Who we are…
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has been involved in the work of housing and community development for the last 150 years. In that time, Lutheran churches and service organizations have been integral to the development of hundreds of millions of dollars in affordable housing and the creation of homes for tens of thousands of people. In 2006, the LCMS launched the National Housing Support Corporation (dba Lutheran Housing Support) to build a central repository for partner relationships and funding opportunities that would support local congregations and RSOs across the United States. In the last six years, Lutheran Housing Support (LHS) has delivered a wide variety of resources and technical services to dozens of LCMS organizations. A few key achievements from LHS’ work over this time period include:
- The provision of thousands of hours of technical assistance in dozens of communities, located in more than sixteen states.
- The training of dozens of LCMS pastors and congregants regarding community development and community organization work.
- The allocation of more than $750,000, to date, in community development grants to local congregations and RSOs.
- The reception of more than $5.8 million in support to fund affordable housing and community development projects across the United States.
- The development of relationships with major national training, financial, and service partners.
- The creation of a fundraising platform to support housing projects among local LCMS groups.
LHS is an incredible resource for communities in which LCMS congregations are actively engaged and it brings a broad variety of relationships, technical expertise, and financial resources to support local efforts to transform neighborhoods across the United States.