NHS was founded in 1974 by Evan Allen, Mary Hood, Robert Curry, and Robert Downs as a nonprofit community development corporation (CDC). From the very early days, the board of directors has been a mix of community and business leaders, city officials, and neighborhood residents. From 1974 – 2013, there have been fourteen different Chairs: both men and women. To this day, many of the past board members continue to live and remain actively involved in our core neighborhoods.
This board mix gives NHS the distinct advantage over many other CDCs. A long history with banks and insurance companies, as well as the City of Kansas City, has given NHS the ability to continue the neighborhood redevelopment efforts to this day. There were times when challenges threatened to close the doors. In 2000, Executive Director Mike Clarke was brought on board at a very pivotal time when financial conditions of the organization were bleak. NHS was at a point where the doors could easily have closed for good. His leadership turned the organization around and paved the way for the success it has today.
Currently, under the direction of Turner Pettway, President/CEO, NHS enjoys a strong working relationship with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, many businesses, and several neighborhoods in the urban core. NHS is a designated and recognized community development corporation (CDC) by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and a Community Housing and Development Organization (CHDO) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 1997, NHS became a chartered NeighborWorks® Organization (NWO) in connection with NeighborWorks® America’s national network of neighborhood-based affiliates. and in 2011 became a certified NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center, the only one in a 400-mile radius.