Past Projects

Learn about some of the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation’s notable past grant programs and projects.


Spring Creek Nehemiah III Home-ownership

Through Lutheran Housing Support, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod Atlantic District continued to provide key support and leadership in the pioneering Nehemiah Plan that transforms blighted areas into safe, affordable communities.


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Spring Creek is the fourth Nehemiah development in the Brooklyn area — and the latest opportunity for low-income, working families to become first-time homeowners through the church-based program. The new site ultimately will feature 2,100 homes, a new high school, parks, and retail space. The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation provided funding to make possible a $1 million Lutheran Church Extension Fund loan to the East Brooklyn Congregations, which includes St. Peter and Risen Savior Lutheran churches. In the early 1980s, the LCMS stepped up as the first denomination to financially commit to the first Nehemiah effort that dramatically transformed a blighted community and became a model for neighborhood renewal.Participating churches provide a “Church Revolving Loan Fund” at zero percent interest. NHSC provided a grant to the Atlantic District for its interest on the $1 million dollar loan from LCEF. In total, NHSC provided more $100,000 in supporting grant dollars to subsidize this project. Other partners in the loan fund included St Paul Community Baptist Church, East Brooklyn Congregations/Vincentian Religious Order, and others. The first phase of Spring Creek Nehemiah III was built in the Nehemiah housing factory and delivered to site for finishing touches. In Phase 1, 69 Single Family Homes, 29 Two-Family Homes, and 19 Three Family Homes were built. In Nehemiah 2, the average cost of home could be supported by a family of $36,000. For this phase, a family needed an income of $47,000 to support the mortgage of the home. The homes are affordable to the working poor in New York. More than 18,000 individuals and families expressed interest in purchasing a home through this program.



Lutheran Community Outreach Center, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

The Lutheran Community Outreach Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana opened on March 21, 2010. Much needed respite care housing is now available through Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc. to a much under-served population in the Fort Wayne area-the developmentally disabled.


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Respite, a break for caregivers and families, is a service in which temporary care is provided to children or adults with disabilities. The program offered at the Lutheran Outreach Community Center will enable a caregiver to have a time of “respite” without worry.The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation played a key role in this project to offer a unique array of services in partnership with other local Lutheran agencies. This facility brought together partners which include Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, and Lutheran Military Veterans and Families, Inc. Together these agencies work to offer:

  • Respite Care for family members who care for people with disabilities
  • Community Life Programs
  • Employee Support
  • Family Counseling
  • Support Services for Veterans and their families

Throughout this project, NHSC partnered with its partners and distributed more than $340,000 in grants to develop the Lutheran Community Outreach Center. NHSC coordinated the lease on an abandoned building, managing construction needs, securing community service partners and providing funding for rent subsidy and respite care scholarships.

Past Grants

The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation provides support to more than 30 organization every year through its grants program and consulting services. A summary list of the organizations (and the LCMS district in they reside) that have been served only by our grant program is included below. This list does not include the many organizations that have received free consulting services from the corporation.

  • Northern Illinois District (Northern Illinois District, Hillside, IL)
  • Atlantic District (Atlantic District, Bronxville, NY)
  • Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services (National, Washington, D.C.)
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, (Missouri District, St. Louis, MO)
  • Women on Mission – St. Louis (Missouri District, St. Louis, MO)
  • Acts 1:8 Mission Society (Missouri District, St. Louis, MO)
  • Humanitri (Missouri District, St. Louis, MO)
  • Partners in Urban Ministry, (Missouri District, St. Louis, MO)
  • Lutheran Social Services of NV, (California-Nevada-Hawaii District, Las Vegas, NV)
  • St. Peter’s Zion Project, Inc. (Indiana District, Fort Wayne, IN)
  • 1 by Youth and St. Paul Lutheran Church (Missouri District, St. Louis, MO)
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Indiana District, Fort Wayne, IN)
  • Pathfinders Community Connection (Indiana District, Fort Wayne, IN)
  • East Brooklyn Congregations (Atlantic District, Brooklyn, NY)
  • SEMCORC/Charity Lutheran Church (Michigan District, Detroit, MI)
  • Faith Lutheran Church (Michigan District, Grand Blanc, MI)
  • Lutheran Social Services of the South (Texas District, Austin, TX)
  • Bethesda Lutheran Communities (Indiana District, Fort Wayne, IN)
  • Metro IAF/Westchester United (Atlantic District, Rego Park)
  • Empowered Queens United in Action and Leadership (EQUAL) (Atlantic District, Rego Park, NY)
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church (Iowa West District, Sioux City, IA)
  • Christ Lutheran Church (Florida/Georgia District, East Point, GA)
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church (Michigan District, Caro, MI)
  • Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center (Eastern District, Angola, NY)
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Southeastern District, Asheville, NC)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church (Southeastern District, Richmond, VA)
  • Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (Indiana District, Fort Wayne, IN)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church/Caring Ministries for the City (Missouri District, St. Louis, MO)
  • Christ Assembly Lutheran Church/Community Capital Advisors (Eastern District, Philadelphia, PA)