NDS Company Narrative
Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (NDS) is a private 501(c)(3) agency and an exemplary rated chartered NeighborWorks® America Member. NDS first opened its doors on August 19, 1985 under the name Ravenna Development Corporation. The organization was originally founded to form an on-going, private-public partnership to address the economic and community development needs of the City of Ravenna, Ohio. Since that time, NDS and the services it provides have expanded exponentially. It now serves most of Northeast Ohio, including the entire Portage County area, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne Counties as well as portions of West Virginia.
As a full service nonprofit developer, general contractor, property manager, and service provider, NDS has become a strong force in both residential and commercial real estate development. NDS’s programs include housing rehabilitation, its oldest service. In most cases, NDS enters into an agreement with the community to utilize CDBG funds. NDS is a continuous recipient of the USDA Housing Preservation grant, and has also administered Summit County’s Lead Hazard Abatement Program.
NDS’s diverse program portfolio also includes homebuyer education and counseling, downtown revitalization, economic development, financing and job creation, revolving loan fund administration, project administration, and grant implementation. This diversity has given NDS the capacity to play a key role in the revitalization of the Barberton, Garrettsville, and Ravenna downtowns and impact countless other communities.
NDS accomplishes each community’s goals exclusively through forming partnerships with local banks, political jurisdictions, the State of Ohio, USDA Rural Development, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, NeighborWorks America, homeowners, and other private nonprofit and for profit stakeholders.
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The mission of the NDS is to revitalize neighborhoods and communities, primarily for the benefit of low and moderate-income households through the provision and/or promotion of affordable housing, environmental sustainability, community and economic development, job-creation, and multi-discipline art as a community development catalyst.