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When it comes to LCMS National Housing Support Corporation (NHSC), expertise and technical assistance comes in many forms, and the results for our partners is funding and other resources to bring their projects to realization.

“May God be praised and celebrated for all of NHSC’s work and your blessedness. You bring hope to an aspiring Lansdowne Community Initiative (LCI) in East St Louis. This marks only the continuation of what God is about to do in East St. Louis. God be praised for NHSC!”

Pastor Willie Stallworth, Pastor of Unity Lutheran Church and President of LCI. Pr. Stallworth’s vision for his neighborhood includes a critical home repair program for homeowners patterned after NHSC’s Helping Hand Initiative. LCI and Unity received a Helping Hand Initiative grant from NHSC in 2016, but needed additional funding to continue the program in the spring and summer of 2018.

Good news! Thanks to grant-writing assistance provided by NHSC, in September, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis approved LCI’s grant application and in early November 2017, LCEF announced that Unity Lutheran Church received an additional award from the Kaleidoscope Fund to bring the total to $100,000 of funding available.

While many see an abandoned and crumbling school building, a pastor in one north St. Louis neighborhood sees ministry opportunities. The scale of the project requires a team that includes a developer with the ability to take on a multi-million dollar renovation project and financing that includes a variety of tax credits and traditional permanent financing.
Over a period of years, NHSC’s staff and partners have helped the pastor and congregational leaders navigate the myriad of processes necessary, including the all-important application for construction financing, and after nearly two and a half years the project is approaching the day when construction can begin.

In response to their Strategic Ministry Plan and a recent Gospel Seeds outreach event, pastors and congregational leaders in one Ft. Wayne (Indiana) congregation see the need for more outreach to their neighborhood. Their target audience includes homeowners who require help with critical home repairs. While NHSC’s Helping Hand Initiative is a perfect fit, the congregation required grant writing services to help secure the necessary funding.

Working with NHSC’s staff, pastors and congregational leaders have developed a plan of action and are ready to submit a grant that will fund the Helping Hand Initiative as well as build the congregation’s capacity for outreach in its own neighborhood.

Another partner in St. Louis owns a multi-unit apartment building that it uses as a part of its Transformational Housing ministry for families experiencing homelessness. The four-unit building requires extensive repairs, the cost of which are well beyond funds available on hand at the agency. Working with our partners and drawing on years of expertise, NHSC helped Humanitri submit a grant for $650,000 that will fund renovations and stabilize the units for at least another 15 years.

From securing grant funding, navigating complex financing applications, providing access to NHSC’s established partnerships, building diverse development teams, to preparing plans of action, NHSC is helping its partners transform lives and neighborhoods.

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