Hill & Associates, LLC

Faith Weekly
Community Development Advisor for Neighborhoods and Housing
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Louisville Branch


PDFs of Quarterly Newsletters

Winter 2014 (January, February and March 2014)

Spring 2014 (April, May and June, 2014)

Annual Reports

PDFs of the 2005 - 2017 Annual Reports


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