Merger plans for St. Paul nonprofits Community NHS and Greater Frogtown CDC

Two St. Paul nonprofits — Community Neighborhood Housing Services (Community NHS) and Greater Frogtown Community Development Corp. (GFCDC) — will merge this fall and operate under a new name, NeighborWorks Home Partners.

Community NHS works on on foreclosure prevention, home improvement loans and new-homeowner education.

Greater Frogtown CDC addresses housing problems and has brought $50 million in investment in home improvement loans and grants, single-family housing development, affordable rental housing and multi-family housing to the area since 1995.

Both groups will maintain their office locations and staff. Announcing the change, organizers said the merger will strengthen the organizations and increase services for residents of the Frogtown area of St. Paul and the metro area.

Ramsey County Commissioner Janice Rettman gave her imprimatur to the merger: “Greater Frogtown CDC’s success is the collective commitment that Frogtown residents are the key decision makers. The dedicated staff carries the message one-on-one assuring Frogtown’s resilient historic tapestry of housing and housing improvements continue.”

And St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao said: “I am excited by the fact we continue to make progress under stressful economic downturn and small businesses that were uprooted by construction of the Green Line. There is much work left to do toward full recovery, but we wouldn’t be here without the support of Frogtown CDC, and all of its partner organizations.”

The combined entity will be associated with the national NeighborWorks organization, which has 235 local affiliates.

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